First phase of the comprehensive maintenance of the area of the Lipica Stud Farm

On Tuesday, 16 September, the construction work of the biggest and most important renovation project in the area of the Lipica Stud Farm in the last decade started with the extensive renovation of part of the roof of the “na Borjači” stable complex – the project »1st phase of the comprehensive maintenance of the area of the Lipica Stud Farm: maintenance of the land and buildings in relation to the performance of tourist programmes« with a total value of one million euros.

The project will be completed by mid-December. Beside the renovation of part of the roof of the “na Borjači” stable complex, the project also includes the renovation of the interior of the Anniversary stable and the smaller stable no. 2 next to it, a thorough renovation of the so-called »New stable«, where the stallions in training are placed, and a renovation the Avenue of Trieste and the Hof courtyard.

850,000 euros for the implementation of the project will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the rest will be financed from the budget of the Republic of Slovenia. 

Stable complex “na Borjači"

»The “na Borjači” stable complex has been intended for broodmares and foals since it was built in the middle of 19th century and therefore it is one of the most important building complexes in the Lipica Stud Farm. The first half of its roof was renovated in 2010 and the rest is expected to be renovated by 10 October. At the same time we will deal with rainwater sewage and remedy the consequences of past leaks. In this way, we will ensure suitable accommodation for the broodmares with foals”, explained dr. Boštjan Bizjak, the acting director of the Lipica Stud Farm, at the beginning of the construction works.
"Anniversary stable" and "stable no. 2"

On Wednesday 17 September, the renovation of the interior of the Anniversary stable and the smaller stable no. 2 next to it was started. In these stables are the work horses for tourist programmes and mares in training for carriage driving. The Jubilee stable is the last Lipica stable from the period of the Habsburg monarchy. It was built for the 50thanniversary of the reign of the emperor Franz Joseph I. “The renovation of the interior of both stables is necessary because of the replacement of standing stalls with boxes that allow the animals to move freely, which are in accordance with the modern standards of horse breeding. Since the Anniversary stable is one of the important elements of the heritage of Lipica, we will preserve all the key historical and architectural elements of this building”, explained dr. Bizjak. The work is expected to be completed by 10 October.

Renovation of the “New stable”

After the renovation of the Anniversary stable is completed, the renovation of the so-called “New stable” will start. The New stable was built in the 70s for stallions in training. This part of the work will be quite extensive and of vital importance to the Lipica Stud Farm. “Namely, the stable does not provide optimal conditions for horse breeding anymore since it is out of date – with boxes that are too small, inadequate ventilation and a roof covered with salonit boards. With the realization of the investment, we will remedy all three things and we will provide the stallions and the team of the Lipica Classical Riding School with suitable working conditions that they have been waiting for for several years,” explains dr. Bizjak.

Renovation of the Avenue of Trieste

In the following days, the renovation of the Avenue of Trieste will start. This avenue has represented the main entrance axis to Lipica for centuries until after World War II, when it lost its leading position, its importance and its well-kept appearance. “Due to the renovation, we will be able to include it in the tourist offer of Lipica as a well-kept walking, learning, riding and carriage path. During special events it could be used as a protocol access route or a festive entrance to Lipica,” explains dr. Bizjak. The renovation of the avenue will be completed in the last days of November.

Renovation of the Hof courtyard

At the same time, the renovation of the Hof courtyard will be completed and in this way we will wrap up the maintenance of the “heart” of the stud farm in Lipica, where horse breeding and tourism intertwine every day. The Hof courtyard is surrounded by the manor – reportedly, the oldest preserved building in Lipica, the Lipikum Museum and the oldest stable Velbanca where the stallions have been stabled since 1703. “Among the thousands of visitors that come to the Lipica Stud Farm every year, none of them have not seen Hof and Velbanca and therefore their maintenance is of vital importance to the stud farm,” dr. Bizjak is convinced.

The biggest renovation in the last decade

The professional manager of the Lipica Stud Farm mag. Janez Rus emphasizes: “The whole project, whose purpose is to preserve the exceptional heritage of Lipica and to wrap up the tourist offer of the stud farm, represents the first major investment in the infrastructure of Lipica in the last decade. We will be satisfied if a further set of investments in the infrastructure of Lipica follow in the following year, including the maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant, the electricity network, the manor and the inn with a total value of five million euros. These investments show that the Republic of Slovenia is aware of the rights and obligations it has as the founder of the Lipica Stud Farm, the original stud farm of the Lipizzanerhorse breed.«

The construction works of the project »1st phase of the comprehensive maintenance of the area of the Lipica Stud Farm: maintenance of the land and buildings in relation to the performance of tourist programmes« will be performed by the company Makro 5 gradnje d.o.o., whereas the installation of stable equipment will be performed by Hlevska oprema Štefan Kobal d.o.o.

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