About Spirit

Dreams really do come true!!!

My name is Yvonne Barteau. For much of my young life I lived away, in my imagination, where a better life was only a thought away. As I matured and followed my destiny into the world of horses, riding, training, and teaching I knew that I was on the path chosen for me.

Eventually I made a name for myself as a dressage rider, equine theater producer, author, and film maker. Six years ago, the plight of unwanted and cast-off horses in America grabbed my heart and my attention and it has not let go. It was my time, my turn, to give back.

Fast forward to now. The World Equestrian Center (WEC) is, in my opinion, the biggest and the best equine venue the world has to offer all horse lovers. My dream shifted as construction on this equine paradise was completed. What about our holiday benefit show, The Spirit of the Horse being showcased there? For all to see, celebrate, and contribute to the horses who so desperately need our help. Well…It looks like this dream will become a reality this December at WEC.

The Spirit of the Horse show is an unpaid labor of love and commitment from all of us who want to speak for those with no voice of their own. Our four-legged friends that served us so well but now need us to keep them from harm or poor health. Top riders, trainers, dancers, set designers and our remarkable Director, Jessica Lawton, have combined and donated their incredible talents toward this benefit production. Here is a link to a short 2 ½ minute trailer with scenes from last year’s performances:  https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=1eZZxDLuepk so you can get a good idea of what the show is about.

We need sponsors! Any amount will be put to good use to help cover costs of promoting and producing this one-of-a-kind uplifting tale of love, magic, and the greatest gift of all…family.

Please look over our sponsorship options for Spirit of the Horse and be part of something both heartwarming and vital as we work to feed and care for our 50 plus rescues at Horses Without Humans in Bell, Florida.

With kind regards,

Yvonne Barteau
Founder, Horses Without Humans

6191 North US Hwy. 129, Bell, FL 32619-4104
Office Phone: 386-935-3902
Cell Phone: 352-949-5053
Email: HWH.adm.assist@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/horseswithouthumans/
Website: https://www.HorsesWithoutHumansRescue.org


We will be the change…One horse at a time…and one after another!

The Spirit of the Horse is created, produced and led by world-renowned horse trainer, clinician and dressage master Yvonne Barteau, who was formerly the principal trainer, featured performer and Director of Entertainment Operations for the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater. 

Barteau also produced and performed the sold-out BreyerFest evening show at the Alltech arena in Lexington, Kentucky for four years in a row, as well as The Night of Dancing Horses for the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Her equine productions feature expert horsemanship, layered story lines, and imaginative costuming.

For the last twelve years, the sensational Spirit of the Horse has been touring around the country to sold-out audiences. We are excited to be bringing this magical, heartwarming theater story on horseback to the World Equestrian Center for the first time!

Spirit of the Horse is a family-friendly, live holiday tale of hope, love, and the greatest treasure of all…family. The show features two orphans, whose only wish is a family to love them. In the story, they have been selected to carry the magic of the horse on to the next generation of horse lovers and are brought to the Snow Palace, where they learn the magic is within them. 

The delightful one-and-a-half-hour event features a story rich with characters and diversity. See the beautifully costumed horses and riders perform a dazzing and spectacular dance in the enchanting Snow Palace ballroom among the amazing dancers, villains, royal fairies and toy soldiers. Watch the Snow Queen inspire two abandoned orphans to believe in love and redemption, the good of everyone, and the astonishing Spirit of the Horse! It’s an experience the whole family will enjoy and a stunningly beautiful tribute to people and horses alike!

Paula Frasz and the fabulous Pas de Cheval dancers are also featured in the show, amid a holiday atmosphere with theater sound and lighting. The costuming is amazing, the horses are beautiful, and the story is one that all can embrace.

Highlights of the evening include five USDF Grand Prix gold medalist riders:  Matt McLaughlin – a well-known trainer from the Ocala area, Kiersten Main, Kassie Kuz, Kayla Barteau, and Yvonne Barteau as the beautiful Snow Queen.

Proceeds from Spirit of the Horse will benefit Horses Without Humans Rescue. The organization’s founder, Yvonne Barteau, said the annual Spirit  event is the biggest fundraiser for the organization in terms of the number of people involved and money raised for a single event. “Proceeds from Spirit will allow us to care for more horses who have been neglected, abused or in some other way let down by the humans entrusted with their care,” she said.

Horses Without Humans, located in Bell, Florida, is a nonprofit equine adoption organization devoted to rehabilitating and retraining unwanted and at-risk equines with the goal of finding them suitable life-long adoptive homes.