Some of us are animal lovers, while there are others who dedicate their entire lives to them. Renowned horse trainer and entertainer, Sylvia Zerbini, is of the latter.
People across the globe have been left awestruck by Zerbini and her incredible talents. During her performances, she conducts her horses in a unique way creating the perfect mixture of beauty and magic.
One act that’s captivated the internet took place at the Del Mar National Horse Show in Southern California. Not only are Zerbini’s skills impressive to watch, but the results manage to take your breath away too.
A lot of people end up following their family’s footsteps in life. Sylvia Zerbini is someone who’s also taken the same path as prior generations, only it’s not your typical one.
Zerbini is a ninth-generation entertainer, with a mom who was a trapeze artist and a father who trained wild animals. She grew up in France around the family’s horses and at a very young age developed a passion for working with them.
In an interview with Horses Daily, Zerbini explained:
“I was very small, and the stallions were very big. So I began a bond with them, sitting with them for hours and watching how they communicated with each other.”
Zerbini has always had a natural gift for “reading horses,” and throughout her career, she’s combined this ability with her love and passion for them.
Over the years, Zerbini’s had amazing experiences and racked up achievements as well. She’s starred (and trained) in Cavalia, Ringling Circus, and her own Grand Liberte show – where she’s joined by up to 16 horses at a time. Audiences around the world have been left stunned by her performances, including the one in the video below.
It starts with the trainer releasing her first horse into the ring. The lights are dim and Loreena McKennitt’s tune “The Mystic’s Dream” is playing in the background, adding to the ambiance.
Zerbini enters the arena wearing a beautiful silver costume and is followed by a spotlight. Immediately she goes into action and begins directing the horse. According to California Riding Magazine, she communicates with horses through eye contact, body language, and verbal cues.
In the magazine article, it says:
“During a performance her stare can even stop a stallion from biting another horse.”
The majestic horse follows, stops, and rises to its hind legs under Zerbini’s direction. It even turns in a circle and dips for a bow to the audience.
But she was just getting started…
A second horse is released and it begins galloping around the arena. However, like a magician, Zerbini uses her talents and is able to stop the horse and it lies on the ground.
The whole scene is mesmerizing to watch, and eventually, the group grows to a trio of horses which all seem to be under Zerbini’s spell. Her natural gift and experience can be seen in her work.
It’s a performance that’s been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube and has received many positive reactions.
One commenter wrote:
“She is amazing. For these horses to perform like this, there is 100% trust and love. They are truly so beautiful”
Another person said:
“I’ve never seen anything like that. Very impressive and beautiful!”
You can watch this incredible act for yourself below!
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