BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The world-famous Herrmann’s Original Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria, under the direction of Gabriella Herrmann, will return to appear live in performances scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.
The performance, “Airs Above the Ground,” will present spectacular leaps and maneuvers by the flying white stallions that were originally designed to inspire fear in the hearts of enemy foot soldiers. Accompanying the display of horsemanship is a narrative that recounts the history, evolution and contemporary application of the sophisticated training for both horse and rider.
The shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday. The Liipizzans are brought to the county stable through a joint presentation by the Somerset County Park Commission and the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable.
Advance ticket prices are $20. Tickets purchased after Thursday, Sept. 18 are $25, according to the park commission. An additional $1 processing fee per ticket will be charged for credit card sales. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.flssnj.org with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Children age 5 and under are admitted free.
The Lord Stirling Stable office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week for cash and check ticket purchases. Seating is limited. There will be no ticket refunds or exchanges. For more information, please call the stable office at (908) 766-5955.
Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are considered the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world with only a few hundred ever existing at one time. These flying white stallions were featured in the Walt Disney movie “Miracle of the White Stallions”.
The Lipizzans have been in the Herrmann family since the reign of Austrian Emperor Ferdinand II, who gifted the great white stallions to Knight Ritter von Schoevel to lead his finest officers into battle.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable.