The Royal Post

Here’s the work of a contemporary circus écuyère who performs both as a haute école rider and as an écuyère de panneau. Géraldine-Katharina Knie is part of a circus dynasty which originated in the early nineteenth century, and here she presents a trick variously called The Royal Post, The Hungarian Post or The Courier of St Petersburg.

This turn was invented by the Englishman Andrew Ducrowe and first shown before an audience at Astley’s Amphitheatre (the first modern circus) in 1827. A mere (mere!) nine horses are used in this clip, but the record stands at about seventeen, as I understand from Hilda Nelson’s book.

And here’s the Knie family presenting a liberty horse spectacular.

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