Horsing Around with the South African Lipizzaners

The South African Lipizzaners, Rearing horse at the Lippizaner show in Kylami, Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Lipizzaner Horses

Lippizaners are beautiful and usually (but not always) white-coated stallions first bred in the 1500’s for military purposes.  The horses are highly trainable and are the modern day rockstars of the dressage world.  They were originally found in Slovenia and in modern times are closely associated with the Spanish Riding School in Austria.  But did you know there are Lipizzaners in South Africa? Continue reading

The Clowns are Fighting

I have a distinct childhood memory of standing by the back door in my parents’ 1970’s avocado and cream wallpapered kitchen during a storm, my eyes raking the sky expectantly for giant clowns.  “The clouds are fighting” is what mum had actually said to explain away the roaring thunder. Continue reading