“Lipizzaner – the horse of kings and king of horses.” I first heard this phrase in the state stud farm Topoľčianky in the Slovak Republic, where I closely acquainted during my photographic work with this wonderful horse breeds that captivated me.
The more I was in the presence of these noble horses, the more I wanted to know their nature, historical development, training, and conditions of their breeding. And because each person has their dreams they want to make true, I decided to fulfil this dream and follow the trails of the oldest cultural breeds of horses bred in Europe – Lipizzaners.
In June 2007, I and my friends organised an expedition named CZECH Lipizzan EXPEDITION 2007, under the benevolent auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in the Czech Republic. The expedition aimed photographic documentation of some European Lipizzaner stud farm, which is engaged in rearing of Lipizzaners.
During our trip, we travelled through Europe route more than 4000 km, and material obtained from this expedition has been used in my book “Lipizzaner – Lipizzaners”, which was published in April 2008, and at the photo exhibition entitled “Lipizzaners – My Love.” I chose a similar name to the photo exhibition for my second book about Lipizzaners, called “Lipizzaner our love.”
During our CZECH LIPIZZAN EXPEDITION 2007 we visited these stud farms:
SPANISCHE HOFREITSCHULE BUNDESGESTÜT PIBER
ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE PER LA ZOOTECNIA
DRŽAVNA ERGELA LIPICANACA DAKOVO
ÁLLAMI MÉNESGAZDASÁG SZILVÁSVÁRAD
NÁRODNÝ ŽREBČÍN TOPOĹČIANKY
Book “Lipicáni – Lipizzaners”
Book launches: https://www.foto-gregor.com/language/en/2008/04/lipizzaners/
Photo exhibitions “Lipizzaner, my love”
Photo exhibitions: https://www.foto-gregor.com/language/en/2008/04/lipizzaners-my-love-2/