Loyal Repensky Troupe


Loyal Repensky Troupe

Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2008

Circus Profession:
Equestrian Troupe

Born: 1926      Died: 2008

loyal repensky plaque

Loyal Repensky Troupe

The Loyal-Repenski (sic) Troupe had roots going back to the French circus dynasty, and although the act that joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1932 featured Circus Hall of Fame rider Guistino Loyal, it was named after his grandparents, Jules Loyal and Antoinette Repensky (there was actually no one named Repensky in the American act of the 1930s).

Their Ringling act during those years featured an unusual seven-person pyramid on five horses, with four post riders and three top-mounters slightly different than depicted here.

After forming his own circus Guistino Loyal retired from performing in 1958 but continued to teach at the Sailor Circus until not long before his death in 1999 at the age of 89.

The Loyal family has been in the circus world almost as long as there has been a modern circus with the name mentioned as far back as the 1790s, and in the early 1900s the dog trainer Alf Loyal was one of the first to make the trip from Europe to the Ringling circus where he performed his act for many years.

Even today in France the circus ringmaster is referred to as “Monsieur Loyal” as homage to the earliest members of the family who performed in Parisian circuses during La Belle Epoc.

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