Living tradition, the values of the past blending with the passion of the present
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for more than 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole – which can also be found on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Since 1920, the stud located in the West Styrian village of Piber has been home to the famous Lipizzaners. As the only stud in Austria, Piber’s role is to breed Lipizzaner stallions which will later demonstrate their skills in the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
The Heldenberg in Lower Austria is the third site of the Spanish Riding School. On the one hand the stallions are trained and continually exercised at this location. On the other hand they spend their well-earned summer holiday as well as two to three additional six weeks breaks there enjoying a horse-friendly life. Moreover, in Heldenberg third parties are given the opportunity to improve their horsemanship through various courses.
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for nearly 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole.
The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of Haute Ecole elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna’s Spanish Riding School achieves. Read more…
Michaelerplatz 1, A-1010 Wien
Lipizzaners are Europe’s oldest cultural horse breed, with their origin going back to the year 1580. The Lipizzaner stud Piber combines knowledge that has been accumulated over 400 years with a feeling for Lipizzaners to breed horses with the abilities that make them world-famous, especially through the Spanish Riding School. Read more…
Since their return from Upper Austria in 1955, the Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School have regularly spent their well-earned summer break away from Vienna. Until 2004 they relaxed in stables close to the Hermes Villa in the Lainzer Tiergarten. In 2005 they moved to their new generous summer quarters in Heldenberg (district Hollabrunn) with spacious boxes, paddocks and surrounding woods where they are gently and carefully exercised. In 2010 an outdoor riding arena measuring 20 x 60 metres and an indoor riding hall with the same dimensions and featuring a spectators’ platform were added, turning the summer quarters into a state-of-the-art training centre which can be used all year round.
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