The South African Lipizzaners

Horse dreams come true when living tradition and the values of the past blend with the passion of the present.

The South African Lipizzaner horses have been delighting South Africans for over 75 years with their world-famous performance “The Ballet Of The White Stallions”. The South African Lipizzaner Center (NPO) is a renowned equestrian establishment where these magnificent white horses dance in choreographed routines to toe tapping tunes as well as displaying ancient war movements used on the battlefield, a great representation of raw horse power. After the performance, the barn doors open for young and old to meet the stallions and feed them some treats, while the stallions enjoy those we invite you to enjoy the beauty of this venue with a bottle of Legacy Lipizzaner wine.

The center is located ideally between Paarl and Durbanville in the Western Cape, with the picturesque backdrop of the Cape Winelands and its treasures. The public performances are a true unparalleled cultural experience with the inspiring relationship between horse and rider highlighted. there truly is nothing like it in South Africa. The performance hall of their home base is located indoors, ensuring that no matter the weather, the show will go on. With a select number of performances themed to holidays and celebrations there truly is something for the young and young at heart.

At the South African Lipizzaners lunge lessons are also offered to the public. We pride ourselves on our lungeing technique, and riders are specifically trained to detect and correct faults in a rider’s position from the ground. Our lessons are personally tailored to suit you and develop your current ability while focusing on your desired outcome.

The South African Lipizzaners caters to all needs; we host public and private audiences provide educational tours, entertainment for corporate functions and / or family celebrations such as birthday parties. Our handsome stallions have featured in photo shoots, commercials and popular television series including Dancing with the Stars South Africa.

The teams work is dedicated to the preservation of the magnificent Lipizzaner horse in South Africa. These are no ordinary horses, however. Their history dates back to about 1562 when they were especially bred for war, a mixture of Spanish, Italian and Arab-Oriental horses, with special qualities including courage, strength and agility. They have continued to fight through the centuries for their survival. The training involved to create these incredible performances follows the strict principles and traditions of classical dressage and the haute ècole. Classical training is a historical, systematic approach passed down through generations of equestrian masters, with the goal of achieving absolute harmony with the horse.

As a Non-Profit Organisation; the tireless efforts of our supporters and team are what keep the now 75-year legacy of the Lipizzaner horse in South Africa alive. Having survived countess battles throughout their history, our mission to give them a future, help us in ensuring their incredible legacy continues.


- Regular performances for the whole family, with catering available before and after the performance
- Family friendly events year round
- Tickets available for purchase through Quicket, at the gate on the day or through our friendly office
- Available for private performances, photoshoots and events
- Indoor seating, secure parking and generator onsite


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