Comments on: The majestic Lipizzaner What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: soahs Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:46:08 +0000 I was fortunate to see the “movie horses” when they did their 1964 North American tour. I will never forget Colonel Podhajsky’s entrance on Maestoso Mercurio, horse and rider in perfect harmony entered at the Piaffe. Mercurio would advance at a slow trot then hover back into the Piaffe then advance again. I can still see it in my mind just like I was there yesterday. The Spanish Riding School as part of their performance featured two Morgans, Parade and his son Broadwall Drum Major.

But this tour came at a horrible price. NEAPOLITANO SANTUZZA at age 28 was too old to accompany the other horses and had to be left behind. Santuzza was totally attached to Colonel Podhajsky and would nicker whenever he saw him. In the last performance in Vienna before the departure in that March Santuzza performed brilliant and unequalled caprioles. But abruptly taken out of training while the Colonel was gone Santuzza aged years in those couple months. Colonel Podhajsky found his old friend no longer able to participate in any of the shows. Santuzza was expert at the capriole and pictures of him were sent all over the world.

Now, thin and indifferent to his surroundings, his coat dull. all Santuzza could manage was to stand in the corner of his box. But when Colonel Podhajsky sadly entered his old friend’s stall and called him, Santuzza slowly turned his head, and slowly walked over begging for sugar as he usually did. He stayed for patting for awhile then slowly turned back to the wall again.

The Lipizzans live well into their 30’s, able to still be in the Sunday performances. They crave and they need the constant interaction of training. The humans do too. A heart-broken Colonel Podhajsky was forced out by retirement rules from the Spanish Riding School which he was attached to with every fibre of his being.

By: montefraya Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:04:17 +0000 I was blessed in the early 1990’s to see the Lipizzaners in action and they are just awesome! It is one of my greatest thrills to see the “airs above the ground”. Would love so much to see them again…and again!!