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The classical riding school has developed over the centuries. It respects the horse’s natural movement and requires from the rider those skills that enable the horse and rider to achieve harmony, ease of movement and elegance while eagerly getting to know each other and producing results. Only the classical riding school enables the development of such physical abilities of horse and rider that they may enjoy each other’s company for many years.
Throughout the centuries, the great riding masters asked themselves how to train a horse to carry a rider and respond to their orders while at the same time maintaining and developing its physical ability and relationship with the rider. Contemporary riders are still trying to figure out why all the skills and knowledge acquired in the classical riding schools and preserved throughout the centuries cannot be applied properly today. One of the answers is the fact that, nowadays, most riders strive for mastery of riding skills within the shortest time possible. Especially those whose ambitions reach for competitive riding, which is why they want to ride independently as soon as possible and take part in various competitions, while forgetting that the path to the competition arena is very long.
Owing to its centuries-old tradition and knowledge, the Stud Farm would like to devote its attention to those riders who prefer investing their leisure time in a quality activity, see a partner and friend in a horse, and experience a feeling of attachment. All the above is encompassed in the core principles of the classical riding school.

Riding Package: 7 DAY / 6 NIGHTS - WEEKLY RIDING PROGRAM – suitable for advanced riders

Day 1:
Transfer (not included in price) to Lipica (TRS or VCE), after settling in your rooms you will meet your instructor, who will present you Lipica, the cradle of Lipizzaner horses.

Day 2:
Trail riding on Lipica estate; picnic on a meadow; trail riding to living Karst path; afternoon show with Lipizzaner horses

Day 3:
Trail riding to Škocjan Cave; visit of the Caves & lunch; trail riding back to Lipica

Day 4:
Trail riding to Kokoška hill with lunch in the cottage; possibility for a short walk to the aspiring view of Adriatic Sea

Day 5:
Trail riding to Belajava domačija with tasting of local products riding back

Day 6:
Trail riding to Dutovlje with tasting of local products (Wine & Cheese)

Day 7:
Return home

For all riding courses is required prior arrangement and confirmation.
All riders must wear riding clothes and boots, in cross-country rides also a riding cap. In dressage courses the riders are allowed to bring the riding crop and spurs.
The arrivals are on Saturdays; the riding courses begin on Sundays. We can customize your program -- just talk to our guide! See the different trail rides below.

Living Karst Museum Trail
With typical karst features such as karst dolines, uvalas, sinkholes, grikes, abysses, and of course, underground caves, the living museum of Karst area, which extends over 700 ha, is defined as ecologically important area and its larger part belongs among the Natura 2000 sites. Enjoy the easy yet pleasant ride in this natural museum.

Picnic Trail
The majestic centennial oaks are booming on over 300 hectares of green and so creating a fairytale like landscape. This is a perfect place to dismount and enjoy the peace and beautyof unspoiled nature with you best friend, the Lipizzaner. The picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the place and get to know the local cuisine!

Škocjan Cave Trail
The next day you will ride direction east,towards the green Brkini hills. Following a lovely forest road you will explore the east Karst. The pinnacle will be the stop at the world famous Škocjanske caves.
Protected by UNESCO this is a breath taking experience!

Carriage Ride
Upon your return and refreshment, you will finish your day like a true landlord!
Our coachman will take you for a romantic drive around the property of Lipica through the centennial tree alleys, which were also used by the Hapsburg royal family!

Kokoška Trail
On the karst edge, overlooking the gulf of Trieste rises the hill of Kokoška.
The refreshing and easy going for set road rises to 670m of sea altitude. With rich fauna and flora the path is widely popular among locals.

Homestead Belaj Trail
16km from Lipica, hidden from the the everyday fuzz lays a small and peaceful village Kačiče.
This is the home to Homestead Belaj also known as The Garden of Karst!
The presentation of the herbs and flowers and the degustation of their product will be done after pleasant yet dynamic ride through the historical village of Lokevand the karst countryside.

Srečko Kosovel Trail
Whenever Srečko was coming home, he walked this way. And like Srečko did, so can you listen to the humming of the pine trees in the karst wind.
Follow the steps of one of the most celebrated Slovenian poets from Sežana to his home Tomaj.

