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Lipizzan stallions taking time off for training

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  • Linda Leffingwell works with 5-year-old Maestoso Batosta as he kicks and bucks in the ring during training at Tempel Farms. The organization has taken this season off strictly for the purpose of training its horses.

       Linda Leffingwell works with 5-year-old Maestoso Batosta as he kicks and bucks in the ring during training at Tempel Farms. The organization has taken this season off strictly for the purpose of training its horses.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Dressage trainer Victor Pozzo gives Favory VII Anita a kiss after riding him in the training ring at Tempel Farms.

       Dressage trainer Victor Pozzo gives Favory VII Anita a kiss after riding him in the training ring at Tempel Farms.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Program director Esther Buonanno greets Adelena and her foal, Favory VI Adelena, in the pasture at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek.

       Program director Esther Buonanno greets Adelena and her foal, Favory VI Adelena, in the pasture at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Working student Ashley Vogel of Lake Forest rides on Favory VIII Ivana before running through a routine with the young stallions at Tempel Farms.

       Working student Ashley Vogel of Lake Forest rides on Favory VIII Ivana before running through a routine with the young stallions at Tempel Farms.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Working student Ashley Vogel walks with Favory VIII Ivana through the barn to the training ring at Tempel Farms.

       Working student Ashley Vogel walks with Favory VIII Ivana through the barn to the training ring at Tempel Farms.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Tempel Farms has taken the summer season off from performances this year to focus on breeding and training of the world famous Lipizzan horses, as well as staff development.

In 2011, five fillies and two colts were born at the farm in late March and April. The young foals stay in the pasture until they begin training.

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"We start to train just as they are turning 4," said dressage trainer Eliza Ardizzone as she leads one white horse on a longe line.

"To do the young stallions performance takes about a year, and then to do the quadrille, depending on the horse, takes three to four years to learn most of the movements."

Director of training Linda Leffingwell said she sees great potential in the young horses being trained.

"For the first time in its history of our performances, all of the young stallions are truly young stallions and there is not a mixture of older horses. This is the type of horse that will take us, in the long run, to the best possible performance we can give in the future."

A dress rehearsal performance is planned in the indoor ring for the evening of Sept. 17. For details, visit www.tempelfarms.com.

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