Spanish Riding School
The first documented mention of the Spanish Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg was in the year 1572. The Viennese Spanish Riding School is the only Institute of the Classic Art of Riding, which maintains and practises the Renaissance Tradition of Classic Schooling. These horses have the village of Lipizza in present day Slovenia to thank for their name. It was near this village that the then court stud in 1580 was founded with spanish horse stock. Lipizzaner Stallions are and have always been the main players in the Spanish Riding School. They are the result of 100s of years of breeding from spanish, italian and oriental arabic blood. All the Lipizzaners in the Stud in Piber and the Spanish Riding School come from one of these 6 lines of Stallions.