South West Iberian Show FUNDRAISER

by South West Iberian Show in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

South West Iberian Show FUNDRAISER


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We inspired and innovated for the love of the Iberian. The risk was high; Saturday sold out, Friday did not and the show is in the Red

by South West Iberian Show in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The £1500 now raised (THANK YOU IBERIAN COMMUNITY) will cover the loss, but we do have rewards to purchase from that figure, so any pennies over and beyond that will help, we are just a little bit adrfit but we have made it! Thank you, obrigada, gracias!! XXX

*** LOTS of Iberian rewards available - see link at top of page on phone, or down the side on a PC *** 

The South West Iberian show is now heading into it's 8th year! From the outset we set out to showcase the beautiful horses of Spain and Portugal, horses like no other that fill our hearts with passion.  Year on year we have grown, 2019 saw nearly 1000 people on site taking part in daytime events and watching the incredible evening gala under Pro sound and lights by NUB sound.  A horse show like no other, brought to you by an enormous team of professionals and volunteers who work their socks off every year.  

In this extraordinary year, we faced the option of giving up or making something happen. We chose the latter. (Foolishly some might say!). It was a stressful and difficult task for everyone involved, and we extend our love and gratitude to EVERYONE who took part or supported us from afar.  

All day and night events were ticketed and limited.  The daytimes saw incredible world class competitive events with some of the very best Iberians in the UK.   And the evening shows were transformed into an exclusive "En La Ronda" experience. The audiences enjoyed an ever revolving show around them as they watched from their seats INSIDE the arena. The night included tapas by Paquito del Huerto, and fine wine from Shaws Iberian Wines. 

"THE SHOW MUST GO ON" - the theme of the year - this timeless track was due to be the entrance music as the audience were seated, it ended up as the finale, and what a moment it was as many of the evening's performers came back into the arena to join the British Association for Working Equitation squad riders. They had dazzled us all to the show stopping track Barelona by Freddie Mercury with their fairy lit horses and varas. No one can top the ultimate showman Freddie, so the two tracks together were the perfect ending.

The horses were spectacular, the emotions ran high.  We inspired, and uplifted, and brought many to tears.  We never set out to make money, simply to break even. It was a huge risk - ART FOR ARTS sake - in the name of the horse, for love of life itself, and to make an inspirational impact in a year that has been so devastatingly difficult for us all.  Ultimately, it was worth it to see people Friday and Saturday being so affected by such a unique Iberian experience in such a beautifully lit arena with Golegaesque smoke.

BUT, although the socially distanced Saturday night quickly sold out, very sadly, we could have seated another 20 - 30 or so on the Friday, meaning the show is returning a loss in the region of £1,500.  (Tickets were £50 including food, wine and table service as this was the only format that worked under huge restrictions - we weren't for putting on half a show, we believe in doing something properly or not at all. As Yoda says do, or do not).  

We have made some really lovely Iberian items available with the help of friends, sponsors and some lovely local businesses.   We are asking the Iberian community for assistance, and your help would be greatly appreciated, you can be part of getting the show back in the black, and we can start planning for 2021 without carrying a debt forward. If you can't find something you love, then perhaps you might just consider a token donation, but we hope there is something for everyone here. If you have any questions about any of the rewards (link at the top), then please let us know.

Please save the 2021 date - we always deliver, but pray next year will be back to normal - 2nd - 5th September 2021, The Grange, Devon.

We leave you with the words of the ultimate showman Freddie Mercury, and send a message of love and hope for us all for whatever lies ahead xx


Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé

I had this perfect dream
Un sueno me envolvio
This dream was me and you
Tal vez estas aqui
I want all the world to see
Un instinto me guiaba
A miracle sensation
My guide and inspiration
Now my dream is slowly coming true

Wind is a gentle breeze
El me hablo de ti
The bells are ringing out
El canto vuela
They're calling us together
Guiding us forever
Wish my dream would never go awayBarcelona - it was the first time that we met
Barcelona - how can I forget
The moment that you stepped into the room you took my breath away
Barcelona - la musica vibros
Barcelona - y ella nos unio
And if God willing we will meet again somedayLet the songs begin
Dejalo nacer
Let the music play
Make the voices sing
Nace un gran amor
Start the celebration
Van a mi
And cry



Empty spaces, what are we living for?
Abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?
Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime
Hold the line
Does anybody want to take it anymore?

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Inside my heart is breaking
My makeup may be flaking
But my smile, still, stays on

Whatever happens, I'll leave it all to chance
Another heartache, another failed romance, on and on
Does anybody know what we are living for?
I guess I'm learning
I must be warmer now
I'll soon be turning, round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free

The show must go on
The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My makeup may be flaking
But my smile, still, stays on

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairy tales of yesterday, grow but never die
I can fly, my friends

The show must go on
The show must go on
I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On with the show

I'll top the bill
I'll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
On with the show
Show must go on
Show must go on

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