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ABOUT EL GATO

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El Gato is a purebred white Arabian horse with Spanish bloodlines.    He was born in 1999 and was taught to dance by Indalecio Macedo (Jr.).   The Macedo family is well reknowned for being the top dancing horse trainers in the world.   The family has won many awards with their horses. 

His rider and handler, Kelly Christine, is new to the dressage and dancing horse world and has only been riding him for two years now.  Together they are learning more and more dance movements and tricks to please their audience. 

Kelly had stopped riding completely several years ago because of a severe leg injury.   When she first met Gato, she had not been on a horse for over three years and was reluctant to get on him at all......but when she did, there was an instant connection.   Kelly still fights many issues with her injury including severe arthritis, swelling, bruising, lack of circulation, and limite mobility which leads to a lot of pain in her leg when riding.  It's because of this that she doesn't ride Gato that much between shows.  She plays with him 'in-hand' everyday as they continue to build their incredible bond together.   Kelly believes that Gato has 'saved her life' in many ways and she is grateful for everyday she is allowed to spend with him.

Kelly and Gato have collected many costumes over the past few years and have enjoyed traveling around the Midwest dancing and performing for audiences at local fairs, equine events, parades, festivals, weddings, and private parties.  El Gato dances to the beat of the music by performing the difficult, advanced high school dressage movement called the "piaffe" which resembles a high stepping, trot in place.  He also may choose to 'hop' to the beat jumping into the air from one front leg to the other while hovering there to the music.  You will also see him perform a high stepping march called the "Spanish Walk".   El Gato can do many other tricks and movements and chooses to include them when the music is just right.

 When you get done looking at his page and all the videos we've got loaded up, click on the "Photo Gallery" page next and you can see for yourself what a phenomenal animal El Gato truly is.   

 

Gato knows so many things ..... he is simply amazing to meet.   He is especially good around children and the handicapped.  He is extremely careful around crowds and LOVES petting and pictures.  Here he is pictured above sitting in his beanbag chair, laying down on command and bowing,.    Please enjoy the video clips we have uploaded for you to watch as Kelly learns to dance on Gato and do various other activities.   If you are having a celebration or any other type of event where you are looking for unique entertainment, please feel free to email or call us to see if we may be able to come to your location so you can meet the famous "El Gato" in person.

 

Kelly learns to dance on Gato ...

   

** Some people have told me I need to take some of these videos off of here and replace them with newer ones of us performing now that we know a little more.   I think I would rather leave these clips on here so people can see that this isn't that easy.  I've been riding for years and this has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to learn.  The cues to get a horse to do some of these movements are so subtle and you can mess them up so easily.   It's really an art and I can see now why it takes years to master these advanced dressage movements.    These videos are of some of our very first rides.   We continue to get better and better and we learn about each other and as I learn more about the art of dressage.    I do cringe when I watch some of these because I REALLY needed more practice.   Gato is trying to understand what I want but I'm giving him mixed signals.    ....but all in all ... everytime we go out there, we do our best and we have a blast.  That's all we can do.   We will continue to mess up and get better as we grow together.    I hope you enjoy watching my struggle as I attempt to learn on these videos. 

 

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Dragonfire Dancing Horses
(*Home of El Gato)
Kelly Christine
1262 170th Street
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Phone: (641)425-0689
Email:  knrarabians@iowaconnect.com
Website: www.the-dancing-horse.com
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