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First foal of season for Spanish riding school
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First foal of season for Spanish riding school

The Local · 20 Jan 2016, 21:56

Published: 20 Jan 2016 21:56 GMT+01:00

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The Spanish Riding School with its snow white Lipizzaner horses is famous for its classic dressage and its main base in the Austrian Capital of Vienna is a major tourist attraction.

Hailed as the oldest riding school in the world, the horses often travel around the world as well and in the past have performed for the Queen of Great Britain.

But the stud farm is located in the south of Austria in Styria, where this year managers have reported the first foal of the New Year.

Photo: Spanish Riding School

This youngster may not look the image of her mother yet but in fact all foals are born either black or dark brown, and it takes between six and 10 years for them to gain the white or light grey colour of their parents.

The youngster will only be named when she reaches six months of age and is separated from her mother.

It is the fifth born for her mother, a 10-year-old mare called Rimava.

Her father is Neapolitano Allegra, a 22-year old school stallion at the Spanish Riding School.

Spanish Riding School boss Elisabeth Gurtler has already passed on birthday congratulations, saying: "We are very glad to see our first offspring of the year. We are going to visit her as soon as possible. We are also very excited to get to know the other foals, which will be born within the next weeks and months."

The foals will also be available for public viewing on open days scheduled in March, and the school is also offering companies the opportunity to sponsor horses.

From their first year of life on, the young horses are allowed to spend the summer months in alpine meadows at heights of 1,500 meters, with the fillies at the Prentlalm and the colts at the Stubalm.

The steep and stony slopes help the horses develop the required stamina and surefootedness that they will need later during their training for the Spanish Riding School, which typically lasts around 10 years.

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