21/06 to 28/06 2015
21/06 to 28/06 2015
Ana Luisa Vasconcelos Matias Valença Rodrigues – Bi to my friends
I’m a Portuguese citizen born in Lisbon but early on I became become a citizen of the world, traveling around the globe with my family and my horses …
Inês began her riding career at the age of three. Her public debut was in the show perfromed by the Centro Equestre da Lezíria Grande at the Golegã Horse Fair. She did a Pas 3 with her mother and grandfather, as well as a solo. She hasn’t stopped since then! Inês has been in hundreds of shows in Portugal and abroad as part of the CELG cast of riders.
By the time this video was made the legendary Sultao was already in retirement. Yet here he is in the long lines still able to canter backward, do Spanish walk backward, and perform what Valenca likes to call a little “Fantasy”.
The love between horse and man is evident here.
Worth watching. Even if you don’t speak French. What Mestre Valenca is saying here is that equestrian art is based on three things.
Love, Beauty and the Elegance and Kindness of the horses natural movement.
From an early age, horses have been a dominant feature in Filipa Valença´s life. The eldest of a Master Horse rider, she learnt the art when she was almost still a toddler, under the influence of her Father, her Godfather – Fernando Ralão – and Master Emílio Mota.
Following the ‘hard’ years of the Carnation revolution in Portugal, the family headed to the Canary Islands where Filipa, alongside her Father, rode the horses of the ‘Tauro Country Club’ show.
Her debut in presenting show horses was at the age of 6, first at the Fair in Santarém and afterwards at the Fair in Golegã.
She is married to Rui Pedro Maneira Câncio, a PE teacher and professional sportsman. He too, throughout his life and career, has managed to conquer many victories, achieve many awards and medals, which have honoured Portuguese sport worldwide.
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