Dale, Allen and I went to see the “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions today. We had a good time. I didn’t realize when I bought the tickets that we were actually going to a “knock off” of the Royal Lipizzaners trained at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. I did realize that I hadn’t paid nearly enough for the tickets, so hadn’t expected these to be the first string. So, good thing my expectations weren’t as high as they might have been.
Don’t get me wrong. The horses were very impressive and the riders were excellent — but they were impressive/excellent at the “B” List grading criteria. Since I wasn’t expecting “A” List, I wasn’t disappointed. We had a fine time and you can see that the horses were, indeed, very pretty. Allen and Dale were good sports and found nice things to say. Allen even was willing to take the photo of me knitting during intermission to allow me to make this post have at least a connection to knitting.
Ever since seeing the Spanish Riding School horses on “Sixty Minutes” when I was maybe 10 (?) I’ve wanted to be dazzled by these stallions. That desire was sharpened when I came within 25 Kilometers of the original stud farm in Lipica…and was unable to convince the air wing guys (with whom I was on liberty) that visiting horses would be a better way to spend our time off the ship than drinking in Postonja. Go figure. Today wasn’t dazzling, but it did buy off the desire for a while. If I ever end up in Slovenia again though, we’re making the trip to Lipica!