You can’t afford to miss the Spanish Riding School of Vienna as they visit the UK to celebrate their 450 Year Anniversary.
Formed in 1565, the Spanish Riding School is the oldest and most famous equestrian academy in the world to practice classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of haute école.
The school is celebrated and renowned across the globe and was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2010.
It takes many years of systematic training for the horses to create an inseparable bond with their riders.
You’ll be left nothing short of mesmerised as you’re treated to a series of unforgettable displays which showcase the athleticism, elegance, power and precision of the white Lipizzan, together with the incredible horsemanship of the accomplished riders.
See the horses execute glamorous moves to classical music, including the Capriole, a gravity-defying leap made from a still position followed by a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.
You will be astonished when you see The Levade performed too, in which the stallion puts its entire weight on its hind legs and raises its front legs, and the Courbette where the horse tucks up its forelegs and performs a series of “hops".
The show will be hosted by Nicki Chapman, who will be joined by a number of special guests who provide an insight into the origins of the school, facts about the horses and the history of their moves on what promises to be one of the most compelling Special Events of the coming year.
Whether you class yourself as a horse lover or not, just watching these majestic creatures in action is great entertainment for all the family.
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