"Days of European Stud Culture" with symposium, October 2011 at Lipica

The European State Studs are a first class cultural heritage

"The European State Studs are a first class cultural heritage, which needs protection and stewardship", agreed the participants of the symposium which took place as part of the "Days of European Stud Culture". From October 12th to 14th the European State Studs Association (ESSA) had invited to the Slovenian National Stud of Lipica, in order to bring experts from the field of culture and the equestrian world together and to raise awareness for the cultural significance of the European State studs.

High level representatives of different European Ministries of Culture, universities, museums and international Institutions had come to Lipica, first of all Dr. Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and his colleague Dr. Ángela Rojas. Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Slovenian Minister of Culture and patron of the event opened the symposium.

The cultural aspects of the European state studs were illustrated and discussed in a wide range of presentations. The thematic aspects reached from historic stud premises with their associated cultural landscapes, collections and archives to traditions, knowledge, the culture of classical riding and carriage driving to the heritage "horse". Different horse breeds were in the focus of attention. First of all the native Lippizaner horses, which are regarded as a National Heritage of Slovenia, as well as Altkladruber horses which enjoy the same status at their country of origin, the Czech Republic. Dr. Stefan Rieder, director of the Swiss National Stud Avenches gave an introduction to questions of ethics surrounding the breeding and keeping of horses. Dr. Astrid von Velsen-Zerweck, director of the German State Stud Marbach, moderated the programme and the concluded panel discussion.

A guided stud tour with performance of the Lipica Classical Riding School and a visit to the recently opened museum "Lipikum" completed the Days of European Stud Culture. The publication of the symposium contributions is in preparation. Friends of European stud culture find more information at our studs page "Studs - Slovenia - Lipica" and the homepage of the Slovenian National Stud www.lipica.org
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Postscript (short version):
October 12th to 14th 2011
Days of European Stud Culture at Lipica

From October 12th to 14th the "Days of European Stud Culture" were held at Lipica National Stud, Slovenia. The symposium took place on Thursday October 13th and was added the following day by a guided stud tour, a performance of the Classical Riding School and the recently opened "Museum Lipikum", as well as a visit to the World Heritage site of Škocjan.

The symposium was the kick-off event for the application of the European State Studs for the "European Heritage Label". The presentations dealed with the wide range of cultural aspects connected with the European state studs. The historic stud premises and cultural landscapes and the living heritage "horse" were in the focus of attention as well as traditions and knowledge preserved and continued in the national studs over centuries. A special section dealed with ethical issues related to horses and society.

Painting of Imperial Stud Lipizza

The symposium was supported by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, representatives of national and international heritage organisations and the responsible governmental bodies. Experts from the fields of tangible, intangible and living heritage, as well as representatives of the ESSA partner studs contributed to the presentations and discussions. All friends of European stud culture were invited to join the activities! See also our page „Studs - Slovenia - Lipica“ and the stud's homepage www.lipica.org (English version).


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