When the Austrian Archduke Charles, son of Ferdinand I, established a stud farm in (then) Lipizza to breed horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, this was the start of a breeding process that finally resulted in the development of an elegant, white breed known as the Lipizzaner. It is a cross between Spanish Andalusian horses, the local Karst breed and white Arabian horses, and particularly suited for parades and dressage. Although the foals are grey or brown at birth, these horses lose their pigment between the age of 5-10, thus obtaining their characteristic white colour.
We visited the farm in August 2015. We enjoyed learning about its history and watching the horses. The show at the end of the h-tour was a definite highlight!