MAILED: Aug. 29, 2000
The world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions will return to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for two shows Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29. The equine exhibition and dressage demonstration will begin at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in W.L. Zorn Arena.
All new music, choreography and routines have been incorporated into the 30th anniversary edition of the family arena attraction. The show will emphasize the historical background and foundation of the Lipizzaner breed from its original breeding and use as a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to a living form of equestrian art. The show emulates the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in its presentation of the Lipizzans, maintaining its traditional and entertaining performance style.
Also included in the show is a segment called "Schools Above the Ground," a demonstration of the spectacular leaps and maneuvers once used by riders to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield.
The Lipizzan is a rare and unique breed with a history and culture known worldwide. The 1963 Disney feature "The Miracle of the White Stallions" which tells the true story of how General George S. Patton saved the horses from certain extinction at the end of World War II created an even greater international interest in the breed.
Although the Lipizzans star, other show breeds are featured, including the ancestral forefathers of the Lipizzan, the Spanish Andalusian and the Arabian. The Andalusian is shown both in saddle and in a presentation in which the rider performs all the maneuvers of the Grand Prix Olympic-level dressage on the longline, while walking behind the horse and guiding him through his paces. The current tour features a total of 14 stallions.
The performance concludes with the traditional Grand Quadrille, featuring six to eight Lipizzaner Stallions with their riders performing an intricate equine ballet, exhibiting maneuvers through the highest level of dressage. The Lipizzans prance, march and intricately weave their way across the floor to the music of the Masters in a spectacular ballet of four-footed white dancers.
Admission is $18.50 ($16.50 for those ages 12 and younger, ages 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire students). Tickets are on sale now at the University Service Center in Davies Center's west lobby and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The show is sponsored by White Stallion Productions Inc. and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 30, 2000