UNESCO award for Aus­trian am­bas­sadors

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The century-old breed­ing of white horses at a Span­ish stud farm in Aus­tria has been ac­knowl­edged with a UNESCO cul­tural her­itage award. The Lip­iz­zaner Stud Farm of Piber re­ceived the award for its orally trans­mit­ted tra­di­tions and lo­cal knowl­edge – which in Aus­tria is re­garded as more im­por­tant than his­toric build­ings.

The Aus­trian min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment An­drä Rup­prechter was the first to con­grat­u­late the stud farm and the Span­ish Rid­ing School: “The thor­ough knowl­edge about breed­ing, rear­ing and train­ing of the old­est cul­tural horse breed in Europe forms the ba­sis of the Lip­iz­zaner’s and the Span­ish Rid­ing School’s world­wide suc­cess. The UNESCO award is not only an hon­our, but it is also our duty to pre­serve this her­itage for gen­er­a­tions to come. To­day the Lip­iz­zaner horses are Aus­tria’s liv­ing land­mark and their role as noble am­bas­sadors serves as a splen­did ex­am­ple of the ‘Best of Aus­tria’.”

Gover­nor of Styra Her­mann Schutze­hofer added: “The Lip­iz­zaner horses are the most im­por­tant am­bas­sadors of Aus­trian tra­di­tion and there­fore also es­tab­lish iden­tity in the re­gion. Piber is of the high­est im­por­tance for Styria, too, since as a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion it sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­utes to our suc­cess of the Green Heart of Aus­tria.”

The Lip­iz­zaner horse is the old­est cul­tural horse breed in Europe and the only rep­re­sen­ta­tive horse breed, which since the Re­nais­sance has been bred con­tin­u­ously ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tional man­ner. The ba­sis is a thor­ough knowl­edge about horse breed­ing, rear­ing and train­ing which for more than 400 years has been pre­served and trans­mit­ted in an oral tra­di­tion from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

The Lip­iz­zaner horses are re­garded as the most im­por­tant am­bas­sadors of Aus­trian tra­di­tion.

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