Lipica Things to Do

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    Horse Tour And Performance

    by painterdave Written Jul 5, 2012
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    You've seen them in movies and television, but now is your chance to see them perform, and what a performance it is.....You will leave realizing how difficult it is to train these horses to prance, jump, and perform their maneuvers in groups of two, four and more. There are also some carts pulled by the "Lipizzaner" horses.
    The performance takes about 45 minutes and is combined with a tour of the farm which includes historical information and an explanation of the type of horse bred here. The tour of the farm takes about one hour. You are allowed to visit the horse stalls and they explain in YOUR language what it takes to feed and care for these famous horses. (Yes, you can pet them).
    The farm has over 400 horses, and it was started by Archduke Karl, who was the son of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor in 1580. At this time it is said that the country of Slovenia owns the farm.

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    Take the guided tour

    by oriettaIT Updated Jul 1, 2012
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    Lipica was founded in 1580 and has a long tradition in horse breeding. The buildings you see around the property have been rebuild and restored in the 19th century, they are kept very well, clean and they give a feeling of organization. The real star are the horses, almost all of them with royal blood in their veins. The most precious stallions are kept in big stalls and they all looked like they have a personal care taker who keep them clean, brushed and in general, handsome.

    When I visited in mid June it was very hot so most of the youngest horses, the mares and the foals were not in the stables but in the fields around the main core of the farm.

    The guided tour was very interesting, the guide showed us around and explained in great details the history of the Lipizzaner horsed and of the farm itself. He was very informative and also fun to listen to.

    Check their site for a detailed timetable and prices list.

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    Attend the Classical Riding School Performance

    by oriettaIT Updated Jul 1, 2012

    This was the main reason of my visit, I was going to be in Trieste, Italy and I found out that very day the performance was going to take place.
    It is a wonderful demonstration of how smart, handsome, elegant and powerful Lipizzaner horses are. For a rider it is a great experience, second only to actually ride one of those fantastic creatures.
    They show a perfect harmony between horse and rider, the performance has different music theme to accompany the move and it does seems like they are dancing.
    As you will be told before they start, the exercises require a lot of concentration by the horses and the riders so you will be required not to clap until they are finished and to avoid the use of flash when taking pictures. As a personal suggestion, out of my own experience, I would say that a scared horse does not enjoy his work much...

    You can see more picture about the performance in my travelogue here

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    Lipizzaners' museum

    by oriettaIT Written Jul 1, 2012
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    The guided tour include a visit to the museum that has been inaugurated in 2011.
    It is mostly addressed to children but it is still very interesting. It show the evolution of horses from their appearance on hearth with some very well preserved and rebuild skeletons.
    Than it goes on illustrating horse mood and habit.
    A very interesting installation show the different mantel's color from when they are born to mature age, a process I still find quite amazing!

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    Visit the horse stables.

    by cachaseiro Updated Apr 22, 2011

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    Horse how at Lipica.
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    t Lipica they have a very nice tour of the horse stables where you are shown around by a local multi lingual guide that tells you about the story of the horses, takes you through the stables and at the end you see a dressage show with the horses.
    I am a tour guide and do many tours for a living around the world and i can tell you that this is really one of the top tours of this world.
    And this comes from aperson who is not really that interested in horses.

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    The breed

    by novsco61 Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Lipizzaner originates from Slovene Karst horse which was later refined with other breeds.
    In the year 1580 3 Spanish stallions were brougth to Lipica,they had Berber, Pyrenees and Arab origin.

    Lipizzaner breed has built its exceptional reputation due to its characteristics which include: elegance, docility, endurance and a moderate nature.

    Today, the Lipizzaner is bred in six national stud farms: Piber in Austria, Ðakovo in Croatia, Fara Sabina in Italy, Szilvasvarad in Hungary, Simbata de Jos in Romania, Topolcianky in Slovakia and Karadjordjevo in Serbia.

    There are about 4.000 Lipiizzaners in the world, 700 in Slovenia. In Lipica stud farmthey take care for cca. 350 horses.

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    Stud farm

    by novsco61 Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    Lipica is a cradle of Lipizzaner horses from all over the world , founded in 1580.
    From then on Lipica stud farm is breeding purebred Lippizaner horses,from last century they also have their own classical riding school.

    Guided tours are as shown below:

    January
    10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
    February
    10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
    March
    10.00(*), 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(*)
    April
    9.00(*), 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00(*)
    May
    9.00(*), 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00(*)
    June
    9.00(*), 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00(*)
    July
    9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00
    August
    9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00
    September
    9.00(*), 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00(*)
    October
    9.00(*), 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00(**), 17.00, 18.00(*)
    November
    10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
    December
    10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

    * Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only.
    ** With the Classical riding school presentation at 15.00 hrs, the tour to the stud farm is scheduled at 14.00 hrs or at 16.00 hrs.
    *** Except Easter Monday and 25th June.

