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Wednesday 30 August 2023

Horsing around: the world's oldest Lipizzaner stud farm

So you love horses? You are probably familiar with the striking white/grey Lipizzaner horse.

If you are heading to Slovenia you might want to add Lipica to your list of destinations. It is home to the largest Lipizzaner stud farm in the world, is the cradle of the Lipizzaner breed and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The noble white Lipizzaner horses are native to Slovenia - one of Europe's most under-rated travel destinations and just a couple of hours by bus from Venice.

The original stud farm was established in Lipica in the Karst region in 1580 and is one of the oldest Lipizzaner stud farms in the world.

The Lipizzaner is closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in Austria, where the horses demonstrate the haute école or "high school" movements of cclassic dressage,

The tradition of breeding these elegant white/grey horses, which are named after Lipica, is inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Visitors can admire the elegance of the Lipizzaner horses at classical riding shows and training sessions and experience the Karst region in a carriage or on horseback.

Visitors can tour an old barn with representatives of all the classic Lipizzaner lines, visit the Lipizzaner and horse carriage museum and learn about the special features of Lipica and the Karst region.

Choose from a guided tour, or exploring the estate on your own.

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