|The celebrated Spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School)and their Lipizzaner horses perform dressage to classical music. |
In 1562 Emperor Maximilian II brought the spanish horses to Austria and founded a royal stud farm in Kladrub (in Bohemia). Those horses (only stallions)which were brought to the Viennese Riding School, were accommodated in the "Stallburg", the oldest wing of the Hofburg which was rebuilt in Renaissance style. The Viennese Riding School takes its name from a horse race, which originated from Spain and was well known already in Roman times. Lipizzaner Stallions are and have always been the main players in the Spanish Riding School. They are the result of 100s of years of breeding from spanish, italian and oriental arabic blood.
The form in which we recognize the present day Spanish Riding School was achieved at the beginning of the 19th century.
The Empire uniforms of the riders: the golden braided bicorne, coffee brown tail coat, yellow toned buckskin trousers and high black polished boots. The redgold saddlecloths and the narrow golden bridle.
Spanische Hofreitschule Web Site