    Performances of classical riding school are from April to October on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 15.00. Bold

    Extra performances on public holidays at 15.00:
    1 January, Easter Sunday and Monday, 1 and 2 May, 25 June, 15 August, 30 December.

    Remark: With the Classical riding school presentation at 15.00 hrs, the tour to the stud farm is scheduled at 14.00 hrs or at 16.00 hrs.
    Extra performances of the classical riding school are available by prior arrangement.

    Training sessions of the classical riding school

    Visits to training sessions of the classical riding school
    From April to October, every day, except Monday: 10.00 - 12.00 hrs.

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    "run white horses, snowy white horses...."

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 19, 2007

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    Tours of the stud farm can be taken in a variety of languages and there are oppertunities to see the horses dance. Our timing was completely out so I couldn't comment on whether it is worth watching the "shows".

    The Lipizana horses are beautiful. Starting life brown and then turning white as they mature. This is no longer the only Lipizana breeding farm in the world - but obviously the first and most famous.

    The horses that were out in paddocks were all very gentle and came to see us for a fuss.
    The horses that were in stables were the "show" horses and they were exhausted. They are obviously worked very hard and the routines are very tiring. Thus much said all horses appeared to be very well taken care of.

    There is a room (or there was when we were there) that has been turned into a gallery for paintings of the Lipizana horses. Our guide enthused over the gallery but my children were bored senseless and I preferred to spend the time with the horses.

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    The Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 11, 2007

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    The Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua is a pretty little chapel that is located on the grounds of the Lipica horse farm and is visited as part of the horse farm tour. The chapel was built in the 1600s and then remodeled in the 1800s. It features a beautiful frescoed ceiling.

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    Tour of the stables

    by mikelisaanna Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    A tour group in one of the stables at Lipica
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    Every hour, there is a tour offered of the stables where the Lippizaner horses are bred and raised. In addition to the two primary sets of stables, the tour also includes the farm's chapel. The tour is offered in several different languages, with separate tour groups for each language.

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    The Stables

    by Bregman Written Aug 27, 2005

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    If you are a horse fan, you should visit Lipica. I admit that for me it wasn't that exciting... Anyway, the white horses are beautiful. You get a guided tour in which you hear everything you want know (and them some more...) about horses in general and the history of the Lipica horses. The horses were raised and trained here and then sent to Vienna, back in the times when Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. But there are still horses and training going in here. There are presentations of the riding school between April and October (consult the WEB site for specific days and hours).

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    ABOUT THE CAMARGUE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE....

    by eden_teuling Updated Jul 8, 2003
    CAMARGUE SOUTH OF FRANCE...

    This is just to let you know that today (8th July) I discovered, reading some travel articles, that the wonderful horses you can see in THE CAMARQUE (SEE MY FRANCE PAGE) are descendants of pre-historic horses.

    I tell you this because these white horses are born dark and become white during their 4th and 6th year of age......like the Lipica horses, although these change colour after their 1st year....

    Quite some years, not to say decades! I holidayed in THE PROVENCE and yes, in my travel report, with already a bit yellowed pages, I found this postcard I must have sent someone....

    Here you see the CAMARGUE horses, indeed white and dark....

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    TO BE CONTINUED.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    SHOW IN LIPICA SLOVENIA

    How about this..

    Seeing how they are trained makes you wonder how this is possible.

    But in Lipica each horse has its own rider and they will form a team and stay together!

    PLEASE, SEE MY VIENNA PAGES...I SAW THE LIPIZZANER HORSES IN VIENNA IN A SHOW......

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    HERE THEY ARE AGAIN, IN A GROUP....

    by eden_teuling Written Jul 4, 2003

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    HORSES PERFORMING IN LIPICA

    Seeing them being trained and taught what to do and how to do it and then seeing them perform make me believe that they like it!

    They seem to be very eager to do it all and please their trainer/rider.....

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    SLEEPING ......RESTING.....

    by eden_teuling Written Jul 4, 2003

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    RESTING - SLEEPING

    This photo I took in one of the stables. So quiet this horse....and look, one of its legs is not straight next to the other one (back) but bend a little bit which is the specific attitude for these horses to rest and to sleep....

    I now don't know if all horses do this because no one ever told me about how they sleep and rest........look it up, please and tell me.....

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