Don’t miss the pomp and ceremony of the South African Lipizzaners, as they strut their stuff in 19 free shows in the Main Arena at this year’s Rand Show.
The Lipizzaners have a long history with the Rand Show, giving their first-ever public performance at the Rand Show in 1957. Now, following their much-lauded performances at the Rand Show 2010, the Lipizzaners are returning once more to Nasrec.
The beautiful white stallions will perform 19 free performances at the Rand Show 2011, which once again brings families great entertainment for the Easter holidays.
From 22 April to 2 May, delight in the grace, beauty and regimental flair of South Africa’s beloved Lipizzaners. Once bred for warfare and trained as fighting horses, these startling-white stallions will perform equine ballets and dressage moves which defy belief.
Watch the Lipizzaners perform the world-famous “Tribute to the Horse” and a Pas de Deux with two horses performing an intricate display in a mirror image of each other. The stallions will also astound show-goers with their power and agility as they perform the spectacular and difficult leaps of the “Airs Above the Ground”, with the breathtaking final Quadrille, the “Ballet of the White Stallions”, rounding off their graceful performance.
All Lipizzaners recognised world-wide trace to six classical stallion lines – Pluto, Conversano, Neapolitano, Favory, Siglavy and Maestoso – and the SA Lipizzaners are fortunate to have all six bloodlines in their stables. Rand Show visitors will be able to see the cream of the local crop, including the solo performers, Favory Modena and Neapolitano Romida, and the “Airs Above the Ground” champions, Maestoso Erdem, Pluto Montenegra and Favory Presciana 1.
“Over the years, the Rand Show always had a strong equestrian component,” says Judy Vertue, a director of the SA Lipizzaners. “We were delighted to be invited to be part of the show in 2010, and again this year. With 19 performances, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to share this very special piece of our South African cultural heritage with Rand Show visitors.”