Lucy Worsley learns to ride - in fact, she learns how to dance on horseback before putting on a show for the paying public! Now, if this sounds mad, horse ballet or manege was once the noblest of pursuits practised by everyone from courtier to king in the first half of the 17th century. Having become fascinated by this horsey hobby whilst writing her PhD, Lucy is on a quest to find out why this peculiar skill was once so de rigeur - learning the lost art from its modern masters; visiting the Spanish Riding School in Vienna to witness spectacular equestrian shows; exploring its military origins through donning Henry VIII-style jousting armour; and discovering horse ballet's legacies in competitive dressage and, more surprisingly, in the performances of the Royal Horse Artillery, the King's Troop today.
Takes viewers behind the scenes of the 440-year-old equestrian institute and follows them on tour in Malmo, Sweden. It is the first time a television channel has been given access to the historical institute on this level. Sara Silfverberg takes viewers on a journey to discover the traditional methods used by the Spanish Riding School - developed all those years ago to aid war horses in battle - that now form the spectacular show that thousands of tourists travel from all over the world to see.