A reader sent an email suggesting that I attend one of Sylvia’s clinics if I ever had the chance…
Sylvia Zervini is that amazing woman who has the herd of white Arabians in Cavalia. She works with them at Liberty… Amazing.
OMG! SHE HAS CLINICS??!!! and private courses?!
I had no idea.
And, much to my dismay, the last clinic was practically in my backyard. I could have driven there easily.
So, to make sure that this never happens to you, I’ve listed a bunch of ways to find out when Sylvia might be in your area.
* I also noted on her website, that she does private sessions. Wow! Put that on your Christmas list, eh?…
HER WEBSITE/FB PAGE
I clicked over to Sylvia’s website, hoping to find where she would be next.
Unfortunately, the Schedule link had no dates, which was very frustrating because her FB page had photos from her recent shows.
So, she is touring somewhere… according to FB. Perhaps we need to email her to find out, dunno. Or, watch her FB page closely.
WE SHOULD ALL ‘LIKE’ HER PAGE BECAUSE IT IS SO PERSONAL WITH HER HORSES!
Speaking of which, Sylvia has hardly any followers on her FB and that is such a shame because she write personally and speaks all about her horses and their daily routines.
We could probably learn some things through osmosis.
She even posts little home movies of her horses. Very candid and sweet! It kinda makes you feel as if she is just like one of us – except then you remember that she totally isn’t… ;)
One of her relatives also writes about grooming and the real life stuff that happens. I love that! You might, too, so to to her page check it out!
After browsing her FB page, it was clear that Syliva has left California. Arrgh. The last show listed was in The Sable’ Theatre, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee oon April 18th.
Did any of you see her show?
Have any of you gone to her clinics?
Have any of you had private tutoring with Sylvia?
I’d love to hear all about it!
MORE PICS, JUST FOR FUN!
Mary Lu Kennedy – wow – you’ve really got your facts scrambled. The Del Mar show was a benefit organized BY Sylvia to assist the performers and horses who were stranded when the owners of the show they were working on packed up and left without paying them. That show was called Valitar. Sylvia was with the Cavalia show for years as their trainer, coach and featured performer. She did her own and others’ shows for a few years and has just been working with Cavalia again. She selected new horses for their new show and has been training horses and riders who are preparing to open the newest version of Cavalia Odesseyo. The clinics and lessons Sylvia gives are simply priceless. She teaches humans how to communicate with horses through body language. Once a human learns how to speak to horses from the ground using body language, then that human has tremendously effective tools for working with ANY horse. I have been to the shows, I have taken lots of lessons, I have worked on the shows and clinics and i have worked for Sylvia personally, caring for her retired horses. She is awesome. Should you EVER have a chance to see her shows or attend her clinics, DO IT. It is well worth every cent you will pay and more. Oh – and about “checking her background” – she is famous all over the world for her work with horses and on the trapeze – her family has been famous for a century or more for their work with horses and other performing animals. If you check her background and references, you will find she is 100% legit and one of the most talented and ethical horsepersons in the world.
I found this video of her at Cavalia; can’t tell when it was. Whoever or whatever she is, she has no fear! Amazing rapport with her horses.
Here’s a news article about what happened in Del Mar.
She held a clinic where I board last summer. I was quite unimpressed with it. I didn’t audit, but rode in an adjacent arena and neither I (nor my trainer) could understand why anyone would pay money to work with her.
I saw Odysseo recently. Don’t know it was Sylvia, but they did have a liberty act with gray Arabians. One of them kept biting his neighbor, which I found distracting. I kept wincing on behalf of the victim.
Here is a link to the article about Del Mar. It looks like Sylvia was part of another show and that the producers bailed with most of their horses and left the other performers and horses stranded.
This should open up a debate… I’m not recommending Sylvia because I haven’t been to her clinic – but I did see her Cavalia show and it was impressive. So, let’s see what others say! (Her clinic was recommended to me by someone who had been to a clinic.)
I believe that this is the same Sylvia who was to appear in Del Mar a few years back and her staff walked out because she insisted that she was going to ride the horses and they said that except for ground work she was an embarassment and incompetent. It was a big mess and folks were trying to raise money to feed her horses. She was not with Cavalia very long. I remember reading about it on Google. You might want to check her background before recommending her.