The Tempel Lipizzan Legacy

A few miles from my dad's lake house (where we're visiting now) are the Tempel Lipizzan Stables which house Lipizzans, Europe's oldest domesticated horses, owned by the Tempel Smith family (of Tempel Steel).  The grounds are incredible and we love going to see the shows.
 
{The Stables}

According to Lippizan.com, "Lipizzans are Europe's oldest domesticated breed of horse. They not only possess beauty and nobility, but also a rare combination of courage, strength, ability, temperament, and intelligence.



The Lipizzan breed had its beginning in 1580"... and was created by a combination of different breeds... They have been moved throughout the past 400 years numerous times to survive various wars including the Napoleanic Wars, and World Wars I & II.  "In 1945 General patton executed a daring rescue of the Lippizzans, the story of which is told in Disney's The Miracle of the White Stallions."

{photo of a photo I saw in the stables}

"In 1955, millionaire Tempel Smith (Tempel Steel) of Chicago, imported 20 Lipizzans from Austria, 11 from Hungary, and 6 from Yugoslavia..."

{Me creepily taking photos of one of the riders who was resting between performances...  he totally caught me- oops!}

..."Tempel Smith devoted 15 years, until his death in 1980, importing and breeding his herd to over 400 horses. Since Tempel Smith's death, much of the herd was disbursed. However, Tempel Farms still breeds a number of Lipizzans each year, and they still successfully compete Lipizzans for Tempel Farms."
 
{The Show...  The woman above was so beautiful & poised...  exactly what you would imagine. }

This year, the weather was perfect when we took Christian & Justin to see the show.  The horses are just incredible:



I can't believe how high they jump!!!


The boys had so much fun and even 7-month-old Justin was into it...

 

 {I loved this photo from the stables}

And Christian loved the old "fire truck"- 


I'm apey over the Guest House, which sits high up on a hill overlooking the grounds:
 

It can be rented for private events and there's a pool in the back:


  

... which overlooks this:
 

And the stables house some of the best design I've ever seen:


The hallway was gorgeous. 

 

They've kept everything as it was in the 50s:


Check out the heat lamps the horses use when being bathed:


...And of course I can't see all of this and not start to think about interiors.  Oh my gosh, please someone call me with a horse fetish!!!  (err passion ;)  I'm dying to do a home for a horse-lover now!!

  Check out these photos taken by Roger Davies for Elle Decor of Mark Badgley and James Mishcka’s home:  Mmmmmm.. love it!







 And this one from Nuevo Estilo Magazine via La Dolce Vita:


(I can't help but get a little bit excited for Fall when looking at all of these images but I'm holding it back because Summer's still in full force.)  

And one last picture of the horses as we drove by another day on the way home to the house...  You can see them right on Hunt Club Road: 

  
{The Tempel Lipizzans}

xoxo, Lauren


If you're still in the mood for horse-inspired interiors, definitely check out these 2 posts full of equestrian eye candy:  (so gorgeous!!!)

Chic Equestrian Style in Home Decor by Simplified Bee
Equestrian Chic by La Dolce Vita

38 comments:

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a beautiful place and the grounds and stables are gorgeous! I've always admired people who have horses - it's always seemed like such a luxurious thing. Great pics! : )

Wives said...

AHHHHH Lauren - how come you are always right up my alley! I am a horse gal myself (have two horses of my own at my parents farm-ette) and would DIE to incorporate them in to my interiors in some way that isnt cliche or giclee or too traditional/hunt scenes. i think i need to have a session with you ASAP. :)

Carolyn said...

I am living in Graz, Austria and the Piber Stud Farm where they breed these beautiful horses is like 25 minutes away. I have yet to go...I must now! And they still have shows around Vienna here. Beautiful pictures.

amymeier said...

What a gorgeous post! I loved the images you captured. So alive and inspiring. Thank you for a great start to the day!
Best,
Amy Meier

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Those horses are beautiful! I always want to go to the traveling show that comes to town around Christmas but haven't yet. After seeing this post, I might have to do it this year!

Belly said...

I can't get enough of equestrian style, and the boys look like they're having so much fun (my son loves horses, too).

Teresa Meyer said...

Ah, this was a stunning post. I'm so not a horse person...I mean, I like looking at them from afar, but I can't ride to save my life. Great post and a fun diversion!!

eclecticentertaining said...

Love it! Takes me back to the horsey days of my youth! Delightful post

Living It At Home said...

Stunning place and beautiful horses! Your boys look like they really enjoyed it!

2horseygirls said...

Lauren - If you are up for it, I live in Crystal Lake, IL (about 1 hour west of where you are) and would love a consultation. DH & I are going round & round on our living room, which is our next project. Send me a email if you think you can squeeze us in :)

Chrissa said...

You know I love you, and this post, but Lauren, you need to go back and ask to see the guest house.

Purty peas?

kayce hughes said...

great photos! I love seeing all of these little jewels that I wouldn't otherwise know about.

mrsben said...

One only has to gaze upon or see a performance of these magnificent beasts to understand why the legends of the Unicorn and Pegasus exist.

Wonderful post Lauren! Now I'm off to check out the Equestrain Chic Style pages. -Brenda-

Hannah said...

