Spring 2012 NDSU Photo Contest - by Melissa Brown This photo was taken inside the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria over spring break. Having been a fan of the beautiful Lipizzaner stallions since childhood I was euphoric to be in the historic building where they train and perform.
Historic photo of Kladrubers harnessed to the Austrian imperial state-carriage, The coachmen and the rider are in winter attire. The driver and rider wear the bicorn hat sideways the others forward! The smaller building in the background is the former "Hofstallungen" where about 200 horses were stabled during imperial times. Most of the carriage horses and campagne horses stud there. The beautiful Winter Riding School there still exists and is used as a theater right now.