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2nd Annual Skyrian horse festival 2015

                                           Wild beauty… gentle friend


Friday June 19th

19.30: Wild Beauty Gentle Friend opening event!

Surrounded by horses............

A theatrical demonstration of, equine agility, liberty, trick training, and ethical horsemanship… Let these little horses tell you in their own words why they love humans and what makes their hearts and souls free..... Enjoy all this and much more .... A warm Skyrian welcome awaits you with live music, wine, appetisers and local cheese.

Trachi Farm, hosted by Stathis Katsarelias and Amanda Simpson- Skyros Island Horse Trust.


Saturday June 20th

09.30- 11.30: skills sharing session for people who are working or want to work with the skyrian horses with - Clio Marshall, Bouillion de Poney – developing concentration, Rachel Etherington, Silva project - the practicalities of large herds of skyrian horses , Amanda Simpson, Skyros Island Horse Trust - working with stallions, Inga Seeger, developing trick training, Lena Heselmeyer, movement and psychotherapy, Nikos Kostaras, Hippologist - making cross country courses for skyrian horses.

Trachi Farm, hosted by Stathis Katsarelias and Amanda Simpson- Skyros Island Horse Trust.


20.00: The Skyrian horse from the past to modern day and to the road ahead to freedom.

A demonstration of traditional threshing of the historic fava of the island. A parade of horses accompanied by children. A journey through history from 1950 to 1980 from the photographic archive of Yannis Benardis.Live storytelling with the theme of the skyrian horse, by Niki Kapari and Yiannis Psimadas.A sculpture and art exhibition with the theme of the skyrian horse. Traditional dance from SSOPPA. A special night with music, dance and skyrian hospitality.

Kalikri, Mouries Farm hosted by Manolis Trachanas


SundayJune 21st

11.00-13.00: Workshop with the topic: “The role of the Skyrian Horse Society as the official registration body of the Skyrian horse. Phenotype, Genotype,  Rewilding”.    

Organised by the Skyrian Horse Society, funded by the Ministry of REconstruction of Production, Environmet and Energy Rural Development.

Hotel Perigiali, Magazia  



16.00-19.00: Discover the home of the Skyrian horse.

Visit to a magical mountainous landscape in the south of Skyros, the natural habitat of the skyrian horse. Guided visit by the people who organize the festival, walks, environmental activities for children and many more surprises.

Meeting point: Elementary School, Skyros Town


21.00: Final event party  - come and have some wine, meet the people who are the custodians of the skyrian horses and look at some beautiful art. Live music and DJ.

 The Art exhibition  is inspired by the muse of the Skyrian horse: sculpture, ceramics, painting..will be open: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00- 14.00 and 19.00- 22.00.

In the ceramic shop of Stathis Katsarelias in Magazia.


For more information contact: mob. 0030 6945496000,

The project is implemented by the Municipality of Skyros, in collaboration with the Hellenic Ornithological Society, ELLINIKI ETAIRIA Society for Environment & Cultural Heritage and the National Center of Environment and Sustainable Development, with the financial support of the European Commission and of the Green Fund.