Newport Vermont, Lipizzaner – Photos Oct12

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Newport Vermont, Lipizzaner – Photos

We were welcomed back home to the United States by Newport, Vermont on August 23rd. The US Border Agent was so pleasant and so interested in our travels he even took one of our “business” cards and we think he signed up for the blog. We stayed at Prouty Beach which was on the water and within biking distance of town and we were treated to yummy sunsets both nights.

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Our timing with this town was stellar. We were there on the same day as the famous Lipizzaner Stallions who were doing an afternoon show at the county fairgrounds nearby. We arrived early and while walking around the barns to kill time, Allison was able to introduce herself to all of the stallions in their stalls.

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The Lipizzan or Lipizzaner, is a breed of horse closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, where the finest representatives demonstrate the haute ├ęcole or “high school” movements of classical dressage, including the highly controlled, stylized jumps and other movements known as the “airs above the ground.” The Lipizzan breed dates back to the 16th century, when it was developed with the support of the Habsburg nobility. The breed takes its name from one of the earliest stud farms established, located near the Kras village of Lipica (spelled “Lipizza” in Italian), in modern-day Slovenia. Courtesy of Wikipedia

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The “airs above the ground” or exercises above the ground are the difficult “high school” dressage movements made famous by the Lipizzans. They include:

The levade: a position wherein the horse raises up both front legs, standing at a 30 degree angle, entirely on its hind legs in a controlled form that requires a great deal of hindquarter strength.

The courbette: a movement where the horse balances on its hind legs before jumping, keeping the forelegs off the ground and hind legs together as it essentially “hops.”

The capriole: a jump in place where the stallion leaps into the air, tucking his forelegs under himself, and kicking out with his hind legs at the height of elevation.

It was a neat experience, but compared to the Cavalia show which we saw in San Jose last year (HIGHLY recommend), and the Calgary Stampede, this was pretty tame. Still a great way to spend an afternoon.

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