Spanische Hofreitschule, Spanish Riding School, Vienna
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Performances of the Beloved Lipizzaner horses
The Spanish Riding School is one of the most iconic attractions in all of Austria. It is absolutely unique in the world, and preserves an art so refined and courtly that it transports any viewer back into imperial times. The white horses, the Lipizzaner, are carefully bred, reared, and selected in Austria to enter into the High School, where they undergo years of training. There they learn to transform the movements naturally in a horse’s pattern of motion into what can only be described as articulate dancing. Every step must be executed with absolute precision, and the daily Gala performances demand focus from horse as well as rider. Held in the ornate Baroque riding hall, a show by the Lipizzaner is an exclusive experience that should not be missed. The pirouettes, quadrilles, and breathtaking jumps can only be perfected by the country’s most promising stallions – horses so rare, they may as well be unicorns.
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