Royal Lipizzan Stallions to perform at The Orleans County Fairgrounds
Herrmann’s’Royal Lipizzan Stallions will be back in Vermont for the first time in seven years! They will be stabled and performing at The Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton, VT two weekends in August! If you have ever had the privilege of seeing these majestic equines perform, you understand what a rare opportunity it is to have them within driving distance. If you have not, please read on for a little background.
Back in the days of swordand-armor battle, horses were used as partners and soldiers in arms. One of the highest esteemed of the war horse breeds was the Lipizzan. Founded in the 16th century and used by Austrian forces, the breed was tailor made to have a born-in desire and athleticism to jump, leap, and kick their way through enemy lines. The historic rescue of the breed by General Patton during World War II is the only reason these horses still exist today. Thanks to the Herrmann Family, the ancestors of those original horses are in the United States and perform the same maneuvers that were used in battle and are displayed to this day at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.
The Herrmann family Lipizzans date back 300 years to a horse that was gifted to an ancestor by Ferdinand II for use in battle. In the early 1960s, the family brought their horses to the United States and have been touring and performing ever since. Their beautiful stallions perform routines to music, as well as the famed and popular ‘Airs Above the Ground’ battle maneuvers.
The audience is treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan horses in perfect harmony with the music. You will want to save at least one performance date on your calendar to witness this living piece of history in person. Be sure to make time to visit behind the scenes of this traveling stable of magnificent steeds. The Stallions will arrive at the Fairgrounds about Tuesday the week of each event and their barn areas are open between 9am and 3pm on non-show days for public viewing free of charge. Come and meet the horses that are referred to as “the art of the horse world and a symphony in white”, and then return for a show to watch them perform their magical ballet!
Show dates are August 9, 10 and 11 AND August 23, 24 and 25. There will be one show per day with the Friday’s show starting at 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday’s shows will be at 3pm. The Fairgrounds is located at 278 Roaring Brook Road in Barton, Vermont. Tickets will be available at the gate on show days - children under 6 years old are admitted FREE; Ages 6-12 and Senior Citizens (62+) are only $8 and regular admission is only $10 per person. There is plenty of free parking on the grounds. In the event of inclement weather check our website www.orleanscountyfair.net and/or our Facebook page ‘Vermont’s Orleans County Fair’ for show updates and announcements. If a show is cancelled due to weather, save your tickets as they will be valid for all remaining performances!
Bleacher seating will be available and you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs as there will be lawn seating areas. Dogs are not allowed on the grounds, with the exception of Service dogs in harness and alcohol is prohibited. Bring the family, a picnic and your camera and spend the afternoon….souvenirs and light snacks will be available, each show lasts about 90 minutes with a short intermission about half way thru. So mark your calendars and plan on joining us as The Royal Lipizzan Stallions perform an unprecedented opening weekend for the 146th Orleans County Fair and then close out their Vermont venue the weekend after the Fair. Whether you are able to attend only once or every show ~ These six days promise to bring smiles and wonderful memories that will last a life time!