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White Lippizaners begin 2014 UK performances at Motorpoint Arena

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The Spanish Riding School of Vienna will be bringing the famous Lipizzaner stallions back to the UK in 2014. And for the first time ever the UK tour will come to Yorkshire, kicking off with three performances at the Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on 31 October – 2 November. This is the first time the majestic, highly trained horses and riders of the 430 year old ‘High School for Classical Horsemanship’ will have performed in the North of England. The tour will then move south for three dates at London’s Wembley Arena on 14-16 November 2014.

The show is an impressive display of classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. All of their famous in-hand work and movements above the ground such as the Capriole, Levade and Courbette will be performed.

TV presenter and British Dressage Ambassador, Nicki Chapman will be hosting the event and will be joined by special guests. Chapman commented:

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna very rarely perform outside of Austria but when they do they thrill crowds with their astonishing combination of grace and athleticism. I’m lucky enough to have been involved in the last two UK tours and it’s an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life! The Spanish Riding School of Vienna has performed all over the world, and given several private performances to the Queen and other members of the Royal family but UK tours are rare and exceptional. This is a extraordinary once in a lifetime opportunity to witness these most celebrated, world renowned horses performing in the UK.

Owlerton is new stadium home of Sheffield Eagles

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Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Sheffield Eagles have concluded a two-year agreement that sees the rugby league club returning to the venue where it first formed almost 30 years ago. The Eagles will play all home fixtures there from February 2014, ahead of which improvements will be made to the pitch and changing rooms.

The move back to Owlerton, which has a capacity of 6,000, has been supported by Sheffield City Council and backed by the Rugby Football League – the governing body for rugby league in the UK. It follows the closure of the Eagles’ former home, Don Valley Stadium. John Gilburn, Managing Director of Owlerton Stadium, said:

We’re delighted to be welcoming the Eagles back home to Owlerton – the place where it all started for the club almost 30 years ago. It is fantastic that we have been able to help the club stay in Sheffield and we look forward to working in partnership to help the Eagles realise their Super League ambitions.

The Eagles’ first team training sessions and youth matches will continue to take place at Sheffield Hallam University’s sports complex, on Bawtry Road. Ian Swire, Chairman of the Sheffield Eagles, said:

We intend to play our fixtures on Sunday afternoons and look forward to creating a fantastic experience utilising the varied dining opportunities in the restaurants at the stadium to complement the superb entertainment supplied by the back to back Champions on the field.