Equestrian skill was part of the chivalric code, helping medieval knights prove they were brave enough to lead a charge in battle and smart enough to transcribe their horse’s dictation without a translator. Witness ancient arts in action with this GrouponLive deal to the Ma'Ceo 2012 equestrian show, presented by Cavallo Equestrian Arts, LLC, at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. For $25, you get two single-day tickets for adult general admission on April 4, 5, or 6 at 7 p.m. (a $50 value).
The acrobatic Zoppe-Zamperla family draws on 166 years of showmanship and much older Cossack, Roman, and gypsy traditions as they and Cavallo Equestrian Arts' other performers tour the globe, standing, flipping, and hanging upside down on galloping horses. During Ma'Ceo, flamboyantly attired artists and acrobats along with their steeds execute amazing maneuvers amid acrobatics, music, and dancing beneath an enormous yellow big top rolled in from Italy. Spectators time-travel back to the age of gypsies, mystics, and spaceships made of wood, performers weave their equine synergy with spectacles such as juggling and stunts. The Zoppe-Zamperla brothers have also wowed national audiences with featured performances in movies including The First of May and The Fisher King, and at The Cheval Theater and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circuses.