Old footage of the Spanish Riding School . . . and more!

Here’s some lovely old footage of the Spanish Riding School in an outdoor venue. It’s followed by some interesting trick riding and even some footage of what looks to be a child learning how to do circus tricks. Kudos to that last horse for putting up with some of those antics!

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Alois Podhajsky at the Spanish Riding School

What a treat! Here is an Austrian documentary film done in the 1950s to promote the Spanish Riding School. This footage was only recently rediscovered. While the movements here are not always technically perfect, the formations are masterfully ridden, the horses look relaxed, and the stillness of the riders is Zenlike. View Video

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Take a tour of the Spanish Riding School

As I sit surrounded by literally mountains of snow, it’s nice to fantasize about taking a trip. While I’m not going to be in Vienna any time soon, this video gives a very nice tour of the Spanish Riding School.

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After 436 Years, Women are Admitted to the Spanish Riding School

When I was a child, I read Marguerite Henry’s fabulous book,¬†White Stallion of Lipizza, which tells the tale of a baker’s son who wants to become a rider at Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School, training the famous white Lipizzan stallions.¬†Against many odds, he succeeds. That was a time when the dream didn’t include girls. Breaking […]

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