Saturday, OCT 5 – Ontario Has Talent, in conjunction with Dressage Canada and C-DAAP, hosted a fundraiser entitled Horsepower x2 “Where Horsepower Meets” at the lovely Oakcrest Farm in Whitechurch-Stouffville (CAN) this afternoon.
Kicking off at noon, the event had a wide range of activities for all in attendance. Highlights included great food (ribs, cotton candy, popcorn, and a candy bar!), an array of vintage cars, a silent auction, and live entertainment! A $30 ticket got you full access to the days activities, and food, and all funds raised will support youth Dressage riders in Ontario.
The highlight of the afternoon was a series of Dressage freestyles with some serious creative flair, executed by some of the Canada’s top Dressage riders. All of whom did a great job strutting their stuff in elaborate costumes, wowing the audience while also demonstrating their prowess at the art of Dressage.
Though we weren’t able to catch all of the performances on the afternoon’s roster, those we did catch we thoroughly entertaining.
The demonstration kicked off when Elvis entered the building. That’s right, the king was back, and we were seeing double. Diane Creech and Vanessa Creech-Terauds swung it in style with an Elvis themed pas de deux, complete with white bejewelled pant suits and Elvis wigs atop their helmets.
Following their performance, Belinda Trussell wowed the audience with her solo freestyle to music from Riverdance. Decked out in green, she and her her mount brought the Irish to Oakcrest, and had the audience clapping along with the beat.
From there we were transported back to the Wild West in Alex and Tom Dvorak’s pas de deux, featuring music from 60’s Westerns. The Dvorak’s rocked their freestyle with cowboy hats slung across their backs, and outfits that looked as if they were pulled straight out of John Wayne movie.
The last two freestyles we caught were a great pair of performances, first a Chicago themed pas de deux featuring Nancy MacLaughlin and Jessica Costello with singer Elizabeth Elming , and then a solo freestyle performance by Megan Lane to Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria.
Following each freestyle performance guest judges Brenda Minor and Zack Werner provided their thoughts on the performance.
Over 300 people attended today’s event, which was a remarkable success, and which couldn’t have occurred without organizers Gabriele Sutton and Kimberly Goodyear, and all those who generously donated their time and supplies.
For more information on upcoming Ontario Has Talent events, check out their Facebook page.