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Oliveira Dressage Presents Display at 2007 FEI World Cup Dressage Finals

For the second time at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in Las Vegas, NV, the classical equestrian performance of Oliveira Dressage will be featured on opening night Thursday, April 19, 2007 and on Saturday night April 21, when four Lusitano stallions trained by the legendary Portuguese Master João Oliveira will perform at the Thomas and Mack Center in two distinctive and memorable exhibitions. Cobento Biotech A/S of Denmark is sponsoring Oliveira Dressage’s World Cup performances.

Opening night will showcase a classical pas de trois fit for a king when tenor singing talent, Jesus León, accompanies this Louis XIV inspired riding exhibition in traditional costume. León, the featured soloist for Master Oliveira’s 2005 World Cup performance, is an inaugural member of the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and will perform with the Santa Fe Opera in summer 2007.

A return of Oliveira Dressage’s stunning Lighted Horse performance, which brought standing ovations at the World Cup Finals in 2005, will add an extra glow to Las Vegas when four Lusitano stallions silhouetted by lights from poll to tail, perform on Saturday night. Featured in the Oliveira-trained Lusitano stallion lineup are: Trinco, Vittorio, Pensamento, and Unitario.

At the World Cup Finals, Master Oliveira’s family and friends will perform for Oliveira Dressage. His cousin Ana Luisa Valença, a top ranking Portuguese rider and star in the European equestrian spectacle Apassionata, will again appear. She was featured with him at both the 2004 U.S. Olympic Selection Trials and the 2005 World Cup Finals. Joining Ms. Valença in this year’s exhibitions are Portuguese matador Mario Miguel; Frederico Cardoso, who also stars in Apassionata; and Carlos Carneiro, a longtime performer for the Valença family of Portugal.

Master Oliveira, who planned the exhibitions with his cousin, will not perform. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and is currently undergoing treatment. He hopes to attend the World Cup exhibitions. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Master Oliveira is the heir to the classical riding legacy of his father Nuno Oliveira.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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