OLD MILL CREEK – The Tempel Lipizzans, the world’s largest privately owned herd of Lipizzan horses, welcomes horses and riders from Chile-based Escuela Clásica Lipizzana, Latin America’s first and only Lipizzan herd, to participate in Tempel Lipizzans’ 60th anniversary celebration.
Throughout July, the “Lipizzans of the Americas” will together present equestrian dressage performances as part of the Tempel Lipizzans regular summer performance season. Escuela Clásica Lipizzana also will appear with the Tempel Lipizzans at their 60th anniversary Gala Celebration at 5:30 p.m. July 21. Tempel Lipizzans will perform at pastoral Tempel Farms, just north of Chicago in Old Mill Creek.
In a live, 90-minute program of synchronized movements, both the Tempel Lipizzans and Escuela Clásica Lipizzana will show off their athleticism and harmony between horse and rider in a performance featuring a unique eight-horse quadrille in which highly trained stallions from both herds execute difficult, dance-like movements in unison.
Chile’s National Champion rider and horse pair Oscar Coddou Molina and Favory Duba – who have successfully competed at the international level including the Pan American Games – will also present a Grand Prix solo demonstration.
Escuela Clásica Lipizzana will perform at 1 p.m. July 18 and July 25, 6 p.m. July 14 and 5:30 p.m. July 21.
Tempel Farms’ outdoor café opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on days with matinee performances and at 4:30 p.m. on days with evening performances for dinner and drinks. VIP seating featuring complimentary wine and refreshments is also available.
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 information and to buy tickets, visit www.tempelfarms.com or call 847-244-5330.
Tickets for the 60th anniversary Gala Celebration are $150 per person and include a special performance by the Tempel Lipizzans followed by food, refreshments, and live music performed by the String Quartet of the Northbrook Symphony.
The event will also include a special viewing of never-before-seen footage of Tempel Lipizzans’ original herd as they traveled from Austria to their new home in the U.S. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.tempelfarms.com/gala.