In 1945 Austria, during World War II, Austrian Col. Alois Podhajsky sets out to protect his beloved Lipizzaner horses – purebred white show horses with centuries of tradition as war horses – from starving refugees and the advancing Soviet Army, which might also view the mares and foals being kept at a German-controlled breeding farm in Czechoslovakia as a food source. Hoping to surrender them into safekeeping, Podhajsky seeks out U.S. General George S. Patton, a noted horse fancier.[a] Podhajsky and his team from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna perform for Patton with their Lipizzaner stallions a precision dressage exhibition and the individual “Airs Above the Ground” with the hopes Patton will see the value of horses and help him rescue the mares and foals in Czechoslovakia.
February 4, 2024 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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