The 28th annual "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions World Tour presented by White Stallion Productions will ride into the Dodge City Civic Center at 7:30  p.m. Sept. 16 and 17.

     These annual tours featuring Lipizzaner stallions and the Spanish Andalusian stallion have been seen by more than 25 million people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world.


If you go:

Where: Dodge City Civic Center

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17

Cost: Adults — $19.50 to $22.50.

Children (under 12) and Seniors (60+) — $17.50.

Tickets: Boot Hill Museum, tickets.com or call (800) 822-8258

Information: (877) LIP-IZAN


The 28th annual "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions World Tour presented by White Stallion Productions will ride into the Dodge City Civic Center at 7:30  p.m. Sept. 16 and 17.
     These annual tours featuring Lipizzaner stallions and the Spanish Andalusian stallion have been seen by more than 25 million people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world.
    Through the years, the Lipizzaner Stallion's reputation for speed, agility and poise has made it an important part of royalty and the military.
    Its legacy even caused it to be saved from the battlefield and extinction several times throughout history, including at the end of World War II by Gen. George S. Patton.
     Today's breed of Lipizzaner has six distinct bloodlines dating back to the 1700s. Ancestors of this animal can be traced back further for thousands of years to Arab, Asian and Spanish lineages, according to the Lipizzaner Stallions World Tour Web site.
    Many of the stallions that appear in the show have been imported from Austria and are presented in the style of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna to preserve the historical character of the breed's beauty, strength and grace.
    This upcoming performance will include classical equestrian training exercises demonstrating the steps and movements of the breed, as well as highly advanced dressage techniques showing a high level of harmony between the horse and its rider.
    The show also has all-new music, choreography and routines featuring contemporary and classical music.
    War tactics or "Airs Above the Ground" will be performed by the horses, with and without riders. These "airs," which were originally designed for the battlefield, can take many years of training to perfect, so only the strongest, most athletic horses are used to perform this ancient maneuver.
    Dressage — the art of a rider guiding the horse through various maneuvers without the visible use of hands, reins or legs — will be showcased during the how. To achieve this oneness of mind, riders adopt a training philosophy of mutual appreciation and respect for the animal.
    In order to train these horses to perform these spectacular leaps and movements, several principles concerning their treatment are followed.
    "One can never, through violence, cause the horse to perfect the manner in which it expresses its skill, but only by delicate coaxing and subtle demanding, between much praise and little punishment," said Col. Alois Podhajsky, the late director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, in a news release recounting the breed's history.
    The show will conclude with the Grande Quadrille, or a ballet of six to eight white stallions and their riders performing precise movements and coordinated steps, which is accomplished through the highest level of dressage and skill.
    The narrator and producer of the show have many years of experience in the entertainment industry.
    Narrator Troy Tinker has hosted the “Laser-Light and Fireworks Show” at Sea World in Ohio and has performed in the Great Lakes Theater Festival and the "Cinderella On Ice" production in Australia and New Zealand.
    Producer Gary Lashinsky has produced the Lipizzaner Stallions World Tour for almost 40 years. He has also traveled to Austria since 1968 to purchase horses from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and the Piber Stud Farm and sought the advice of several of the school's directors.
    During Lashinsky's career in entertainment, he has been involved with many performances such as The Ice Capades, Disney on Parade, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has also produced concert tours for several bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and The Doors.

Reach Cherise Forno at (620) 408-9931 or e-mail her at cherise.forno@dodgeglobe.com.