A post coach, drawn by four magnificent white stallions, is being driven through Yugoslavia, to celebrate the fourth hundredth anniversary of the world famous Lipizzaner horse stud.
GV Ljubljana banner and PULL BACK TO street scenes
GV Band and mounted escort for coach pulled by Lipizzaner horses
CU Stable emblem AND PAN TO crowds
CU & PULL BACK Horses and crowds as the coach arrives at post office, and mail is ceremoniously delivered (4 shots)
GV Crowds and music (7 shots)
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Background: A post coach, drawn by four magnificent white stallions, is being driven through Yugoslavia, to celebrate the fourth hundredth anniversary of the world famous Lipizzaner horse stud. The seven day journey will end in Lipica after starting out from Vienna -- the same route used by the horses when post was delivered by coach hundreds of years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The Lipica stud supplied the Spanish riding school in Vienna with its graceful Lipizzaner breed until the end of the First World War. Now the horses are bred in Piber, Southern Austria. However, a pedigree stable still exists in Yugoslavia.
As always the white horses drew the crowds. They're born with a black coat which gradually whitens. They're so graceful that the animals' natural movements have been developed into dressage routines, with deceptively simple dance steps.
Only when the horses are thoroughly practised do they advance to pirouettes, pesades, caprioles and canters. However, in Ljubljana the Lipizzaners' more modest role was to re-capture the days of old when they delivered post.
It was a time for celebration too, as in the olden days when glittering balls, concerts and equestrian pageants were held throughout the country.