Official opening of the Festival at the Montessori School in Saint-Lazare

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Official opening of the Festival at the Montessori School in Saint-Lazare

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), Monday, July 3, 2017 – Surrounded by the beautiful emerald-green setting of the forest, the children at Montessori School were thrilled to unveil their whimsical creation—the very first in a series of horses included as part of a joint project. Surrounded by children and daycare educators, Au Galop Festival Ambassador and Municipal Councillor, Ms. Pamela Tremblay, along with Ms. Isabelle Salvas, Executive Director of Promutuel Insurance Vaudreuil-Soulanges and official festival sponsor, and Ms. Elsa Davies, Director of Ma Petite École Montessori joined the members of the municipal council, event sponsors and partners to reveal the first one of nine announcing directional signs marking the official opening of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival.

New this year! – A row of colourful horses serve as directional signage

The event organizers wanted to add a creative and playful touch to the 2017 edition—and invited local daycare children to work with them on the project. The children and educators from 9 participating daycares on Chemin Saint-Angélique were eager to show off their talents by decorating the front of their daycare buildings. Together, these artistic creations appear as a row of horses making their way towards the Festival, allowing them to also serve as directional signage for the event.

 

July 8 and 9, 2017: plan your weekend!

Saint-Lazare welcomes thousands of citizens, visitors and tourists for two days of equestrian celebrations. These two days of events, taking place over several sites every year, spotlight anything and everything horse related. The line up includes educational workshops, pony rides, shows and equestrian sports demonstrations, including horse ball and horse training. The Festival also has the privilege of welcoming extra special guests including the dazzling Québec Issime troupe, with its Cowboys de Willie à Dolly show, as well as masters of the family equestrian show, Horse Power Live and Cavaland. Note that all shows and activities are offered free of charge.

COW-BOYS de Willie à Dolly by Québec Issime – Free admission

With 12 performers on stage, a magnificent decor and 2 hours of the best country hits, this group is sure to keep the party going at Bédard Park as they hit the Promutuel Insurance stage! Don’t miss the show on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Foires au Galop zone.

Cavaland – Free admission

You’ll be dazzled and amazed as these 10 horses and riders demonstrate their skills in a variety of disciplines.  Pony painting activities, a virtual museum through interactive educational touch-screen terminals, a collection of rare saddles as well as photo sessions are sure to please both young and old!

HorsePower Live – Free admission

10 horses and riders in a fun and educational show. Don’t miss their headlining show on Sunday, July 9 at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. in the Grand Galop Zone. Come meet the riders and their mounts in the stables.