Teran Trail
This part is known for charming vineyards and gorgeous stone build cellars. You will take a rest in one of the oldest wine producers, family Lisjak.
With rich history, dedicated family and high-level product this is the right place to taste the famous Teran wine!

The Adriatic Trail
This exclusive and demanding route is an alternative for those who would like to go a bit further to taste salt as well.
Following the karst edge until you reach the charming castle Socerb.
After you and your furry friends recover and refresh you continue with the descend towards the gulf of Koper!
The path takes you through forest, fields, vineyards and finally olive gardens.
After 32km of pure riding you will arrive at your final destination, the olive oil farm Lisjak.
There you will have tastings of their products, BBQ and you will spend the night in their beautiful olive garden.
The next day after breakfast, you will return to Lipica.

Non-Riding activities:
Table tennis and mini golf

Cycling tracks
Those fond of active holidays can find many walking and cycling trails in the Karst surroundings of the home of the beautiful white Lipizzaners.   The Karst is a haven for walkers and cyclists as its unique landscape, rich cultural heritage and natural beauties are attracting more and more people each year who are searching for an active holiday.
You may choose between one-day and several-day trips. A pleasant climate is perfect for year-round activities. Particularly attractive is a visit in the spring, when nature wakes from hibernation, or in the autumn, when the sumach bushes are turning crimson red.
A walk through the mysterious underground world of many Karst caves is a unique experience in itself. You may also explore the cultural heritage of Karst villages where the interaction over thousands of years between natural phenomena and the influence of man, whose work helped shape the curiosities, is undoubtedly eye-catching.
You can also cycle on many local quiet roads, village cart tracks and forest paths winding between the characteristic Karst stone enclosures. A network of cycle paths is well-marked, helping you to find your way.  And when you feel hungry, find a Karst inn and enjoy the typical air dried ham – ‘pršut’.

Nature trails
The area of the cultivated Karst landscape of the Stud Farm, which is under the special protection of monumental heritage, encompasses pastures and meadows with protective fences, oak groves and avenues of trees. The man-made landscape is an integral and redesigned natural environment whose development is based on many centuries’ tradition of horse breeding. The present site plan of Lipica is the same as it was prior to 1817, evidence of which can be found in the cartographic records of the time. Even earlier than 1817, the estate was lined with an eight-kilometre long dry wall which is typical of the Karst. The role of the time-consuming construction of this dry wall was not merely functional, as the wall also symbolises the integrity and uniqueness of the Lipica landscape. From a historical point of view, the primary function of the stud farm and its pertaining land was the breeding of a single breed of horse. The spatial integrity of the stud farm which gave birth to one of the oldest breeds of horses makes this place unique – even on a global scale.
In view of the immense importance of this area, we would like to familiarise Slovenian and foreign visitors with this unique birthplace and home of the Lipizzaner. For this purpose a network of nature trails and promenades of various lengths have been arranged within the protected area. The planning of trails was underpinned by the basic principles of monument management which added another dimension to the core activity of horse breeding. Our nature trails will lead you through the remarkable man-made landscape of the Stud Farm. Its development and unique identity distinguish it from the immediate Karst surroundings. Throughout the centuries the land has been improved and cultivated for the purpose of horse breeding. The legacy of our ancestors includes not only typical Karst pastures with isolated oaks but also many other elements of the man-made landscape such as Karst ponds, wells, ice-pits, mines, limekilns, carved boundary markers and much more.
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Lipizzan Riding Center
Tour Code: PR-LIRAVP
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,295.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 01/02 - 01/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
A 2019 01/07 - 03/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 03/09 - 03/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
D 2019 03/30 - 04/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 04/02 - 04/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
C 2019 04/27 - 07/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
D 2019 07/06 - 08/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
E 2019 08/10 - 08/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
D 2019 08/26 - 09/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 09/16 - 11/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
A 2019 11/04 - 12/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 12/21 - 12/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
E 2019 12/28 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, MAP 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: English
Horses: Lipizzan
Pace: 3+ hours per day (5 riding days)
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Trieste, Italy
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