The Lippizan breed was developed during the 16th century when the royal family of the Hapsburg Empire wanted a strong but agile horse for military use and riding. When WWII broke out the breeding stock was captured by the Nazis and moved to Czechoslovakia. For safe keeping the Austrians evacuated the stallions of the Spanish Riding School from Vienna to St. Martins, Austria. Both groups of horses were in danger of being destroyed during the bombing and advancement of the Russian army. The stallions were put under the protection of General Patton. The mares were smuggled to safely by Austrian Colonel Podhajsky and soldiers under the command of General Patton with help from Colonel Herrmann Sr. and Colonel Herrmann Jr.
The Herrmann family had been breeding and training Lippizans in Austria for more than 300 hundred years at the time of WWII. They eventually immigrated to the United States where they continue to breed and train Lippizans. Visitors are welcome to attend practice shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 3pm, Saturdays at 10am – December through early May. Arrive early to get a good seat and visit the horses in the stable. Seating is in bleachers or you may bring your own chair and sit close to the ring. A donation (at least $5.00) is appreciated. Bring carrots or buy a bag to feed the horses before or after the show.
A special paved area with a good view of the ring is reserved for visitors who have difficulty walking or use wheelchairs. Bring your own seating. Park as close to the entry gate as possible because the ground is sandy and soft in spots.
The parking area is large enough for RVs. Show