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Arabian Nights VIPs
For someone who enjoys good food and wine and is not particularly keen on horses, this show is not one I have rushed to see. However this time we were travelling with two 14 year old girls who are mad on horses, so we were beaten into submission!
We opted for the VIP upgrade (around $17 extra each) so the girls got to meet the horses and stars before the show and also we were guaranteed seats in the first two rows.
Once we had our tickets, we rang the show for the upgrade and were advised to arrive at least 45 minutes before the start to collect our package. On reflection I think an hour would have been better as we had to queue for around 15 minutes to collect it. Our package included posters, VIP pins (badges) free drink before show vouchers and our table numbers. All drinks with the meal are included.
On arrival you have your photos taken, then move through into a large room with a very busy bar. The voucher is for coke etc beer or sweet rose’ wine, other drinks were $8. 50 each.
Shortly before the show, the VIPs were called through to meet the horses. The girls had the chance to sit on a huge Percheron for a photo, taken by us, not by a photographer. Two of the other horses were in the ring with the show stars, for more photo opportunities and we also had a chance to go into the stables where the girls had their posters signed. I was very impressed with how clean it all was and how relaxed and beautifully cared for the horses were. After this we were called to our tables. The experience had lasted 20 to 25 minutes.
The tables were long benches, staged up each side of the arena, you stepped down onto the bench to get in, so if you have limited mobility, I would advise them when you book.
The food choice as expected was limited and a little bland, but perfectly edible although the mashed potato was really tasty. I heard no complaints from my husband about the beer, but bearing in mind the rose’ wine was served in large beakers, which they topped up constantly, I’m not sure if it contained any alcohol!
The show had a nice little fairy tale story line, filled with laughter, trick riding, acrobatics and the most fantastic horsemanship, all much better than we had expected. At the end, there was an opportunity for everyone to meet some of the horses and speak to the stars.
Would I go again? Well probably, although I might have to take my own wine!
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