International opera sensation, Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson, and his wife Louise, will be guests of honour at the inaugural Para Dressage Music Gala Night, taking place at Myerscough College later this month.
The free to attend British Dressage event will take place at Myerscough’s International Equine Arena, on Friday 21 February, during the Equissage Pulse Para Dressage Winter Championships.
Once described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Frank Sinatra”, Russell is globally respected and admired. The tenacity the para athletes show in producing outstanding dressage with their horses is matched perfectly by Russell’s path to international success. Having worked from the factory floor, literally, to performing for Presidents, Emperors, foreign and British royalty, he has overcome challenging medical issues, inspired millions and always been at the heart of several outstanding charities and trusts. Russell won't be performing on the night but it’s hoped he and Louise will present some prizes.
British Dressage Para Director Julie Frizzell commented: “To have Russell and his wife Louise, a talented dressage rider herself, as our guests is such a privilege and will make for a truly unforgettable evening for our para dressage athletes.
‘’We cannot wait to share our own performances with Russell and Louise; what a wonderful start to the year for all our riders, from those on the Paralympic campaign to our first-time para freestylers.”
The evening is free to attend with doors opening at 5:30pm. Myerscough’s Equine Café will be open for light suppers in the interval. The evening comes to an end with the prize giving at around 9:45pm.
by Dave Salmon