From the spine-tingling opening haka performance, to the passion and flair of the Spanish horse and dancers, it will display an array of horse, human, harmony and unity.
Tina Fagan’s affinity with animals is hugely respected across New Zealand’s equestrian community . . . but she’s bringing even more to EQUITANA Auckland’s Saturday night show – EquiMana.
Combine her unique talents with those of her professional dancing husband Marcus Ashwell, and you have something truly spectacular in the making. Fagan has already spent months choreographing EquiMana, bringing together the performers, creating the music, preparing the horses and all the special effects that will come with it.
“There is a lot that goes on behind big shows like this,” she says. “It will be emotive and very much grounded here in New Zealand. It is the spirit of our country and what horses mean to us.”
Fagan has twice won the KHH Stallion Challenge at the Horse of the Year Show – in 2015 with Rock Star and again in 2016 with Bullwinkle. Horses have long been her passion and she has been training them for decades. She and partner Marcus Ashwell live with their two children on Starlight Farm in Pukekawa. Ashwell is a professional dancer who competes professionally in New Zealand and is the owner of Dancewell Studios.
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