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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 21, 1997 25 A Mozart waltz accompanies the dancers as they glide around the arena. The classical movement of horse and rider in natural rhythm with the music. Bending, flexing, up and down, side and back, the team performs an eques- trian ballet. The fluid movement of the horse and rider duo is deceiving. True, all of the maneuvers performed by the horse are natural to him, but it takes years of training for him to perform at his ndler's cue. Like his mount, the rider also spends years in training. The goal is achieved when the equine and human athletes blend in harmony as one being. The guest, at a perfor- mance of the Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show, is viewing a tradition of fine horsemanship centuries old. The highest form of eques- trian art, dressage, is dem- onstrated from the basic movements through High School maneuvers. Another dimension is achieved by a few select stallions who thrill the au- dience with "Airs Above the Ground." Perfected in 1700 by the French equitation master, La Gueriniere, these impressive movements were originally developed for war- fare. They served the dual purpose of protecting the rider and intimidating the enemy. he levade, an incredible feat of balance, places the hors in the monument position on his haunches at a 30 degree angle to the ground, ffl the pesade, the stallion, with lowered haunches, lifts his forefront the ground at a 45 deg( angle. These movements place the horse's body between the enemy and his rider. The horse is literally "in the air" while performing the croupade, courbette and ballotade. The progressively more difficult maneuvers culminate in the awe-inspiring capri- ole where the horse jumps off the ground and kicks out with his hind.legs at the moment his body is horizontal to the ground. In warfare, these actions usually activated the flee syndrome in the terrorized enemy. Today, they are the ultimate perfection in ability, skill and training for the few horses possessing the strength and intelligence to master them and are performed only by Lipizzaner stallions. The grand finale to the show is the Quadrille. Eight stallions exhibit great precision as they perform the exer- cises of the Quadrille in unison, moving with graceful ease to the tempo of classical music. The Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show is based on the style and tradition of the 400 year old, world famous "Spanish Riding School" of Vienna, Austria. While the United States based troupe is not affiliated with the re- . nowned school, they do fol- low the traditional presen- t,ion and pursue a corn- ,non goal, "to preserve and cultivate the art of horse- manship in its highest form of perfection." Many of the show stal- lions were imported from the Piber Stud of Austria where the Lipizzaners for the "Spanish Riding School" are bred and live for their first three years. The stallions are trained in classical horsemanship by European-trained instruc- tors schooled in classical dressage. The Lipizzaner, a Spanish horse (thus the name of the Austrian riding AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND - A Royal Lipizzaner Stallion performs the Pesade during a current show at the Excalibur in Las Vegas. photo by Patti Babcock school), is from sturdy Pyrenees stock with Arab and Barbary strains. Austria's most famous horse is also the least populous. In an equine population of 60,000, only 300 are Lipizzaners. Numbers were always limited as the majestic horse was restricted to nobility and military officers. The stallions were used in war- fare, and for High School riding when its popularity began to spread in the mid- sixteenth century. The mares' primary purpose was breeding, but they were also prized as royal carriage horses. Noted for its great telligence, the Lipizzaner has been considered "too clever." It is also popularly accepted that the horse's particular form of athleticism makes him suited to only one use - col- lected dressage work. Many believe the Lipizzaner lacks the extended paces neces- sary to make popular gen- eral riding horses. Watch- ing the stallions' flexibility and the many paces exhib- ited in the show, it's diffi- cult to accept this assess- ment. Price, based on elite status combined with limited numbers, surely has to be a factor. Imagine being a guest at the "Spanish Riding School" and watching the great horses perform in the elegant riding hall in Vienna built for the elite school in 1572. A dream for most of us, but there are opportunities to see the "Spanish Riding School" touring group perform at a vari- ety of destinations worldwide. The "Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show" currently lea- Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic L Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah August 20 . 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Beyond entertainment, there is the thrill of watching supreme athletes, horses and riders. It opens the door of what is really possible between horse and handler and leaves us with an increased respect for our equine partners. Colonel Alois Podhajshy, former Director of the Span- ish Riding School in Vienna, has written an excellent book sharing his training principles applicable to all horses and riders: "The Complete Training of Horse and Rider In the Principles of Classical Horsemanship." DON'S RADIATOR SERVICE 'THE LEAK STOPS HERE' Complete Cooling and Heating System Service 751-2000 Doug Gripp 1060 E. Third St. Pahrump, NV 89041 (Third and Center) Chicken Rngers Burger- Shakes BBQ- Gyros . H0n,ma CI Wings- Subs . Philly Steaks Club House. 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