Spanish Riding School of Vienna

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November 13, 2005|By LORI SEARS

The Lipizzaner stallions are galloping into Washington this coming weekend. A group of 30 horses and riders and a crew of 40 from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna are visiting the United States for a series of equestrian shows through December. On Saturday and Nov. 20, the graceful white Lipizzaners will perform their choreographed routines for audiences at the MCI Center in Washington.

This U.S. tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the rescue of the 425-year-old breed by Gen. George Patton during World War II, when the school and its horses were at risk of being destroyed.

The school, founded in 1572, trains the horses for six to eight years, developing their intricate movements, which include trotting in place and performing pirouettes.

The shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the MCI Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets $33-$153. Details: 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

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