Lipizzaner Stallions have recently completed their 41st Anniversary Tour. In 1970, Producer Gary Lashinsky created a new family
arena attraction, starring The "World Famous" LIPIZZANER STALLIONS.
Many horses and riders were brought
from Europe to perform in this unique family oriented arena attraction.
Over the years, twenty-three million people throughout North and
South America, Great Britain, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have
seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle.
All new music, choreography
and routines have been incorporated in this anniversary edition
with a major emphasis on the historical background and foundation
of the Lipizzaner breed, from its original breeding and use as
a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to a living
form of equestrian art. The show emulates the Spanish Riding School
of Vienna, Austria, in its presentation of Lipizzans, and maintains
a traditional as well as entertaining performance similar in many
ways to what you would see at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
included in the performance is a segment called
the "Airs Above the Ground." These are the spectacular leaps and
maneuvers, once used by riders in saddle to protect and defend
themselves on the battlefield, which are now preserved as an equestrian
work of art. When you see the Lipizzans perform, it is like stepping
back four hundred years and viewing one of the greatest equine
ballets in history.
Lipizzan is a rare and unique breed; its history
and culture is known worldwide. The Walt Disney movie The Miracle
of the White Stallions, depicting General George S. Patton saving
them at the end of World War II from certain extinction, created
an even greater world-wide interest in the Lipizzaner breed. Had
it not been for Patton, there would be no Lipizzans today.
the Lipizzans star in this presentation, the ancestral
forefather of the Lipizzan, the Spanish Andalusian, is featured
in a high school presentation with special wardrobe themed to
traditional Spanish music.
only is the Andalusian shown in saddle, but also
in a unique presentation where the rider performs all the maneuvers
of the Grand Prix Olympic level dressage on the longline, while
walking behind the horse and guiding him through his paces.
The current tour features 12
to 14 stallions performing selected maneuvers as described above
in an exciting presentation.
The conclusion of the performance
of The Lipizzaner Stallions is the traditional Grand Quadrille,
featuring six to eight Lipizzaner Stallions with their riders
performing an intricate, equine ballet, exhibiting maneuvers through
the highest level of dressage. The Lipizzans prance, march and
intricately weave their way across the floor to the music of the
Masters in a spectacular ballet of four-footed white dancers.
Harkening back to time when the
horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner
Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire
family. One does not need to be a horse lover to enjoy "The Equestrian
Treat of the Century"!