Lipica stud farm
Visit home of the famous Lipizzaner horses, a must-see attraction in Slovenia: take a tour and visit stables, museum and pastures, and enjoy trainings or performances
Highlights of a visit to Lipica Stud Farm:
- Visit to Stud Farm, admiring the Lipizzaner horses in their environment
- Lipikum – museum of the Lipizzaner horses
- Classical performances and trainings
- Recreational activities, including riding, hiking and golf
The Lipica Stud Farm is the cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world. The Lipizzaners were made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Nowadays Lipica Stud Farm is one of the most beautiful cultural and historical monuments in Slovenia, its rich history reaching back to the year of 1580.
It has been boasting of the tradition of breeding and selecting pure-breed horses. In the 1960’s the Lipica Stud Farm established the Classic Riding School which still participates in worldwide equestrian events
Lipica successfully combines the rich natural and cultural heritage of the unique karst setting with modern tourist offer.
History of Lipica Stud Farm – four centuries
The history of Lipica is closely intertwined with the Habsburgs who ruled as many as 650 years over an extensive part of baroque Europe. Horses, the Spanish horse was considered an ideal breed, were at the time a crucial strategic advantage and were thus of outstanding importance to the Habsburgs.
The soil and climate of the Karst are very similar to that of Spain which is why the Archduke Charles chose to build the royal stud farm in 1578 in the Karst in the abandoned summer residence of the Bishop of Trieste in this area.
On 19 May 1580 he signed an agreement to restore the estate.
Riding School of the Lipica Stud Farm
The Riding School of the Lipica Stud Farm provides schooling of horses and riders. Work in all programmes or at all levels of the Riding School is based on unified professional and ethical principles.
The programmes of work in the Riding School of the Lipica Stud Farm are as follows: Programme for schooling horses of the Lipica Stud Farm, Programme for schooling horse-riders of the Lipica Stud Farm, Carriage-drawing programme and Programme of Tourist Riding School.
The work of the Riding School of the Lipica Stud Farm is managed by the main trainer with assistants and performed by horse-riding teachers and riders.
Lipizzaner Museum Lipikum
Lipikum Museum is a centre of cultural and tourist offer of the Lipica Stud Farm. It is designed in accordance with modern museological principles and enables visitors to obtain desired information by themselves by means of different interactions. The content connected in any way with the rich history of the stud farm and the Lipizzaner is available for visitors in the museum.