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Our an­nual baroque is­sue usu­ally in­cludes a travel story or two, prompt­ing me to add des­ti­na­tions to my ever-grow­ing bucket list. This is­sue is no dif­fer­ent, as we travel to Por­tu­gal and Slove­nia to visit two won­der­ful eques­trian des­ti­na­tions. Dres­sage To­day writer An­nie Mor­ris, who works with ex­perts to bring you the monthly “Tips From Train­ers Who Teach” col­umn, has penned both travel pieces this month. Af­ter spend­ing sev­eral months train­ing in Ger­many, An­nie trav­eled around Europe ful­fill­ing sev­eral of her own bucket-list wishes. For­tu­nately for us, she has brought those places to life in the pages that fol­low, start­ing with Monte Velho Equo-Re­sort in the Alen­tejo re­gion of Por­tu­gal. An­nie vis­ited the re­sort as one of her va­ca­tion stops. Af­ter re­turn­ing home to the United States, she knew that her heart be­longed in Por­tu­gal and has since re­turned to live, ride and teach at the re­sort’s Lusitano stud farm. In “Monte Velho: An Eques­trian Par­adise” on p. 36, An­nie shares what she learned from the in­struc­tors while on her rid­ing hol­i­day. She was im­pressed by the pas­sion the in­struc­tors put into each les­son, say­ing, “The in­struc­tors know the horses well and know how to help rid­ers of all abil­ity lev­els find the right feel­ing on each par­tic­u­lar horse. The horses are trained but they are not push-but­ton. A rider can get a lot out of each one by rid­ing cor­rectly.” Through her sto­ry­telling, An­nie paints a stun­ning pic­ture of the re­sort and its many ameni­ties.

The se­cond des­ti­na­tion is Lipica Stud Farm, lo­cated in Lipica, Slove­nia, di­rectly east of the coastal city of Tri­este, Italy. Lipica (the “c” is pro­nounced as a “z”) is the orig­i­nal home of the Lip­iz­zaner breed, well-known for its airs-above-the-ground move­ments and the fa­mous Span­ish Rid­ing School in Vi­enna, Aus­tria. To­day, the farm in Slove­nia is home to about 400 Lip­iz­zaner horses and presents a show three times weekly dur­ing the tourist sea­son, which runs from the end of March to the end of Oc­to­ber. Dur­ing that time, the farm also of­fers trail rides, car­riage rides and even lessons on Lip­iz­zaner horses. A CDI has been held at the farm each sum­mer since 1974 with dres­sage rid­ers from all over Europe in at­ten­dance, and this Septem­ber, the World Driv­ing Cham­pi­onships will take place at the fa­cil­ity. You can read An­nie’s story about the leg­endary farm on p. 44.

This month also in­cludes an ar­ti­cle about Great Bri­tain’s Emma Blun­dell and her mod­ern ap­proach to sport-horse breed­ing at Mount St. John Eques­trian (p. 28) as well as a tribute to Miguel Án­gel de Cár­de­nas—one of the most highly es­teemed Pura Raza Es­pañola (PRE) breed­ers in the world—who passed away Feb. 6 at the age of 83. You can read about his legacy on p. 54. Un­til next time,

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