My profession as a classical painter and my passion for horses inspired me to travel to Vienna to the Spanish Riding School.
Here the magical Lipizzaner stallions are put through their daily routine to practice classical dressage to music. ‘Haute ecole’ – high school or ‘airs above the ground’ take years of training for both horse and rider as these advanced movements can only be performed with poise and balance.
The silver Lipizanner stallions with their elegant riders are a magnificent sight and the Spanish Riding Halll is probably the most beautiful Riding Hall in the World.
You can imagine my joy when I was appointed visiting artist and given the honour of staying for the summer to study and paint this most aesthetically pleasing and awesome sight.