The legendary Spanish Riding School will mark its 450th anniversary with a spectacular jubilee performance by the Lipizzaner stallions on Heldenplatz. Visitors can admire the equine choreography on the square in front of the offices of the Federal President on June 26, 2015 at 7pm. The riders from the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre will be travelling to Vienna from Jerez with their horses to give a special presentation of classic equestrianism alongside their counterparts from the Spanish Riding School. This anniversary performance will take place at a gala show on June 27, 2015 and at the dress rehearsal on June 25, 2015.
The Fête Impériale on June 26, 2015 marks the highlight of the 450th anniversary celebrations. For one night only the Spanish Riding School will be transformed into a breath-taking ballroom as the riding arena makes way for a dance floor, as the Stallburg and Summer Riding School set the stage for open-air entertainment.
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only place in the world where classic equestrian skills (haute école) are still practiced in their original form, a tradition spanning some 450 years. Under classic equestrianism, the horse’s natural movements are studied before the mount is systematically trained to the point that they can effortlessly reproduce the unparalleled elegance of movement demanded by the haute école. The result is unparalleled harmony between horse and rider.