The aristocrats of the equestrian world - the renowned Lippizaner Stallions - will perform on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace Acord Arena.
This rare Salt Lake City appearance is presented by KSL TV and Radio.The dancing white stallions gained international fame in the Walt Disney movie, "The Miracle of the White Stallions," which depicted the rescue of the horses from Czechoslovakia by Gen. Patton's forces during World War II and their triumphant return to Austria.
The Lippizaners' distant ancestors from the Orient bore Ghengis Khan out of the wastes of Asia to conquer much of the then-known world. It is believed that the forerunner of the actual Lippizan was bred in Carthage more than 2,000 years ago. The Carthaginian stock was bred to the Vilano, a sturdy Pyrenees horse, and with Arab and Barbary strains, the result became the fabled horse of ancient Spain.
During the 700-year Moorish domination of Spain, the breed remained essentially the same. Occasional crossing with fresh Arab and Oriental blood by the breeders of Cordoba and Granada assured that the fleetness and agility so prized by the Arabs remained qualities inherent in the stock.
Tickets for the Lippizaner Stallion show are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens or children. A $2 discount is available with either a KSL Radio "Blue Chip" card or a KSL-TV "Merchant Card."
Tickets are available at the Salt Palace box office (11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays), or at any Smith'sTix outlet. Visa and Mastercard orders are available by calling 363-7681 or 1-800-888-SHOW.