SA’s Lipizzaners to celebrate

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SA’s Lipizzaners to celebrate Halloween with a ‘spooky fright night’

You can see the magnificent ‘dancing white stallions’ or South African Lipizzaners in their first-ever ‘fright night’ this October.

SA’s Lipizzaners to celebrate

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Fly over on a broom or float on in like a ghost, just don’t be tardy for the South African Lipizzaners first-ever “fright night”! Yes, the South African Lipizzaners is throwing a “Halloween party” that’s sure to be a fright, filled with spooktacular tunes.

South African Lipizzaners | Fright Night

Fans of these magnificent “dancing white stallions” known as the South African Lipizzaners can attend the fright night at the Mistico Equestrian Centre in the Cape Winelands on 23 October. After the show, you can join the group in their “spooky barn” to meet the stallions and spoil them with their very own trick or treat!

Tickets for the event are available at Quicket and starts at R300 per person (adults and children over the age of 12) and R150 per person for children under the age of 12.

Should you attend the event, please take note:

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to.
  • Snacks will be available for purchase before and after the performance


According to the Fédération Equestre Internationale, it was the need for a particularly strong and brave warhorse that laid the foundations for the breeding programme that culminated in the Lipizzaner of today.

“A mélange of Spanish, Italian and Arab-Oriental horses led to what is considered the first “man-made” breed originating in around 1562. Courage, strength and agility remain notable traits of the Lipizzaner horse almost 500 years later.”

In 1948 the Lipizzaners made it to SA’s shores and in 1969 Major George Iwanowski built the first-ever indoor school in South Africa which remains the home of the SA Lipizzaner Centre today. 

Two years later the first regular Sunday morning performance of the Lipizzaners was opened by the then Chief of The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Colonel Handler.

Today the tradition of breeding and high school training continues in South Africa with a stud farm in the Gauteng Province and at the original equestrian centre.