August 2015 Issue - page 6

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The Magnificent Lipizzan Stallions
This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, Dressage at Devon
is thrilled to present the Tempel Lipizzan stallions. These magnificent grey
horses are known around the world as the epitome of grace and strength.
A Long History
The ancestors of the Lipizzan can be traced to approximately 800
A.D. By the 16th century, when the Habsburgs ruled both Spain and
Austria, a powerful but agile horse was desired both for military uses
and for use in the fashionable and rapidly growing riding schools for
the nobility of Europe. The Lipizzan breed was born in 1580 when the
Duke of Hapsburg brought Iberian horses (Spanish and Portuguese
horses bred for
Haute ecole
work) to his stud in Lipizza.
The traditional horse training methods for Lipizzans were devel-
oped at the Spanish Riding School and are based on the principles of
classical dressage, which traces its roots to the ancient Greek writer
Xenophon. The principles taught at the Spanish Riding School are
based on practices taught to cavalry riders to prepare their horses for warfare and these methods continued
through the centuries.
Today, these horses are carefully bred to ensure the purity and longevity of the line.
“Horse Ballet”
The breath-taking movements of the famed Lipizzans are often referred to as “horse ballet” in which
the horses perform “Airs above the ground.” These are the difficult dressage movements made famous by
the Lipizzans, each of which requires years of training and strength. These movements include:
▪ The levade: A horse raises up both front legs, standing at a 30 degree angle, entirely on its hindlegs in
a controlled form that requires a great deal of hindquarter strength.
▪ The Courbette: a movement where the horse balances on its hind legs and then essentially “hops,”
jumping with the forelegs off the ground and hind legs together.
▪ The Capriole: a jump in place where the stallion leaps into the air, tucking his forelegs under himself
and kicks out with his hind legs at the top of the jump.
▪ Pas de Deux, Trois and Quatre movements in which two, three and four mirror-image stallions work
in perfect synchronization.
The USDF Guide to Dressage
, Jennifer O. Bryant, 2006)
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, the Tempel Lipizzan stallions will be at Dressage at Devon, Octo-
ber 2, 3 and 4, in special performances. Please visit the website,
for approximate times.
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Once again, box
holders will be asked
to use their creativity
to decorate their boxes
for the competition
which takes place on
Saturday, October 3.
Ladies Hat Day
Devon would,
simply, not be Devon
without its Ladies Hat
Contest. All ladies
who arrive in fancy
hats (not baseball caps please!) will be admitted free of charge October
2. Judging will take place in the afternoon.
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