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2002/12/18

World Famous Lipizzan Stallions To Show At The University Of Arkansas The world-famous Lipizzan stallions will be performing their unique acrobatics at the University of Arkansas Feb. 11-12. The shows will be held in the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, located on Garland Avenue about two miles north of the U of A campus. The stallions, also called Lipizzaners in Europe, are horses of nobility - the ultimate expression of an art form that dates back to the 16th century, said Nancy Jack, director of the Dorothy E. King Equine Program in Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A. The Lipizzans were bred for the Spanish Riding School, established in the 16th century at Lipizza, near the Adriatic Sea, by the Hapsburgs, rulers of Austria-Hungary. "These magnificent stallions perform acrobatic maneuvers that no other breed of horse can equal," Jack said. "Now, they are coming to the University of Arkansas for all to appreciate. Don't miss this rare chance to see them perform their 'Airs Above the Ground.'" Evening performances will be Feb, 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $21.50 for adults and $19.50 for children under 12 or adults over 60. Group rate for 15 or more persons is $18.50. All matinee tickets are $16.50. Tickets are being handled exclusively by the Equestrian Connection, located at the Heartland Equine Medical Center, 2512 Deane Solomon Rd. in Fayetteville. Call them at 479-521-3255 or go to www.equinenewsline.org for more details. Information about the show at the U of A can also be found at http://www.uark.edu/depts/dekep/events/lipizzan/lipizzan.htm. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Dorothy E. King Equine Program in Bumpers College.

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