Aristocrats of the air: home on the ranch with the legendary royal Lipizzan stallions.
Today Herrmann's descendants, under the direction of his daughter, Gabriella Herrmann, breed and train the Lipizzans on a 200-acre ranch in Myakka City. They tour with the animals for much of the year, but from mid-December through mid-April, the public can visit the ranch and watch weekend training sessions. To see the young stallions thunder across the field, their silky manes and tales flying in the wind, is thrilling--especially since testosterone can suddenly send the horses crashing into each other or rearing into the air. But under the patient, expert hands of their trainers, whose bond with these powerful animals is remarkable, they accomplish near-miraculous feats of strength and grace.
Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. For directions and show times, call, 322-1501.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA HILLEBRAND
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2010|
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