The Calgary Stampede announces Hollywood equine trainer Bill Lawrence, is working with the three stars of the ENMAX Corral Show – TAILS: Three Horses. One Legend.
The renown movie backgrounder has recently participated in films such as War Horse, a production produced by Steven Spielberg, as well as the films The Legend of Zoro, Racing Stripes and The Young Black Stallion.
This talented horse trainer specializes in liberty training – which means training where the horses freely, based on trust and body language – without bridles, treats or strings. In this show Lawrence, will be able to guide the horses through their performances without any equipment on the horse.
“A strong connection between the trainer and the horse is key in liberty training,” says Lawrence, trainer, TAILS. “The trainer must feel the horses energy at all times and judge the horse’s body posture rather than trying to control the horse. It’s challenging work and never ending. Because the horses are creatures of habit, I have to pick up on their cues to try and stay two steps ahead.”
The opening of the show TAILS will be on Thursday, July 5, Lawrence will have been training with the horses for over three months to prepare for the show. Other TAILS stars include, Rae Lynn Armstrong, Sally Bishop and Madison Macdonald.
“We work with the horses every day to ensure they are in prime condition and feeling good,” says Armstrong, performer and trainer, TAILS. “From learning new skills, being exposed to the special effects and large crowds, maintaining endurance, and keeping healthy, the horses are well prepared to give their best performance every single show.”
The main characters of the show are the horses Travesio and I’pah’ka Pi are the main characters of the show, there are over 35 horses in this production. According to how this spectacle has been produced, each horse has a special role in the show that highlights their unique skills and capabilities. The Stampede says this means that the trainers not only have to train one horse for a specific scene or role, but the understudy as well. A large amount of time, effort and planning is going into ensuring all the horses are masters of their performances and the ENMAX Corral Show entertains all who come to share in the experience.
If you are interested in attending a TAILS performance, it will run three times daily at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and is free with Park admission.