We visited Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions at
32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City, Florida 34251
where we watched the winter training sessions for the forthcoming US tour. Their website is http://hlipizzans.com
Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia).
Colonel Herrmann's family maintains a 200 acre ranch in Florida to ensure the propagation of this extraordinary breed.
There is a lively and informative narrative throughout the presentation of these remarkable stallions, explaining the history, evolution and contemporary application of this most sophisticated horse and rider training. It is repeatedly noted that extreme patience and, most particularly, love are the requisites to such highly schooled animals.