Beyond the Big Top

Anyone who has witnessed the spectacular performances of Odysseo and its predecessor, Cavalia, is captivated by the talented equine stars. But what becomes of them once their show careers wind down? Dominique Day is the co-founder and executive vice-president of Cavalia Inc., with headquarters in Montreal, QC. Day and Normand Latourelle started Cavalia in 2002, creating an innovative touring show combining equestrian and theatrical arts. Day is also in charge of Ferme Sutton, the company’s 72-acre farm south of Bromont where the show’s horses are sent to enjoy their retirement years. “Once our show horses are ready for retirement, there are two options: we have an adoption program where the horses are adopted directly from the tour, or they come to Sutton,” Day explained. “We’ve had the farm for many, many years; in the beginning we bought it because we needed a place to import horses to. Odysseo didn’t exist…

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