The Colnaghi Foundation Tour Of Andalusia

We were delighted to involve The Colnaghi Foundation in our first Creating the Future Conference last year. The Foundation’s objective is to promote Old Master artworks and antiquities to a 21st-century audience.

At our conference they displayed a fabulous piece of sculpture, the polychromed wood sculpture of Saint Anthony of Padua was by the Spanish artist Juan Pascual de Mena, produced ca. 1750, which was then choreographed into a mesmerizing dance performed on stage at the conference by the AVA Dance Company.

Continuing their mission to promote old masters and antiquities, the Foundation has created a tour focused around the Andalusian Horse which will take place in the Autumn this year.  Including access to hippic events and expert guides, the tour includes four of Spain’s main centres of horse breeding, training and display: Seville, Jerez, Ecija and Cordoba.

Some of the highlights of the tour are:

A visit to the REAL MAESTRANZA DE CABALLERÍA DE SEVILLA in Seville for a special visit of the Palace and bullring. This guild was created in 1670 from the remnants of the ancient Cofradía de San Hermenegildo (or Hermandad Caballeresca) to train nobles in the use of arms and war horsemanship in order to better serve the Spanish Crown. It was the first of the “maestranzas de caballería” to gain the privilege of being led by a member of the Spanish monarchy, in 1730.

A VIP performance in Jerez at the ROYAL ANDALUSIAN SCHOOL OF EQUESTRIAN ART, devoted to perpetuating the classical tradition of Spanish baroque horsemanship, preparing horses and riders for international dressage competitions, and providing education in all aspects of horsemanship, coach driving, blacksmithing, saddlery, harnesses, and the care and breeding of horses  Like the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Royal Andalusian School is well known for its "dancing stallions". The school is adjacent to the historic nineteenth-century Palacio Duque de Abrantes.

A visit to BODEGAS TRADICIÓN, also in Jerez, for sherry tasting and to see the fabulous collection of paintings created by its founder Joaquin Rivero, including works by Zurbarán, Velázquez, Hiepes, El Labrador, Valdés Leal, Goya, Maella, Lucas Velázquez, Madrazo, Lucas Villamil, Carlos de Haes, Sorolla, Zuloaga, and Romero de Torres.

A visit to the CORTIJO SAN PABLO, seat of the Yeguada Miguel Angel De Cárdenas: Estipe Cardenas. Located outside the beautiful Baroque town of Ecija, this ranch was created in the 1940s and belonged to Miguel Angel Cárdenas Osuna - Count of Prado Castellano - who won many gold medals in Spanish dressage and participated in the London Olympics. Since his recent death, it has been run by his wife, and we will visit the mares and foals in the fields, witness a special display of dressage, and learn how to drive an "enganche" horse carriage.  Lunch will be taken in the private house of the Countess of Prado Castellano.

For information about other Colnaghi Foundation itineraries – for example ‘Grand Tourists in Venice’ – and further details about the Spanish Horse, please contact [email protected]


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