Horse destined for slaughterhouse now a star with Cavalia show

SECOND CHANCE: The partially blind stallion (above) was saved from being sent to a French slaughterhouse six years ago and has been with Cavalia since.
SECOND CHANCE: (Above) Renato with veterinary technician Sascha Nott. The partially blind stallion was saved from being sent to a French slaughterhouse six years ago and has been with Cavalia since.
STAR TREATMENT: (Above) Nearly all of Cavalia's 50 horses arrived in Singapore by plane from Brussels last Wednesday. The stable and warm-up tents are kept at 20 deg C so the horses would not overheat.
EQUINE FRIENDS: Miniature horse Troubadour (centre), greeting a friend as it is led through the stables by artistic and equestrian operations director Marc-Olivier Leprohon.

Its name, Renato, means "born again" in Latin.

An apt name for the horse, considering that just six years ago, it was whiling away its days at a French farm, waiting to be killed for its meat.

But the team sourcing horses for Cavalia, a touring equestrian and performing arts show, was tipped off by a fan about the three-year-old stallion, so they decided to take a look.

Despite being partially blind, the Comtois - a breed of working horses - now tours with Cavalia.

From Aug 12 to Sept 14, Renato and the rest of the troupe will be performing for audiences in Singapore.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 5. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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HURT: A boy who is receiving treatment at Ren Min hospital in Ludian county.
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IN COURT: Former CHC board memberJohn Lam (above) and former CHC finance manager Serina Wee yesterday.
IN COURT: Former CHC board memberJohn Lam and former CHC finance manager Serina Wee (above) yesterday.
Church founder Kong Hee.
Sun Ho.

She was supposed to become a global superstar and then use her popularity to spread the church's message.

But the reality was that Ms Ho Yeow Sun, who uses the stage name Sun Ho, had many unsold albums.

So much so that City Harvest Church (CHC) spent close to half-a-million dollars to buy back 32,500 of her Mandarin albums languishing on shelves in Taiwan, Indonesia and the US in 2004.

The prosecution yesterday revealed these details, which were in an e-mail by former CHC finance manager Serina Wee, as the trial against six of the megachurch's leaders resumed after a two-week break.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 5. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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