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Horse & Country TV Documentary Takes Viewers inside the World Famous Spanish Riding School

20 June 2014 – An unprecedented television documentary showcasing the world’s oldest riding establishment, the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna, is to be broadcast by Horse & Country TV (Sky 280 and online) at 9pm on Sunday 29 June 2014.

Inside the Spanish Riding School takes viewers behind the scenes of the 440-year-old equestrian institute and follows them on tour in Malmo, Sweden, giving viewers a unique insight into the history and traditions of the Classical Dressage the school is so famous for. It is the first time a television channel has been given access to the historical institute on this level.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest of its kind in the world. First commissioned in 1565, it takes its name from the Spanish horses that originated from the Iberian Peninsula during the 16th century and were considered especially noble, spirited and suited for the art of classical horsemanship. Today there are 72 Lipizzaner stallions at the Vienna stables delighting over 300,000 visitors every year with their dazzling performances.

In the hour-long documentary, H&C’s Swedish presenter Sara Silfverberg takes viewers on a journey to discover the traditional methods used by the Spanish Riding School – developed all those years ago to aid war horses in battle – that now form the spectacular show that thousands of tourists travel from all over the world to see. As a prelude to the forthcoming Spanish Riding School UK Tour which will visit Sheffield Arena and London’s SSE Wembley Arena later this year, Silfverberg shadows the school as they go on tour to Malmo, Sweden and gains captivating insights from the riders, horses and tour management.

H&C TV Head of Programming, Jonathan Rippon, said: “The Spanish Riding School is an institution steeped in history and tradition with a reputation for excellence which transcends far beyond the world of equestrianism. This documentary provides a fascinating insight into the lives of those who work and travel with the school and we hope that through the broadcast we’ll be able to share this with our viewers.”

Inside the Spanish Riding School will be aired for the first time at 9pm on Sunday 29 June 2014 on Horse & Country TV (Sky channel 280). For further broadcast times, see our schedule listings at horseandcountry.tv/tv.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living.

At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and is shortlisted in three categories in 2014. Online, H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows.

In December 2013, the channel launched H&C TV Everywhere, a new service that allows you to watch the award winning channel without the need of a subscription to SKY: iOS and Android users can download a free H&C app so viewers can watch it on mobiles and tablets. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 125,000+ Facebook fans and 30,000+ followers on Twitter.

For more information, please contact Georgie Wells at Revolution Sports + Entertainment: georgina@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0207 592 1207

For more information about the Spanish Riding School UK Tour or for images and interviews from the SRS, please contact sam@samforrestpr.co.uk or 01242 603907.

Spanish Riding School Clinic in FL

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna has stood for equestrian tradition and perfection for over 430 years. It is the only institution in the world which preserves to this day the classical art of the Haute École which began in the Renaissance.

The “Spanish” part of its name stems from the Spanish horses ‘the ancestors of the Lipizzaners’ which were much sought after in the royal court at that time.

The equestrian Haute École dates back to the classical art of riding practiced in Greece, which was rediscovered at the end of the 15th and in the early 16th centuries. With the Renaissance came a whole new lifestyle in the dynasties of Europe, which naturally included a new equestrian style different to that which had been practiced in the Middle Ages.

From about 1562, Spanish horses were bred systematically by the Archduke Maximilian, who later became Emperor Maximilian II. This Habsburg ruler founded the first Imperial Stud in 1564 at Kladrub in Bohemia. Archduke Karl II, a brother of Emperor Maximilian, was also very interested in breeding Spanish horses and founded the Imperial Karst Stud near Lipizza in 1580.

Although it is still not known when exactly the first “Spanish Riding School” was built, various documents indicate that this may have been in the year 1572. However, it was more than 100 years later, between 1729 and 1735, that Emperor Karl VI commissioned Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach to build the baroque Winter Riding School which is world famous today and which has remained the home of the Spanish Riding School. This magnificent hall has a varied and interesting past, and was not only used for riding and training the white stallions. After the death of Karl VI in 1740, it was a perfect setting for jousting contests, carousels, and masked balls. During the Vienna Congresses particularly (1814-1815), the Spanish Riding School inspired an international audience of the most influential politicians. In the year of the revolution, 1848, meetings were held in the Riding School between the citizens of Vienna and the Reichstag.

Today, the Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School can be seen almost every day during Morning Exercises as well as once a week at a gala performance in the Winter Riding School. (taken from Chronicle of the Horse website)

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 440 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école.

The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna’s Spanish Riding School achieves. (taken from www.srs.at)

Bereiter Marius Schreiner, of the famed Spanish Riding School, will be returning for a 3rd time to the Brevard Equestrian Center to help Head Trainer, Lisa Smit, with her Grand Prix prospect, Ubilee II, along with 9 other lucky horse/rider combinations who will apply to ride.

Audit privileges are $30/day including lunch.
Bronze sponsors will receive 5 audit passes as well as placement on the web site (www.brevardec.com) and mention at the clinic for $175.
Silver sponsors will receive Bronze sponsor privileges, 5 passes to the Sunday evening social with Herr Schreiner and the riders, and the ability to place a sign or banner either at the entrance or the arena for $225.
Gold sponsors will receive Silver sponsor privileges as well as the ability to provide promotional items to the attendees for $300.
Sponsor money will be used to cover the cost of flights for Herr Schreiner, food at the clinic and the social Sunday evening, as well as Herr Schreiner’s day fees.

We look forward to making this a community event and introducing the general population to what we do here every day at Brevard Equestrian Center!

Lisa Smit