Today at one o'clock in the morning this year's first foal in the Lipica Stud Farm was born. His name is 784 Pluto Dubovina XXX, sired by 264 Pluto Samira XVIII out of 345 Dubovina XXX.
Just like the last year's first foal Wera also 784 Pluto Dubovina XXX is characterised by a white star on his forehead. Soon after the birth, he was already standing on his feet and drinking his mother's milk.
»Everybody in Lipica was expecting the birth of the first foal with a lot of emotions in the last days. We all are enthusiastic about his vitality and good health. His mother 345 Dubovina XXX has proved to be a very caring and protective mother, carefully watching every step of her foal,« explained the Acting General Manager of the Lipica Stud Farm dr. Boštjan Bizjak.
»We hope 784 Pluto Dubovina XXX will grow into an elegant stallion that will present himself on the reins of the riders of the Lipica Classical Riding School. We wish he will win the admiration of the visitors from all over the world with his temperament, intelligence and talent while presenting the most demanding figures of classical dressage,« dr. Bizjak added.
To make sure that 784 Pluto Dubovina XXX spends his first days in a safe environment, he and his mother will be first stabled in one of the nursery stalls in the historical stable complex »na Borjači«, where all the Lipizzaner foals have been born since the middle of the 19th century. Later he and his mother will join the herd of other mares and their foals that will be born in the next weeks.
Until the beginning of June 20 foals more are expected to be born. Visitors of the Stud Farm will first be able to see them in the inner courtyard of the stable complex »na Borjači«. However, in the second half of May they will be already running, playing and grazing in the pastures of the Lipica estate.