Dream come true

Trip Start May 13, 2011
Trip End Apr 28, 2012

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

As most of you know, Stacy is an avid horse lover.  She grew up riding horses and it has been a passion for her since childhood.  As an adult/mom, it's hard for her to find time to keep up with her passion.  One of the biggest tourist attractions in Vienna was the Spanish Riding School.  At this school they have the famous Lipizzaner stallions.

When we were in Vienna, we choose not to go see the Spanish Riding School.  Going to the show was very expensive and very touristy.  Stacy learned long ago, the Hapsburg rulers who liked bred these horses setup a farm in Slovenia to breed and raise these horses.  Knowing that we were going to to go to Slovenia, we decided to wait and see the horses on the farm.  Today we visited this farm and it was worth the wait.

The farm is located in the tiny town of Lipica.  Huge grass fields and rolling hills make up this town.  We arrived at the farm and bought our tickets to see the performance.  The horses did not disappoint during the show.  It was amazing to see the things these horses are trained to do.  We were told it takes over five years to train one of the performing horses.  After the performance we got a tour of the farm.  Every horse on the farm is tracked by their parents/grand parents and great grandparents.  They can track the lineage of every house for 200 years.  We were able to walk through their stables and say hello to these giant stallions.
After the tour, Stacy got her treat.  She booked a private trail raid on a Lipizzaner horse.  This was not something she could do in Vienna.  After saddling her horse and going around the practice ring we realized that this was not an ordinary trail ride.  These horse were spirited and the instructors needed to make sure the riders were capable of controlling there horses.  After a few minutes of practice, Stacy's childhood training kicked in and she and her horse were off to ride though the Slovenian countryside.
While Stacy was off riding though the forest, me and the girls hung out.  I grabbed a beer, the girls played in the trees.  We got to see them bringing in the herd from the fields and all the little black color baby horses running with their mothers.

When Stacy got back, she was all smiles.  I'm glad she got to experience that.  We learned there are 8 Lipizzaner stud farms in the world.  And one of them is in Illinois.  We also learned that you can buy a Lipizzaner.  I was too afraid to ask how much they cost though:) 
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