Tickets are now on sale now for a performance by the venerable Lipizzaner Stallions at Western Carolina University.
The famed “dancing white stallions” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center on the WCU campus. More than 25 million people worldwide have experienced the Lipizzaner tour, which travels to more than 140 cities per year and features fresh music and choreography, including a number set to big band music of the swing era.
The Lipizzaner tour, in its 39th year, features 12 to 14 stallions and their riders performing an “equine ballet” of selected maneuvers, including a segment called “Airs above the Ground.” Originating on the battlefield, “Airs above the Ground” includes the capriole, where the horse leaps into the air, draws his forelegs under his chest and kicks with his hind legs; the courbette, where the horse hops on his hind legs; and the levade, where the horse balances in a crouched position. The performance finale features stallions and their riders executing the highest levels of dressage. “Audiences share in the magic when they see nostrils flare and tails fly as the powerful horses perform their acrobatics,” writes the Dayton Daily News.
A rare breed with a storied history and 400-year-old European pedigree, Lipizzaners are known for their speed, strength and agility. With a life span of 30 to 35 years, Lipizzaners typically are born with black coats that turn white over the next decade. During World War II, Gen. George S. Patton acted to ensure the safety of the Lipizzaner population, depicted in the Disney film “The Miracle of the White Stallions.”
Ticket prices are $24.50 and $19.50, with $2 discounts for people 60 and older, 12 and younger and groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at the Ramsey Center box office, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling (828) 227-7722 or toll free at (866) 928-3378, or online by visiting ramsey.wcu.edu.