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Old Mill Creek, U.S.A. - After a hiatus in 2011 to focus on training, Tempel Farms is launching a series of performances featuring its famous Lipizzan Stallions. The season kicks off on Saturday, June 9, with its new Evening Toast and Performance and a matinee program on Sunday, June 24. All shows take place at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek where the rare Tempel Lipizzan horses are bred, trained and perform.
The Tempel Lipizzan performances, often described as “equine ballet” follow training from the youngest stallions’ basic movements, to rhythmic, choreographed dance steps on the ground, to the dramatic Pegasus-like leaps and lifts known as “Airs Above the Ground,” the difficult “high school” dressage movements made famous by the breed.
Each Evening Toast and Performance begins with a champagne toast followed by the horse show set to music. Afterwards, guests can tour the stables and courtyard and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer.
The family-oriented matinee performances will take place on select Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. Attendees can also enjoy a self-guided tour through the stallion stable and visit the yearlings in the pasture. Riders, trainers and handlers will be present to answer questions.
Evening performances are scheduled for June 9, July 21, August 18 and September 8. The Tempel Lipizzans began in 1958 when the late Tempel and Esther Smith imported 20 Lipizzans from the Austrian stud farm in Piber and started what became the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world.
Tempel Farms is the only place in the United States where these rare white horses are bred, trained and perform on the same property. Tempel Farms is located in northern Lake County, Ill., a 50-minute drive from Chicago or Milwaukee, near Great America.