El Caballo Blanco

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El Caballo Blanco (The White Horse)
Location Catherine Field, Sydney, Australia
Coordinates 34°00′35″S 150°46′31″E / 34.009732°S 150.775357°E / -34.009732; 150.775357Coordinates: 34°00′35″S 150°46′31″E / 34.009732°S 150.775357°E / -34.009732; 150.775357
Theme Horses
Opened 1972
Closed 2007

El Cabello Blanco (Spanish for The White Horse), Originally the first Spanish horses arrived in Australia in 1972 and were brought to the El Caballo Blanco complex at Wooroloo, Western Australia, by the Western Australian business entrepreneur Ray Williams. He imported the well known stallion Bodeguero and a number of mares, as the foundation of the Bodeguero Stud. Many of the present day Andalusian (Spanish) horses in Australia trace back to Bodeguero and those first mares. El Caballo Resort was established in 1974 at Wooroloo and the Dancing Horses were enjoyed by all.

Theme Parks[edit]

Later he established the El Caballo Blanco theme park at Catherine Field near the Sydney suburb of Narellan. Its main attraction was its Andalusian dancing stallions, but the park also featured miniature Fallabella horses, and a number of non-equestrian related amusements such as water slides, train rides, and a small wildlife zoo.

Williams then went on to establish an El Caballo Blanco park at Disneyland in the US. After Williams' death in the US, the operations of the various El Caballo Blanco theme parks gradually wound down and ceased.

For many years after the closure of the Catherine Field complex, it was used for storing items such as carpets, until a fire engulfed much of the building housing the main show arena. The Andalusian horses remained on the site, cared for by a group of horse enthusiasts.

After quite some years, the Wooroloo complex in Western Australia is once again hosting the famed Spanish dancing horse show.

Additionally, in June 2007 a new (independent) El Caballo Blanco show paying tribute to the Spanish dancing horses re-opened playing regular shows at Horseworld Stadium, located at Maraylya in Sydney's north-west.[1] This new show was put together by Rene Gasser

In September 2007, equine influenza made its way to Gasser's El Caballo Blanco show with three horses showing clinical signs of the disease. This caused the suspension of his shows.[2]

These horses can still be seen at Wooroloo in Western Australia.

In 2015, demolition of remaining buildings and attractions commenced to make way for a residential development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Caballo Blanco Website". 27 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Sydney Morning Herald". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 

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