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Odysseo Delivers Magic

If you can catch Odysseo on tour, jump at the chance. The show offers a magical combination of entertainment and horses that will capture the imagination of even your least horse-crazy friends. Plus, there’s eye candy for everyone: gorgeous horses, beautiful but not scantily-clad women, and hunky guys.

Call me shallow, but I really enjoyed watching Fabio work at liberty with the horses. He was an expert handler with a real rapport with the horses.

Call me shallow, but I really enjoyed watching Fabio work at liberty with the horses. He was an expert handler with a real rapport with the horses.


Then there’s the mind-boggling set. Choreographing an equine ballet inside a tent is no small feat. Of course we expect an arena of sorts, but when horses appear over a ridge and make their way downhill to the forefront of the arena, it’s a marvel of engineering and imagination. To further the illusion, the backdrop changes throughout the show from day to a star-studded night, woodland to savannah, and through the seasons from summer to winter.
For the less than equine enthused, when the horses aren’t stealing the show, aerial artists, acrobats, and dancers entertain and amuse, creating a visual wonderland. Live music, lighting effects, and stunning costumes add to the appeal.
Horses on a hill, Odysseo's incredible, mind-boggling set

Horses on a hill, Odysseo’s incredible, mind-boggling set


But what about the horses? For the equine obsessed, Odysseo is a box of chocolates to be savored. A herd of 49 geldings and stallions take turns sharing and stealing the stage, showing off their strengths and personalities at every turn. Likewise, the trainers exhibit admirable fitness, skill, and technique in every act. The rapport between horse and handler as they demonstrate jumping, vaulting, roman riding, dressage, and working at liberty, is captivating.
The horse/handler relationship was at its most entertaining in the liberty work. In my favorite act, the curtain opened to find horses sleeping on the hillside, each snuggled alongside a handler. The horses woke up, rolled, and began following their handlers on cue through a choreographed routine, unaided by bit, bridle, or halter.
Sleeping horses awoke and joined their handlers to perform at liberty - with varying degrees of cooperation

Sleeping horses awoke and joined their handlers to perform at liberty – with varying degrees of cooperation


Throughout the act, new horses joined each handler, until horses were grouped in teams of three and four, gracefully moving at the walk, trot, and canter throughout the arena, winding in and out of one another in formation. The best of the riders/handlers elicited prompt responses and respect from their horses.
However, despite years of training, horses will be horses — with minds of their own. One handsome gelding left his group several times to go on walkabout in a harmless bout of naughtiness. My non-horsey husband loved the unpredictability of this. We watched with amusement as the outlier was deftly returned to his group, more than once, by skilled handlers.
Sitting in a tent in Portland, Oregon I thought of the hundreds of urban dwellers who were seeing horses with fresh eyes — cheering and applauding an animal that can be asked but not forced to comply with human handlers.
For me, Odysseo celebrates the spirit of the horse and the magic of the horse/human bond, making it accessible to those who may never before have recognized the power and grace of the equine athlete.
Spend an evening in Odyssey’s tent and take the opportunity be entertained and delighted.
For a special 10% discount to your Odysseo tickets, please use this code.

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O Odysseo!

What a grand surprise when I received a VIP invite to attend Odysseo’s ‘Social Media Night.’ The event coincided with our wedding anniversary and Al, non horse husband extraordinaire, was game to go.
I’d seen the ads and trailers for the show, plus got a brief review from Linda Martin (owner of Portland’s Glisan Street Saddlery) when I made a quick (yet fruitful) stop in her shop on my way into town from Bend.
Linda raved about the set and overall continuity of the show. With two new flattering yet functional breeches in hand, I left her shop really excited about the evening’s adventure.
How fun to see gleaming white circus tents in the urban setting of Portland, OR — just under the Ross Island Bridge. I knew the horses were stabled in tents just a breath away. I would love to watch the set-up and can only imagine how much work is involved. The behind-the-scenes workings are intriguing.

In Portland's urban setting, white tents rise up against the sky inviting us in.

In Portland’s urban setting, white tents rise up against the sky inviting us in.


We were ushered into the VIP tent, thankful to find that everything was well air-conditioned since it was 80-something degrees outside, which is hot for Northwesterners. After a lovely happy hour and beautifully presented buffet dinner, we made our way to our third row seats. Third row!!!
The lights dimmed, the curtain slid gracefully out of sight and the show began.
As with any equestrian extravaganza, Odysseo begs the question, “How are they going to pull this off? How many horses? How big of a venue? What kind of riding?”
I felt certain I would be entertained and amused, knowing the work and caliber of talent Cavalia invests in their shows. The question remained — how would they pull it off?
The answer is “Beautifully.”
Today I’m going to leave you with a bit of a teaser. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I most loved about this show, knowing that what horse people and non horse people take away from it may be quite different.

p.s. Tomorrow I’ll also include a special code, giving you a 10% discount should you want to purchase tickets. You should. 🙂

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