at 10.00, 12.00 and 17.00: GUIDED TOUR OF THE STUD FARM
from 10.00 on: CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME UNDER THE TREES
Our youngest visitors will be invited to join creative workshops on the themes of Lipica, horses and ecology. They will have lots of fun in the polygons, »air castle« and sensory theatre, as well as during face-painting, puppet making and clay horse making. Children will also be invited to join traditional shepherd's games.
In case of rain the children's programmes will be held in the Hotel Maestoso.
from 10.00: PHOTO EXHIBITION "NATURAL PARKS OF ISTRIA AND KARST" - from Expo Milano 2015
at 11.00, 12.00 and 13.00: "GET TO KNOW THE PONIES« WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN next to the pony stable
- getting to know the ponies in an interesting and funny way
- how do ponies communicate and behave
- how do we feed the ponies.
Suitable for children from 3 years of age. Maximum 20 children in a group.
at 14.30 FESTIVE PARADE OF PERFORMERS on the hippodrome
14.30: A parade featuring the Povirje majorettes, the Karst wind band, and the Association of Karst Shepherd Dog Enthusiasts and Breeders
14.45: Welcome address by the Acting Director of the Lipica Stud Farm, Dr. Boštjan Bizjak
14.40: Festive parade of the Lipica Stud Farm and the Slovenian Lipizzaner Breeding Association horse teams
14.50: Welcome address by honorary patron of the 435th anniversary of the Lipica Stud Farm, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Miha Marenče
14.55: Welcome address by the keynote speaker, President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Mitja Bervar
at 15.00: GALA EQUESTRIAN SHOOW AT THE HIPPODROME
1: THE GREAT SCHOOL QUADRILLE – THE LIPICA RIDING SCHOOL
Eight supremely trained Lipizzaner horses, eight noble white stallions, eight precious jewels from the Lipica Stud Farm. They will perform in the great school quadrille of the Lipica Classical Riding School. The great school quadrille is a high point of classic horse training. It demonstrates the classical art of dressage with original choreography and musical accompaniment that highlights the beauty of the stallions' movements and the trust that exists between the riders and their horses.
2: EMOTION I – LORENZO
Coming from the picturesque seaside Camargue region in the south of France, Lorenzo – "The Flying Frenchman" – performs with his beautiful horses, demonstrating total freedom. Not in the saddle, but standing on the backs of his beautiful Andalusian and Lusitano mares. With a total of 10 beautiful mares, Lorenzo shows us the complete freedom that is only possible when there is perfect trust between a person and a horse. His skills have enabled him to create touching scenes that have brought him worldwide fame and the love of audiences from as many as 28 countries across the world.
3: SOLO PERFORMANCE – THE LIPICA RIDING SCHOOL
It is no exaggeration to say that the solo performance is one of the most beautiful and touching scenes that you can experience in Lipica today. Expressive beauty, refined elegance, and boundless strength were gifts that the Lipizzaner stallions were blessed with at birth. Through years of daily practice, their trainers gave these magnificent natural jewels the opportunity to shine.
4: EMOTION II – LORENZO
Lorenzo is often asked by horse enthusiasts everywhere how he is able to create something so magnificent. How does he train his horses so they grow from temperamental foals into stars of the show that enchant viewers with their beauty and impress them with their intelligence, strength and gentleness? For a moment, Lorenzo's answer makes everything seem so simple: "I have ridden them all for many, many hours. This is the only way to really get to know a horse." Can you believe that behind it all there is nothing but extraordinary talent, many days spent with horses in the idyllic Camargue landscape and breath-taking acrobatic skills?
5: PROMOTION GROUP OF PRC KRUMPERK OF THE BIOTECHNICAL FACULTY, MEMBER OF THE SLOVENIAN LIPIZZANER BREEDING ASSOCIATION
Young, spontaneous, and appealing. Daring and temperamental. These are the young riders of the Promotion Group of PRC Krumperk of the Biotechnical Faculty, member of the Slovenian Lipizzaner Breeding Association, presenting an appealing and youthful, fresh performance. At the Lipica Stud Farm, we support the Slovenian Lipizzaner Breeding Association and delight in the achievements of private breeders. Together we are stronger. By working together we can bring Slovenian Lipizzaner horses closer to people who want to learn all about them.
6: PAS DE DEUX – THE LIPICA RIDING SCHOOL
Classical dressage riding is a form of art that never ceases to enchant and delight viewers with its beauty and elegance. Riding side-saddle is a special, unforgettable treat for the eyes. For centuries queens and princesses rode this way, but today Lipica is one of the few classical equestrian institutions that have kept this ancient tradition alive. The pas de deux performance features a male rider and a rider in side-saddle. For a brief moment, two highly trained Lipizzaner stallions will carry them back in time just for you, dear guests.
7: Presentation of the Lipica Stud Farm breeding stallions
Throughout the centuries, the Lipica Stud Farm has been the home of countless magnificent stallions, but only six made history. Truly extraordinary stallions, they fathered the six classic lines of Lipizzaner stallions. You probably know their names by now, they are: Maestoso, Conversano, Neapolitano, Favory, Pluto, and Siglavy.
8: ACTION - LORENZO
In ACTION, Lorenzo truly defies belief. He stands on the backs of a pair of galloping horses and jumps obstacles with them. He leads four pairs of horses with reins alone while performing daring acrobatic stunts. If you are wondering how he does it, we can reveal that Lorenzo expanded his vaulting skills with the tricks and stunts performed by Hungarian "csikos" riders in the Hungarian Post routine. At the same time he worked on raising the trust between rider and horse to the highest possible level. Truly extraordinary!
9: SCHOOL ABOVE THE GROUND – THE LIPICA RIDING SCHOOL
The spectacular airs above the ground are a magnificent high point of dressage. Lipizzaner horses have a particular talent for them that has made them famous across the world. Only naturally talented stallions with great physical strength and an excellent ability to learn are selected for these performances at Lipica. Lipizzaner horses are known to perform all the airs above the ground – levade, pesade, courbette, and capriole – when playing in nature. The training is merely intended to teach them to perform the airs at the rider's signal and with full equipment.
The LEVADE is one of the most difficult elements that require exceptional balance. In the levade, the horse's hindquarters are as close to the ground as possible and its forelegs are bent. With extreme concentration, the stallion transfers its weight to its hindquarters, actually "sitting" on its hind legs at an angle of 30 to 35 degrees. It holds the position without moving for some seconds.
The PESADE is similar to the LEVADE, but the stallion’s body forms a 45 degree angle to the ground.
An extremely demanding element, the COURBETTE is nevertheless performed by Lipizzaner stallions in nature. A spectacular, appealing figure, it is sure to impress any audience. The courbette is a true masterpiece that few horses are able to perform, since it requires extraordinary temperament and physical strength, particularly in the hindquarters.
Due to the difficulty of this element, it takes longer to train stallions for the courbette than for other airs above the ground. For this element, the stallion is required first to find its balance in the piaffe, raise itself into the pesade, and then jump forward into the courbette on its hind legs. In the classical riding school, stallions are required to perform at least three consecutive jumps on their hind legs. Any additional jump after that is a special achievement that should be rewarded with applause!
The CAPRIOLE progresses from the piaffe or the gallopade (on-the-spot gallop). It requires extraordinary flexibility, speed and temperament. In the capriole, the stallion has to jump as high as possible, allowing it to land evenly on all four legs.
At the highest point in the jump, the stallion kicks out with the hind legs. In order to do that, the front of its body must be higher than its hindquarters, allowing it to kick out with the hind legs, while the forelegs remain bent.