Great post. You actually live so close to the mecca of the horse world, Middleburg, VA. Have you ever been. It doesn't get more horsey than that. Miles and miles of old, gorgeous farms belonging to the likes of the Firestones, Jaquie Mars of M&M Mars, the Kodak Family, DuPont's and many, many more. You need to get a few contacts over there and go to town.

Teresa Hatfield said...

Things just seem so perfect there, don't they! Asolutely beautiful post!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

karlee said...

Now that is a place I would LOVE to visit! Those horses are beautiful, and equestrian style is so timeless!

bullie_mama said...

Gorgeous photos! What a surreal, grand place to visit!
I'm a new follower - found you over at The Life of a Future Domestic Goddess.
So glad I found your blog - you have great style and such a fun way of sharing!
YAY!
-Sara.

Henley on the Horn said...

What lovely photographs!!!!

Dawn said...

What a great post! I am a life-long horse owner and live on a farm in NC with horses, gosts, chickens, dogs, and cats. I love to surround myself with art and artifacts that remind me of my animals from drawings of my horses, "bouquets" of chicken feathers, shadowboxed horse show ribbons, and even abandoned bird;s nests made entirely of my horses hair. I also collect paintings of barns and display them in my tack room and in the house. I really feel my farm represents me and my family without becoming too much of a "theme." I have visited the Spanish Riding School in Vienna but had not heard of the farm you visited. Beautiful! I wish I could potty train my chickens and teach my horses not to blow their noses on the walls! Thanks so much!

nannykim said...

Just beautiful/everything!

Gretchen said...

your photography is gorgeous in this post...I would take an evil look from a rider to capture that moment:) and the woman oh the horse, gorg! We have seen the Lippizans here in Aiken, South Carolina. AMAZING! Also, so into Equestrian Chic these days myself.
Thanks for another great post!

alice said...

Gorgeous grounds, and horses! I love the brick herringbone in the bathing room in addition to the stables and everything else! Enjoy your vacation!

pve design said...

Nothing like a horse of course to inspire one.
I love drawing them too.
pve

Sarah said...

My goodness everything is so beautiful. The houses and horses are breathtaking. I just found your blog and love it! BTW, I have a giveaway over at my blog http://aspoonfulofdish.blogspot.com, come on over and check it out.

吳怡君吳怡君 said...

我們必須先有哭泣,才有歡笑;也必須先感到人生的悲哀,然後才感到人生的快樂。............................................................

Acquired Objects said...

The horses live in bigger digs then I do but the stables are stunning! I wonder if the horses would like a roommate? I wouldn’t take up much room just one stall. The horses are gorgeous and huge and OMG I didn’t know a horse would jump like that….look at his poise! You can see the muscles in his hind flank. I don’t own horses but live around a lot of them and while they’re beautiful they are nothing like these Lipizzans. What a real treat for your family and us, thank you so much for sharing.

pretty pink tulips said...

I adore horses....and grew up riding Western (you know, the whole Texas thing). But, I think there is something so graceful about more proper equestrian style. And I adore stables. Your photos are beautiful -- and I can tell how much fun your family has attending the shows!
Elizabeth

La Petite Gallery said...

Lauren, what a magnificent post. I love the stallions. I have painted one. They are so majestic. thank you for all this info. I never knew. yvonne

LiveLikeYou said...

That is one of the most beautiful stables I have ever seen!!! I've been in awe of those horses for as long as I can remember.

Ms. Pink said...

love these photos... such a dreamy place to live in!

mp
http://www.thepinkandblueblog.com/

Copy Cat Chic said...

Lauren! I absolutely looove equestrian themed decor, maybe it's because I own a horse ;) Check out this fab find I got for only $150 when I was with Eddie & Jaithan: http://tinyurl.com/28awt5a
The ribbons are all from the 50's isn't it amazing????

Unique Unique Design said...

These are amazing amimals. My daughter is a horse lover (she rides saddle seat) and has spent hours reading and watching the Lipizzans. Great post and beautiful pics. And your children are adorable!
marcie

Emily @ GEORGE Interior Design said...

Holy amazing post! Some of your photos of the grounds and jumping horses are just amazing. Like I would like to frame them! And I love that you got caught.

Where are the Stables located?? Beautiful! thank you!

michiganhome said...

Hi! I've been a lurker for several months, (though I commented about the willow trees; how are those coming along, by the way?)... Anyway, just loved this post and wanted to tell you. Also, in that photo of Christian in the fire truck, he looks SO much like you! Smiles.
- Michiganhome

Chic Coles said...

I have a crazy obsession with horses and equestrian design...love it all!

Charlotta Ward said...

OMG this is one of my most favourite posts ever. I loved everything about it - the stories, the photos and the inspiration.
Is that a horse doing a Capote up there? If so, amazing! Something I'd imagine seeing at the Spanish riding school!

Lovely lovely!

x Charlotta

Charlotta Ward said...

..not 'capote'.. (hat in French..). :)
I meant a 'capriole'..
:)

Maurie said...

The horses are splendid creatures, but my favorite shots were of your adorable boys. That Justin in his jaunty hat showing his bottom teeth...priceless.