Royal Lipizzan Stal­lions to per­form at The Or­leans County Fair­grounds

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Bar­ton, VT

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!

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