Nature: Legendary White Stallions

Nature: Legendary White Stallions

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Caption: Hear the story of the Lipizzaner stallions, from their ancient origins to their rescue in 1945.  

Photo: Courtesy of the PBS Press Room

The striking white Lipizzaner stallions of the famed Spanish Riding School in Vienna have been thrilling audiences for centuries. During the winter public performance season, these elegant and intelligent horses execute a breath-taking display of carefully choreographed and synchronized movements known as high classical dressage. Their success relies on the very strong bonds this historic breed has established with their riders over years of training. How the Lipizzaner developed from a horse bred for war to one bred for performance is the subject of NATURE’s Legendary White Stallions airing Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.