Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flying Horseman

27 year old Lorenzo jumps incredible obstacles at a gallop while standing on his 8 grey Lusitano horses. Called "The Flying Frenchman," Lorenzo perfects his routines on the beach near his home town of Saintes Maries de la Mer in southern France. His popularity has led this equestrian prodigy to perform at many prestigious venues, including the World Jumping Championships in Calgary. Lorenzo has been involved with horses since he was 6 years old. The horses are trained by the sound his voice, he rarely "sits" anymore on horseback and if so, it's often backwards. The horse likes the interaction, games and complicity which constitue Lorenzo's whole life -- it's a life of work and discipline. It takes him 3 years to train a horse to jump with him (standing on his back) at liberty (with no tacks). His brother explains that Lorenzo shows are a mix of voltige, gymnastic, horsemanship and magic.

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