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An original production set to tour in March 2014, Gladius features an original score along with horses, stunts and acrobatics. Read more

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An original production set to tour in March 2014, Gladius features an original score along with horses, stunts and acrobatics.

About this project

"GLADIUS" THE SHOW

WHAT'S OUR STORY?

We are a Las Vegas based group of equestrian performers with a solid dream and inspired vision.  As accomplished professional vaulters (a sport of gymnastic on horseback), we had an itch to get more creative.  In 1997, we started a company based on a dream that we could develop equestrian acts that had never been seen before, and we began a tour to do just that!.  After just getting started, we were invited to participate in the creation and tour of the international sensation, Cavalia, and were with them through the first two years of their tour.  It was an amazing experience.  After the tour, however, we still had great desire to create new acts. We moved to Las Vegas and began to create meaningful connections in the circus world.  Our dream was to create an amazing horse show with equal amounts of horsemanship, acrobatics, and theater that would one day be featured on the Las Vegas strip.  We tossed all barriers to the wind, decided our ideal show venue would be Caesars Palace and began writing a show that would be perfect for the venue.

One of the Roman Riding stunts with our performers
One of the Roman Riding stunts with our performers

Since then, we have been working on our ideas in our 3 acre property in Vegas.  We call it our 'Field of Dreams'. Through trial and error we have built all of our props (a giant pole apparatus that also tethers two giant horses with female acrobats dancing on their backs), a 37' aerial rig for all of our high flying stunts from horse to air and vice versa, and numerous fire props, including a giant aerial fire hoop.

A rehearsal in our 'Field of Dreams'
A rehearsal in our 'Field of Dreams'
We began putting on monthly shows, free of charge, for the Las Vegas community to share our performance ideas, try out new stunts, and get community feedback. After 6 months of performances, we are ready to take our show on the road, literally.  What you will see in the video above is taken from one of our backyard shows.  When this show gets under the lights in an arena, it will be truly light your fire!

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Our Fire Hoop!
Our Fire Hoop!

WHAT IS GLADIUS ABOUT?

Alive, supreme, and conscious itself, Gladius is home to a myriad of enlightened creatures including the Gladiusborns, the Eluminit Gods, and the Lokidian Gods. The horses of Gladius are the sprit that holds the world together. The beings of Gladius must find peace after an ancient power is uncovered and threatens to disrupt their universe. The horse gods must guide this magical world as it achieves its destiny through dangerous stunts and acrobatics. Gladius will steal your heart as it seeks balance through passionate adventure. 

In Gladius, the spectator will see high flying aerial stunts from the horses to the air, battles, chariot races, acrobatic vaulting tethered by pole dancing, fire manipulation, Roman riding with aerial silks, and much more. Most of all, the stunning horses and love for them will thread throughout. Our show features 20 horses (Belgians, Andalusians, Minis, Percherons, and Quarter Horses) and 15 professional equestrian performers who have been featured in Cavalia and Arabian Knights and Acrobats from Cirque du Soleil. The show runs 90 minutes. 

Erik and Alethea: Creators of Gladius
Erik and Alethea: Creators of Gladius

OUR PLAN

We will do a tour of arenas in the US, and our first city is booked. The world premiere will be in Denver - the hometown of many of our crew, We will open March 9th at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and will continue shows at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Westernaire's Arena in Golden.  We are in the process of booking 5 cities per year. We are committed to bringing our art to the world and are in the process of booking five (5) cities per year.

Knowing that success doesn’t come without giveaway, our vision includes children and youth.  We believe we would have been lost in our lives without the love for our horses and the opportunity to learn and create circus arts. Most people never have a chance to express skills through partnership with these incredible creatures.  In every city of our tour, we will provide a program designed to meet needs of at-risk youth by giving them the opportunity to be around amazing horses and learn circus arts.  Our program is called "Hoofprints" and the mission statement is:  "Helping children express themselves through Equestrian performance art."  Big Horse Productions will offer an outlet for children to become inspired in a world that does not often provide positive, inclusive and unique opportunities.  In Denver, we have partnered with the Urban Farms, an incredible program that will give us our first venue for giveaway to many deserving children.  

As we make our way across the US, imagine how many lives we can change!

BREAKDOWN OF OUR GOALS:

-To take“Gladius,” on the road in five (5) arenas across the United States.

 -To bring a community outreach program to at-risk youth in each city where we perform. 

-To bring our show back to Las Vegas to a host venue in a more permanent setting while continuing to provide programs for at-risk youth through horses and circus arts.

Risks and challenges

We realize that with this project also comes risk. This is why all of our marketing begins now.

We are opening in Denver, CO where we already have an arena set and a lot of community support, We already have a marketing director, experienced in this exact market to help to get things off the ground.

In addition to this, we own all of the props, horses, music, costumes, merchandise. We also have a tech crew ready to go, just because so many people believe in this show and support us. In opening in a town that already is helping us, we believe it is a great place to use as a springboard to launch our show.

We have connections in the world of equestrian entertainment and show business in general and this is helping us greatly in solidifying our tour.

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    Any little bit helps!!! For this donation, you have our sincere thanks and we will also send you a key chain featuring one of the superstar horses of the Gladius production.

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    We thank you so much for your support. For this donation to our project, you will receive a poster that is also signed by the entire cast of "Gladius".

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    Thank you for believing in our amazing project! For your kindness and help, you will receive a poster signed by the entire cast of the show. We will also include a DVD of the performance opening night.

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    We feel so blessed for those of you that can donate to our show. This donation will give you up to Four tickets to a performance of your choice in any city we play. You will also receive a backstage tour to meet the horses and crew of the show.

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    We are forever grateful for your help in kicking our project off the ground! For your donation, you will receive 4 drink cozies, 2 posters signed by the entire cast, 2 DVDs of opening night signed by the entire cast, and 4 tickets to the show in a city of your choice (where we play) followed by a backstage tour to meet the horses and crew.

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    For those who have it in their hearts and wallets, we are so thankful!!! For your generous and loving donation, you will receive a 4 posters signed by the entire cast, 2 DVDs of opening night signed by the cast, a backstage tour, and photo op with our horses and crew and your name featured as one of our supporting backers in our program and website.

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    For the ULTIMATE giver! For this generous donation, Big Horse Productions will donate 100 General Admission/Child tickets to the charity of your choice. (Children's Hospitals, Foundations, Nonprofits, etc. Whatever is close to YOUR heart!) In addition to that, each lucky ticket holder you bless will also receive a signed poster from the cast and a photo opportunity/meet and greet with the performers.

    You will also receive 8 VIP tickets to Gladius, 4 signed posters, 4 DVDs of the show, a tour with our horses and your own photo opportunity with the cast. Your name will be featured as one of our premium backers on our website and in our program.

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