Horse Illustrated Podcast Episode 14

On this month's Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, meet Grande Liberté Performer Sylvia Zerbini and POA judge David Brewer.


In the 14th episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Straight Arrow Products, hosts Glenn the Geek and Holly Caccamise chat with two guests about an upcoming event and a hot topic in the equine industry. Listen now to meet Sylvia Zerbini, the producer and director of BreyerFest’s Celebration of Horses show and David Brewer, a renowned POA judge and breeder. Plus, hear from Heidi Garbe of the Humane Society of North Texas about the adoptable horse of the month, Clara.

Hosts: Holly Caccamise, Editor in Chief of Horse Illustrated & Young Rider and Glenn the Geek, host of Horses in the Morning.
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Sylvia Zerbini, Grande Liberté Performer

Sylvia Zerbini is producer and director of this year’s Breyerfest evening performance, “Power of Your Dreams,” which she created exclusively for BreyerFest. This year’s show features thrilling performances from the horses of Cavalia that you won’t see anywhere else (available to all in-person ticket holders as well as online to 3-day virtual pass holders).

Photo courtesy Sylvia Zerbini

Sylvia, who’s known for her Arabians, will perform her signature Grande Liberté act. Look for 12 Arabians abreast in a mesmerizing display described as the “quintessential equestrian ballet.” Sylvia’s stunning Andalusian/Arabian stallion Rico, who became a 2019 Breyer portrait horse, will add enchantment.

A ninth-generation equine performer, Sylvia was born in Sarasota, Florida, and grew up with her parents on tour. She took to the air (trapeze!) as a girl, but horses were her passion. Sylvia has enchanted more than 10 million people throughout Europe, North America, and South America, since her stage debut at age 5.

Learn more about BreyerFest.


David Brewer, Carded POA Judge

David Brewer is a carded POA judge and longtime breeder. He has judged multiple state and national shows for a variety of breeds, has been an IHSA steward, is a clinician, and is also a coach for 4H horse judging and hippology teams. For the past 15 years, he’s bred and shown Congress and world champion POAs, and now Paint Horses, from his Morning Star farm in Moteagle, Tenn.

Photo by Shane Rux, courtesy David Brewer

Read an article with insight from David that was featured in the June 2022 issue of Horse Illustrated.


Featured Adoptable Horse

Meet Clara, The ASPCA’s Right Horse adoptable horse of the month. This tall beauty is offered by the Humane Society of North Texas, located in Fort Worth, Texas. If you’re looking for a versatile thoroughbred with a sweet spirit and tons of potential, Clara might be your #RightHorse.

Adoptable Horse Clara
Photo courtesy Humane Society of North Texas

Learn more about Clara.

Website: Humane Society of North Texas
Instagram: @HumaneSocietyofNorthTexas

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