Gala of the Royal Horses Heading to the Peoria Civic Center

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00 A.M.

Gala of the Royal Horses Heading to the Peoria Civic Center

The Gala of the Royal Horses Will be Galloping Over to the Peoria Civic Center


April 18, 2014 (Peoria, IL) - The Gala of the Royal Horses will be galloping over to the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, June 7 at 7:00pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 28th at 10:00am. Tickets are $28 and $38 each. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $58 each. VIP ticket holders are invited to attend a “Meet and Greet” at 5:30pm with Rene Gasser and several of his horses. Children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount (excluding VIP). Tickets can be purchased at, the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For group ticket information, please call 309-680-3551.


Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.


The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters, and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism, and grace of these revered creatures.

“The unique qualities of the Royal Horses single them out from all other breed in the Equine world. Their physical beauty and grace, coupled with exceptional courage and nobility, make them an object of admiration and a source of inspiration for horse lovers everywhere,” says Gasser.


Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will be featured in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds of Spain a heartbeat away.

In the south of Spain, the tradition of flamenco dancing is rivaled only by the tradition of breeding fine Spanish horses. According to Gasser, “The breeds have been featured in portraits with European royalty, used in multiple movies and are extremely popular among riders, world-wide.”


Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above the Ground”.

"We're going to have horses dancing alongside some tremendous flamenco dancers, and I think people are really going to be excited about watching this," Rene says.


For the last ten years Rene had been touring both in Australia and abroad with his various productions, which include Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars, Equestra and El Caballo Blanco. Rene is excited to bring an all-new revamped production of Gala of The Royal Horses to audiences across North America.


The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


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