Strictly come prancing! It"s Britain"s one and only horse ballet school brought back to life after 300 years

Strictly come prancing! It's Britain's one and only horse ballet school brought back to life after 300 years
Haute ecole not been seen in Britain since the reign of Charles II and discipline became popular in France and SpainSpanish Andalusian horses thought to be the only breed with physical strength and intelligence to master it

Olympics where Team GB won a total of five medals.

Charlotte Dujardin mesmerised the nation with her performances of routines on her horse Valegro, winning gold in the team dressage and individual dressage events.

Her sequence featuring Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben proved a big hit with the judges and raised the profile of dressage as a sport among the British people.

Last year was the first time Britain had ever won a medal in an Olympics dressage event.

Ben Atkinson,19, on 'Ocle' a 6 year old Spanish Andalusian horse performing a 'Capriole' where all four of the horses legs are off the ground at once in the castle's original riding room

10-year-old Bonito a Spanish Andalusian horse performing a 'Pessade' in the castle's original riding room.

Equine ballerina: The capriole (left) where all four hooves are off the ground and the pessade (right) where the horse stands on hind legs, are important parts of the dance

Pretty pony: The horses taking part in haute ecole must look the part as well as being trained to perform complex choreography

Pretty pony: The horses taking part in haute ecole must look the part as well as being trained to perform complex choreography

Seventeenth century sport: This illustration of a horse performing a capriole, where all four legs are off the ground dates back to 1650 with Bolsover castle in the background

Seventeenth century sport: This illustration of a horse performing a capriole, where all four legs are off the ground dates back to 1650 with Bolsover castle in the background

The original riding room at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire (shown in this illustration) is once again being used for haute ecole 300 years on

The original riding room at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire (shown in this illustration) is once again being used for haute ecole 300 years on