Horse-lovers from many countries gathered in Yugoslavia just across from Trieste in Italy to participate in the 400th anniversary of the world famous Lipica stud farm.
GV & SV PAN EXT Team of eight Lippizaners driven around arena at Lipica near Trieste Yugoslavia (4 shots)
SV Team of four young Lippizaners driven past spectators (2 shots)
SV White stallion led down course (2 shots)
SV PAN Young Lippizaners being paraded
SV Hungarian shepherd standing on Lippizaner making horse sit then climbing on back (5 shots)
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Background: Horse-lovers from many countries gathered in Yugoslavia just across from Trieste in Italy to participate in the 400th anniversary of the world famous Lipica stud farm. The stud, established by Austrian Archduke Charles, Emperor Ferdinand's son, has remained faithful to its tradition and continues to breed only the handsome white thoroughbred horses, best known perhaps by those of Austria's renowned Spanish Riding School. The anniversary celebrations began on July the 7th with a seven-day, 500 kilometre (300 mile) journey from Vienna, Austria, to Lipica, by a post coach drown by four magnificent Lippizaners.
SYNOPSIS: The celebration ended on Sunday (31 August) with a final event involving Lippizaners from several eastern European countries as well as the Spanish Riding School. This team of eight comes from Hungry's Kladruby stud.
From another Hungarian stable, Slariniany, comes this graceful team. The Lippizaner horses originated in Spain, once a branch of the great Hapsburg Empire. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna was first recorded in 1572. Young nobleman went to the court there to learn the aristocratic arts of riding, fencing and dancing. The animals' deceptively simple dance steps are a result of their extraordinary balance and fluidity of movement.
The horses are born black and gradually whiter through their youth. The Lipica stud keeps 50 of its thoroughbreds always at the disposition of its guests, who hire them for rides through the parks, forests and meadows of Lipica.
Only when the horses are thoroughly trained do they advance to the more difficult manoeuvres of "haute ecole" like sitting down and pirouetting.
Training can take up to 15 or 20 years. The Lippizaners can live to the age of thirty.