Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tempel Lipizzans Stallions Are Back for the 29th Season

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For The 4th of July Weekend and Beyond

The Tempel Lipizzansmatinee performance on July 3rd celebrates the American soldiers who saved the breed in WWII. Featuring a military-style grand finale of “The Quadrille: The Battle of the White Stallions,” The Tempel Lipizzans performances take the Olympic sport of dressage (as seen at the Summer Games in Rio) and packages it into a live, awe-inspiring 90-minute program of synchronized movements between horse and rider set to classical music (plus Star Wars & Amy Winehouse) that the whole family can enjoy. Tempel Lipizzan performances run through September 11.

Lipizzan performing a capriole.
Photo by Jeff Goldberg

Discounted tickets for children and military vets! 

Program Director Esther Buonanno with Quadrille Team at Devon. 
John Borys Photography  

NOW Through SEPT. 11, 2016

Witness the sport of dressage LIVE in Chicago’s backyard before the Summer Olympics

Tempel Lipizzan’s stallions return for a 29th summer to present the classic equestrian sport of dressage, a live, awe-inspiring 90-minute program of synchronized movements, athleticism and harmony between horse and rider set to classical music. The 2016 Tempel Lipizzans summer season runs through Sept. 11 on select Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL, just north of Chicago.

The live, outdoor program follows the horses’ training progression from newest foals, frolicking around the arena, to the precise power of young stallions, to the refined grand finale of “Quadrille: Ballet of the White Stallions,” in which four highly trained adult horses perform difficult, dance-like movements in exquisite unison. Performance highlights also include the gravity-defying, military-style “Airs Above the Ground” leaps of “The Capriole,” “The Courbette,” and “The Levade” in which few breeds outside of Lipizzan are able to perform. In honor of Rio 2016, the Lipizzans will also demonstrate a “Tribute to the Olympic Sport of Dressage,” a musical freestyle as one would see in the upcoming Summer Olympics. This year’s “The Pas de Deux,” or ballet for two performed by intermediate-level stallions, will be set to the sounds of Star Wars: Episode IV.

Following each performance, guests are invited to enjoy a self-guided tour through the stallion stable to meet the equine stars and ask questions of Tempel Lipizzan riders, trainers and working students. On July 29th and 30th, famed Olympic Trainer and Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School, Andreas Hausberger comes to Tempel Farms to coach the team and local dressage professionals and visitors will have the chance to participate in a Q&A with the trainer.

Lipizzan Mare and Foal. 
Photo by Jeff Goldberg

Evening performances create the ideal date night out with the show at sunset and two complimentary glasses of wine per ticket; Tempel Farms’ outdoor café opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on performance Sundays and Wednesdays, and at 4:30 p.m. on performance Saturdays for dinner and drinks.

Sunset Quadrille at Tempel Farms. 
John Borys Photography

Performance Schedule
Sundays at 1 p.m.: June 19, July 3, July 10, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sep. 4, and Sep. 11
Wednesdays at 1p.m.: June 29, July 6, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Sept. 7
Saturdays at 6 p.m.: June 25, July 16 and Aug. 13

Tempel Farms is located in northern Lake County, Ill., a 50-minute drive from Chicago or Milwaukee, near Great America. In case of inclement weather, performances are held indoors. Parking is free.

Advance tickets start at $27 with discounts for children under 15, active military personal and veterans. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (847) 244-5330.
About Tempel Lipizzans
In 1958, Chicago industrialist Tempel Smith and his wife, Esther, began a year of highly sensitive negotiations with the Austrian government to import 20 Lipizzans to America. Tempel Farms soon became home to the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world. Over the past 57 years, there have been more than 900 foals born at Tempel Farms, which remains one of only a few places in the world where rare Lipizzan horses are bred, trained and perform on the same property. In 1997, the owners were awarded the Officers Cross from the Austrian Government for their careful preservation of Austrian culture in the United States.

Tempel Lipizzan performing at the White House lawn

Tempel Lipizzans have been featured in six presidential inaugurals and the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., ridden by President Ronald Reagan and Morocco’s King Hassan II, and called to a command performance for the Carter family on the White House lawn. It was also Tempel Lipizzans that, in 1985, pulled the casket of The Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War at Arlington National Cemetery.

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