During the 80’s and 90’s, whenever you heard the George Baker Selection’s 1975 hit, “Una Paloma Blanca”, straight away you started thinking about one thing: the dancing horses of El Caballo Blanco!
Built on former farming grasslands at Catherine Fields in Sydney’s south-west, El Caballo Blanco opened in 1979, and soon became one of hugely several tourist attractions around Sydney, including Old Sydney Town the African Lion Safari at Warragamba.
Featuring Andalusian stallions that were trained to dance and ridden by performers in elaborate Spanish costume, El Caballo Blanco, was a popular place to visit especially for families and school groups.
But by 2000, its original owner, Ray Williams, passed away, and closed soon after his death.
Sharyn Spark worked at El Caballo from 1985 until it shut, then was the caretaker until 2007, telling the Daily Mail: “The horse displays were very special. It was a first for Australia.”
“It was quite magical – I can’t even tell you how much it means… just the world really.”
Japanese developer Sekisui House is planning on redeveloping the site as part of a $930 million masterplanned community called, The Hermitage.
The El Caballo site itself has been subdivided into 400 lots and will include a Greg Norman designed golf course.
The whole development will eventually host more than 2000 homes and almost 6000 residents across 320 hectares.