The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the world’s oldest and most prestigious equestrian academy, performed at London’s Wembley Arena as part of their 450th Anniversary World Tour, with their famous Lipizzaner horses adorned with specially designed crimson and gold-edged saddle blankets embellished with 3,000 shining Swarovski crystals each.
The world-famous performances by the Lipizzans – the Ballet of the White Stallions – are the result of years of training for both rider and horse. Lipizzan horses are lively and intelligent, and as Europe’s oldest horse breed, their physique and grace are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship.
With its proud Austrian roots, Swarovski proudly supports the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, which celebrates Europe’s oldest cultural horse breed and the art of classical horsemanship, and is on UNESCO’s world heritage list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Swarovski has been closely linked to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna for many years, promoting its Fête Imperiale, the annual Summer Ball, and helping carry the tradition of the Lipizzaner horses into the future. Last year, at the anniversary gala dinner, Swarovski presented the Spanish Riding School with ten handcrafted Lipizzaner figurines, each adorned with 12,527 crystals using Swarovski’s hand-set Pointillage technique. Swarovski and the Spanish Riding School’s shared dedication to heritage, precision and craftsmanship make them natural collaborators for these historic anniversary celebrations.