From Pasture to Pas de Deux – the Stallions’ Schooling

When they are approx. 4 years old, the Lipizzaner stallions leave their birthplace Piber and travel to Vienna to the Spanish Riding School where they are subsequently trained according to the principles of classical horsemanship. His Excellency Holbein and Chief Rider Franz Meixner recorded the general outline of these principles in their booklet, the so-called “Directiven”. The first priority of a Lipizzaner’s training is in no way different to that of any other horse and can be summed up as the pursuit of obedience, suppleness, responsiveness and ease. Lipizzaners are not only frugal, strong and particularly well suited for the art of classical horsemanship; they are intelligent and have an exceedingly good memory. These are all qualities that the trainer should know and make use of in his work with the horse.

  1. The first year deals with the elementary field schooling of the „Remonte“, the young horse. The horse is ridden as much as possible in a natural posture in uncollected gaits on straight lines.

  2. The following year comprises what is called the secondary field schooling, the Campagne School. The collected horse is ridden in all gaits, turns and circles in complete balance.

  3. The „Haute École“ (High School): here the rider brings his horse to perfection. Everything now depends on the individual skill, talent, strength and sensitivity of each stallion and what he offers. In total collection the stallion learns the piaffe, the passage, pirouettes and to change legs in the canter. It takes approx. 6 years for a stallion to be ready to take part in the School Quadrille and having accomplished this he has completed his schooling. Only very few, particularly talented and sensitive stallions master the art of the “Schools above the Ground” (levade, courbette, capriole).

Famous School Stallion

Conversano Calcedona
Year of Birth: 1992

First Chief Rider Wolfgang Eder

Calcedona has a very strong character and is a very strong personality which becomes apparent in his sensibility. His speciality is the “Kapriole” – one of the typical School jumps from the Schools above the Ground. “If he feels he has been unfairly treated he sulks and refuses to cooperate – a stallion with a distinct sense of justice!”

Conversano Dagmar
Year of Birth: 1988

Chief Rider Andreas Hausberger

Dagmar is a distinctly intelligent horse, a very cooperative and harmonious stallion who works well with his Rider. Therefore he is ideal for Work on the Long Rein where the Rider walks behind or next to the horse and gives his aids with the long reins only.

Siglavy Materia
Year of Birth: 1989

Rider Herwig Radnetter

Materia’s speciality is the Levade – one of the figures from the Schools above the Ground. “He has particularly strong hindquarters and a very sensitive character”.

He has been taking part in international tours since 1997.

Conversano Amata I
Year of Birth: 1986

Rider Jochen Rothleitner

This horse is a real demon for work – he loves to work and is very diligent. His speciality is the Levade. “Working with him is always a joy as he gives the impression that he is mentally following everything we do and enjoys performing”.

Since 1994 he has regularly been on tour.

Neapolitano Allegra
Year of Birth: 1994

Rider Rudolf Rostek

Allegra has nerves of steel, he is a powerful and reliable partner in the School Quadrille. “This horse is totally honest and a real fellow campaigner – I can rely on him to give a steady performance”.

Siglavy Raluca I
Year of Birth: 1991

Rider Christian Bachinger

A reliable partner in the School Quadrille. “This horse feels at home anywhere in the world, he is very adaptable and steady – simply a great partner!”

He has been taking part in international tours since 2004.

Maestoso Virtuosa
Year of Birth: 1996

Rider Herbert Seiberl

This stallion started participating in the performances at quite a young age – his speciality is the School Quadrille. “He is very quiet and even-tempered, he doesn’t let himself get worked up and therefore he was easy and enjoyable to train.”

He went on tour for the first time in 2005.