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What use to be a normal occurance in European society has almost vanished today. Almost, for there are still several juwels of classical riding schools left in Europe and even outside of Europe such as the United States and South Africa. We present our favorite schools to you here.

The Royal Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria
The olderst still living riding school in the world. No less then 450 years straight, of classical knowledge kept from generation to generation. For the foundation of this riding school a new stud was bred, the famous lipizzaner horse, still bred today at the royal stud in Piber.
The stallions that come to the school are carefully started at 3,5 to 4 years old and then their education takes 8 tot 10 years before it is called completed. As the stallions are able to perform the highest and most heavy high school work on a daily bases, and still are very fit and agile at 27, shows this is the work all horses need to remain sound, healthy, powerful and happy. Around 27, the stallions retire back to their place were they grew up, to be cared for as royalty. They retire not because they are broken, but because now they are still in their prime and can enjoy a happy long retirement of 5 to 10 years. This is what we wish all horses in the world, as horses very much are deserving of our best care and appreciation, after being our best partner for millenia. As the Spanish Riding School is our favorite school and greatest example, we are very much honoured and delighted that Bereiter Helmut Oberhausen is coming to teach our students on October 31 and November 1 2016, in Belgium, so we can expand on our riding skills and knowledge. 
There are riding school with descendents of the lipizzaners from Vienna, fashioned after the School of Vienna in the US and South Africa.
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Fürstliche Hofreitschüle Bückeburg, Germany
Anno 1608 this riding school was founded. However in 1789 the school was modernised to accomodate the 'new English riding style' and the baroque horses were moved out to make place for thoroughbreds. In 1945 the school is occupied by the English troops because of the war. However in 1949, the school is once again reopened as a English style riding school. Only in 2003 the school is once again reformed to her former glory by the Krischke family. The Bückerburger Hofreitschüle published and prints her own magazine. For this magazine, head rider of the Equus Universalis Riding School Josepha Guillaume was interviewed 5 pages long. After that some of her articles were translated to German and published in the magazine.
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Le Cadre Noir Saumur, France
Le Cadre noir is the national riding school of France, founded in 1972.
Not withstanding the schools clear baroque elements, this school also has a more 'modern' structure fashioned after the light cavalry of the 18th centure. Serving as an international school institute for both classical work as sport, the Cadre Noir is in fact the sort of structure Equus Universalis wishes to set up for the Benelux. 
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Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre Lissabon, Portugal
This riding school was founded in 1979 by the ministry of agriculture of Portugal under supervision of Guilherme Borba and João Costa Ferreira. The goal was and is to reintroduce the Royal Barokke Riding School which was closed in the 19th century in order to rekindle the fire of classical equitation that once consumed all of Europe. And with succes we might add! Anno 2016, this school is an international force to reckon with and named in the same sentence as the Riding School of Vienna. The breed used for the school is the agile and intelligent Alter real.
This school's work is light and correct, a pleasure to witness, so we suggest a visit.
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The Irish Army Equitation School Dublin, Ireland
Founded in 1926 to promote the sustainable and functional way of schooling horses into light cavalry horses as foundation to keep this work alive in the Equestrian sport today. Next to the promotion of the Irish Sport horse which comes forth of the welknow excellent versatile Irish Hunters. To this end the horses for the military school are delivered by the Irish National Studfarm. This school is an offical army school and manages to maintain an important role with FEI activities. Much needed as Sportive achievements and sustainability do not always go hand in hand anymore these days. Although a more jumping and cross school for horses and by no means baroque, this school has a very high value in maintaining and spreading sustainable training methods within the Equestrian sport organisations and keeping alive our European light cavalry work for all the generations to come.
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