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Bethany TuskeyBy Bethany Tuskey
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Bethany TuskeyBy Bethany Tuskey
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$1,150
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 23 2016 4:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our Project

Synergy, the combination of two or more things to create a combined effect greater than the sum of the individual parts, is the name that we have given to our equestrian theater troupe. The idea is very simple: take passionate riders, energetic horses, and dynamic music and combine them together to create an experience that is as profound and engaging as it is graceful and inspiring. The riders are students and staff members of Tuskey Dressage, a horse training company based out of Dover Stables in Waterford, WI. The horses bring the best of breeds from around the world: the majestic and courageous Andalusians of Spain, the fiery spirit of the Arabian, the loyal and steadfast American Quarter horse, the power and grace of Portuguese Lusitano. In the hands of their riders they execute intricate maneuvers as if a dance to music. This combination of horses, riders, music, and costumes will create an experience that will immerse you in the magical world of the horse.

We ask you to join in as we ensure that the timeless art of equestrian theater is not only kept alive but as we strive to do so with excellence. Synergy now is in need of proper equipment. As all artists invest in their mediums we too are seeking partners in acquiring the quality equipment required to excel in this art. The plans are in place to develop a state of the art sound system, from a sound controller to amplifiers and speakers that will create the harmonious guide for our performers. The lighting and projection is a very important component in theater, as it sets the mood and creates focus, and we are in need of quality lighting equipment. The arenas that we perform in offer their own unique challenges to both stage set up and lighting. In partnering with us at Synergy you will help us to create that perfect atmosphere. Our desire is to build a stage and create a sound that will make our show an unforgettable experience.

Timeline

  • September 2016- launch Kickstarter
  • October 2016- become fully funded
  • November- December 2016- purchase equipment and build the stage
  • January-February 2017- introduce horses and riders to working with the new equipment
  • March- May 2017- develop and perfect our performances
  • June 2017- debut performance of Synergy: Equestrian Theatre
Tuskey Dressage hosted our inaugural performance this past May which was met with huge success. We are looking forward to taking our performances to a whole new level by adding professional sound, lighting, and staging equipment.
Tuskey Dressage hosted our inaugural performance this past May which was met with huge success. We are looking forward to taking our performances to a whole new level by adding professional sound, lighting, and staging equipment.


About Us

Tuskey Dressage was formed with the purpose of preserving the art of classical horse training. This is accomplished through the training of our horse, the instruction of our students, as well as through sharing this art through equestrian theatrical performances.

Bethany has been working with horses for over 15 years.. She has studied classical dressage, long reining, in hand work, and liberty training and has worked as a trainer, instructor, and performer. She has trained horses from young foals to the highest levels of dressage and works with students of all ages and experience levels. She enjoys performing with her horses and sharing the beauty and grace of the horse with people who do not get to experience it every day. She has performed at a variety of venues and events such as festivals, renaissance fairs, horse shows and parades. She is looking forward to taking her training and performing experience to create a high quality equestrian theatre that will inspire horse lovers of all ages.

Nate has been working with horses for over 10 years. In addition to the equine experience he has also been working with lighting and sound for churches and other theatrical venues for almost 15 years. With a great passion for music and a love of riding creating equine theater is quite a dream come true.

Tuskey Dressage hosted our first show this past May, which was met with huge success. We are excited to take it to a whole new level by adding professional sound, lighting, and staging.

Nate and Bethany along with Anna, Maia, and Ilustre
Nate and Bethany along with Anna, Maia, and Ilustre


Additional Goals

Any additional money raised will be used to purchase even more powerful and dynamic lighting equipment as well as to make improvements to our staging and costumes.

(The Horse) paws fiercly, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing .... In frenzied excitment it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.  -Job39:21-22,24
(The Horse) paws fiercly, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing .... In frenzied excitment it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. -Job39:21-22,24

 

Risks and challenges

With an equine world so enveloped in fast race times and blue ribbons at weekend horse shows and focus on competition, the art of classical training can become drowned out and lost. When most people would rather spend their weekend at a movie or playing video games, stuck inside the house, there is such a beautiful world of horses that we want to share. The only way to do that well is to commit ourselves to excellence in both our training and now in the equipment that we use to accomplish our goals.

Working with animals presents its own unique challenges as they must become accustomed to working in varied environments and under different conditions that a theatrical production presents but with our patience and experience we will be able to create an environment where the horses are comfortable and free to express themselves.

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