Georgia Renaissance Festival signs “Equus Maximus” for exclusive US engagement!
The Georgia Renaissance Festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015 by cranking up the fun and excitement in the 32-acre 16th Century English Village of Newcastle, a unique theme park located just minutes south of the Atlanta Airport.
One of the entertainment mainstays of the Renaissance Festival is The Joust, and the Georgia Renaissance Festival is proud to announce the debut of “Equus Maximus” making it’s only US appearance in 2015 at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. “Equus Maximus”is a spectacular Joust production that includes stunts, trick riding, acrobatics, staged combat, and even chariot races!
Each day of the 2015 Festival, the grounds of the Royal Tournament Field will echo with the thundering hooves of over 4,000 pounds of equine fury as armored knights battle to claim victory by days end. During the quest, each knight must demonstrate their skills with horse, sword, and lance in a series of challenges that will have tempers flaring on the field and audiences on the edge of their seats!
Developed and presented by DeBracey Productions, “Equus Maximus” features the talents and skills of professional equine performers who have toured internationally with productions such as “Cavalia”, “Gladius the Show”, “HorsePower Live!” and Ringling Brothers Circus.
William Burch, a seasoned horse trainer and performer, is the owner and director of DeBracey Productions and has performed with many of the joust troupes currently working in the U.S. Burch has developed several large-scale productions with Jousting, Roman, and Wild West themes. His “Jousters, Cowboys, and Gladiators” production played to sold out crowds in Las Vegas and several cities in Texas.
“Equus Maximus” cast members performing at the 2015 Georgia Renaissance Festival include a talented husband and wife team with a romantic story of their own, fitting for a Renaissance Festival.
Dosbergen Kozugulov was born in Tash-Kumyr, Kyrgyzstan. Riding since a young age, Dosbergen has always been drawn to horses. He eventually left university to pursue his passion of "djigitovka" (trick riding) and "alanski" (Roman riding) with his uncle's troupe, the Kambarov Riders. He has travelled around the world performing in circuses such as Ringling Brothers and Gatti Circus, later moving on to grandiose productions "Cavalia" (2004-2012), "Valitar", and most recently with Big Horse Productions in "Gladius the Show". A performer for over 20 years, he is currently performing with his beautiful wife, Aly Love-Kozugulova.
Aly Love-Kozugulova, from Wyoming, Ontario, has been performing with horses for over a decade. Starting out in the Western Pleasure Ring, she moved to the equine entertainment known as “trick riding”. Aly quickly developed an extensive repertoire, and competed in the North American National Trick Riding Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario in 2010, taking third place. In 2011, Aly travelled to Australia to train, and while there, she won the opportunity to ride in the National Arabian Horse Show in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia – through a bet that she couldn’t stay on a horse! Not only did she stay on the horse; she also rode the horse in an equitation class, receiving an honorable mention. After returning home to Ontario, Aly joined the cast of the touring equine show “Cavalia”, where she met her husband, Dosbergen Kozugulov.
In late 2012, Aly and Dosbergen joined “Gladius the Show”, and in 2013, they worked with the Ross Millar Group to create the new children’s show “HorsePower Live!” which was featured at the Canadian National Exhibition in 2014, as well as many other prestigious venues. These two fine performers and the full cast of “Equus Maximus” can be seen daily at the 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 18 through June 7, 2015.