Cavalier Horses at Bolsover
Unique Cavalier horse displays
Experience the Riding School brought dramatically to life as the Bolsover Castle horses perform the spectacular art of dressage from April onwards.
With just four schools of classical dressage remaining in the world, Bolsover Castle is the only place in the country staging regular performances of this breathtaking art.
The intricate displays of circles, turns and leaps are performed to evocative Baroque music, with riders dressed in the frills, feathers and high boots of the Cavalier period.
Book your tickets
Shows are pre-bookable by calling 0370 333 1181, and with seating limited to 100 per show we strongly recommend you book in advance. Tickets are £3 for non-member adults, and £2 for member adults and all children. Please pay the standard Bolsover Castle admission when you arrive at the castle. For more information see our Events.
These unique performances recreate the sights and sounds of fine horses going through their balletic paces in the grand Riding House.
Father of Dressage
Dashing playboy and poet, William Cavendish, is widely credited as being the 'father' of modern dressage. The royal horse master and first Duke of Newcastle introduced the highly skilled art in the 17th century.
Today you can watch horses being trained at the 'pillar' - the white post Sir William used to encourage the horses to move in ever-decreasing circles. He was known for using kinder training techniques than many of his contemporaries.
Expert commentary explains the techniques being used as horses trot, canter and ultimately attempt the difficult 'airs above the ground' as a spectacular finale to the 20-minute performance.