Swarovski supports the Spanish Riding School’s 450th Anniversary World Tour with Crystal-Embellished Saddle Blankets

London, November 10, 2016 – For the Spanish Riding School of Vienna’s 450th Anniversary World Tour, Swarovski has created stunning crystal-embellished saddle blankets for its famous Lipizzaner horses.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the world’s oldest and most prestigious equestrian academy, will perform at Wembley Arena in London (Nov 11 – 13) for the first stop on its 450th Anniversary World Tour. The famous Lipizzaner horses will be adorned with specially designed crimson and gold-edged saddle blankets embellished with 3,000 shining Swarovski crystals each.

With its proud Austrian roots, Swarovski is delighted to support the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, which celebrates Europe’s oldest cultural horse breed and the art of classical horsemanship, and is on UNESCO’s world heritage list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This partnership further cements Swarovski’s continued commitment to supporting the world’s most important cultural institutions.

Swarovski has been closely linked to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna for many years, promoting its Fête Imperiale, the annual summer ball, and helping carry the tradition of the Lipizzaner horses into the future. Last year, at the anniversary gala dinner, Swarovski presented the Spanish Riding School with ten handcrafted Lipizzaner figurines, each adorned with 12,527 crystals using Swarovski’s hand-set Pointillage technique.

Swarovski and the Spanish Riding School’s shared dedication to heritage, precision and craftsmanship make them natural collaborators for these historic anniversary celebrations.

Tours dates:
450th Anniversary Tour
Fri 11th Nov 2016 19:30 The SSE Arena, Wembley
Sat 12th Nov 2016 19:30 The SSE Arena, Wembley
Sun 13th Nov 2016 15:00 The SSE Arena, Wembley
Fri 18th Nov 2016 19:30 Barclaycard Arena
Sat 19th Nov 2016 19:30 Barclaycard Arena
Sun 20th Nov 2016 15:00 Barclaycard Arena
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Spanish Riding School
The world-famous performances by the Lipizzans – the Ballet of the White Stallions – are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance in the School Quadrille, in the Schools on and above the ground and on the Long Rein. Lipizzan horses are intelligent and lively horses. Their physique and grace are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe’s oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.