Date Of Event: August 19, 2017
Location Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, CT
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Website: Hermanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions
Highlights: stallions performing tricks and ridden by their trainers
- bring your own chair or a towel as they do not provide them at the venue.
- visitors are allowed to enter one hour before the scheduled event
- be sure to take in a tour of Roseland Cottage if you have the time
There was a lot of horsing around going on at the Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut last month.
The Lipizzan Stallions galloped into the Roseland Cottage for a day of professional horse riding and horse tricks.
The Lipizzan Stallions traveled all the way from Myaka, Florida to entertain the one hundred or so visitors at Roseland Cottage.
Not all of the horses and animals kept at the Lipizzan Stallions shelter are Royal Lipizzan Stallions. For instance, Willie The Rescue Pony, seen here getting ready for the show, is one of the horses they have taken in. He even performs at the show. They also take in dogs, cats and any other animal that finds its way to their shelter.
The highlight of the show were the Royal Lipizzan Stallions. The horses performed tricks and trotted in formations.
The horses are such beautiful animals. The way they moved and the way the horse trainers and riders controlled their every movement was a joy to watch.
The Lipizzan breed is considered the rarest and most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. They were first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza which is now part of Yugoslavia.
Since only a few hundred Lipizzan Stallions have ever existed at any one time, their future lineage is somewhat in question. But, they may have General Patton to credit for their continued bloodline.
During World War II General George Patton authorized a secret plan to save the Lipizzans. The stallions, who would surely have been killed if the Russians arrived before their rescuers, were saved during this secret mission. Two of the people involved who played a key role in their rescue were Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann, A movie by Disney titled, Miracle Of The White Stallions depicts their rescue.
The Lipizzan horse show was held at the Roseland Cottage. We didn’t have time for a tour. But, the grounds are very pretty.
While dogs are not allowed at the show, I did see Yog,i, a 3 and a half year old Cavanese (part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and part Havanes), and his dad watching from the sidewalk. Yogi also barked out his approval from time to time.
Below are some videos of the Royal Lipizzan Stallions event