Lipizzaner stallions to trot into town |

Lipizzaner stallions to trot into town

The world-famous Lipizzaner stallions – steeped in European history and the star of a Walt Disney movie – are coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

More than 25 million people have seen the famous breed of horses since they began touring the world almost 40 years ago.

“The Lipizzaner horse’s ancestry can be traced back to the 8th century,” according to the Lipizzaner Society of Great Britain. “The modern Lipizzaner was first bred in 1580 by the Hapsburgs ” the Royal family of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.”

The horse is named after the village of Lipizza (now spelled Lipica) in Slovenia, and the horse has a long life span of more than 30 years.

Gen. George Patton is credited with helping to rescue the horses in Vienna in April 1945 during World War II.

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