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Saturday, July 23, 2005
Lipizzans from the Spanish Riding School
For those of you who don't come by often, I'll mention that I own a Lipizzan horse. So I often post on "Things Lipizzan". This is a really wonderful chance. The "real" Lipizzans from the Spanish Riding School (the source of all Lipizzan breeding stock) in Vienna, Austria, are touring the United States. Well, partly. They are going to in the Eastern half only. Sigh.

This year is the 60th anniversary of General Patton and the 2nd Cavalry's rescue of the Lipizzan breed. The last tour was 15 years ago, so if you have the opportunity to see them, it is truly spectacular. The poster below lists dates and where you can get tickets.

The only other way you can see them is at home in Vienna. However, the waiting list for tickets to see them there is about 18 months! So seeing them here is an incredible opportunity.

For those of you curious about the rescue by Patton there is a movie, The Miracle of the White Stallions, that tells the story. It was made in 1963 and has its corny moments, however, it also does a good job of showcasing what the horses can do. Colonel Alois Podhajsky, who was the Director of the Spanish Riding School during the 2nd World War, rides in the film.


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