2  Early Equestrian Entertainments in Colonial America (1771–1812)

Performances by significant equestrian performers are documented to have appeared in the American colonies beginning in 1771. The earliest of these performers presented demonstrations of horsemanship, meaning expert riding, including acrobatics. These were similar to those performances given around this time and slightly earlier in England. Early equestrians originated feats of horsemanship and complete equestrian acts that would continue to entertain audiences for hundreds of years, some of which are still performed today. These performances unfolded as follows.


Mr. Faulks is the first rider advertised to perform equestrian feats publicly as a formal entertainment in the ...

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