The Tempel Lipizzans

The Tempel Lipizzans, Old Mill Creek: Hours, Address, The Tempel Lipizzans Reviews: 4.5/5

The Tempel Lipizzans
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lipizzaner Stallions have been enchanting audiences for 450 years. Witness art and history come to life at one of our Matinee or Evening Performances or during a Behind-The-Scenes Tour (available by appointment only). From the playful bounding of new foals to the strong, precise jumps of our stallions, the whole family will be captivated by the strength, beauty, and intelligence of these horses. Each performance, to music, is a study in classical horsemanship which has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century; the Lipizzaners have been performing at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria since the 1500’s. There are very few places in the United States where such an art can be observed. We offer a taste of Vienna, Austria right in your back yard. Performances begin mid June and run through mid September.
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Deming, NM49 contributions
Loved the Demonstrations
Sep 2019
First I don't understand the negative reviews. It appeared these individuals knew something about dressage, etc. You must judge by what you see. It's not easy doing synchronized riding on stallions no less. If you want to see perfection then go to a horse-show. I particularly loved the showing of the mares and foals where they actually turned the foals loose in the dressage arena and they were able to interact with each other. It was priceless. We opted for the Wine/cheese and cracker brunch and were able to talk to one of the owners. Very refreshing since we flew in from El Paso, Texas our closest major airport from southern New Mexico. Seeing the Lipazzan Stallions has always been a dream. I would love to go to Vienna to the Spanish Riding School.
Written November 12, 2019
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Claudia C
Mesquite, NV58 contributions
Bucket List Journey for the Horse Enthusiast
Jun 2019
If you have an interest in these amazing horses, this is the place for you to visit! My 10 year old granddaughter and I visited this farm in order to experience these beautiful and amazing horses. We were able to learn all about the history of these horses and watch a detailed performance. For an up close and personal experience with Lipizzan horses, this is the place to go. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, willing to share their love of the horses. My advice is to purchase the VIP package, as you are able to not only have up close seating during the performance, but are provided a small group tour of the horse barns and can pet and love on these gentile and magnificent stallions. We attended an evening performance and it was an event that will not soon be forgotten.
Written September 8, 2019
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Joann M
4 contributions
Elegant, Timeless, Lovely Performance
Sep 2019 • Family
We enjoyed visiting and watching! We had a brisket sandwich before the performance (very good) and enjoyed the demonstrations, all set to classical music.
We like how close you are to the performance & being able to tour the barn afterwards. Nice gift shop too.
Written September 5, 2019
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Ronda S
Janesville, WI28 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
I'll admit I'm a horse girl. We went to the Behind the Scenes show on 2/9/19. I suppose it's so pricy because it's in the Chicago area. I guess I was looking for some higher moves. For horses that have been ridden 5 days a week for many years, they looked pretty green in some of the higher levels like flying lead changes. The demo horse missed the lead change twice before getting a correct change which most folks wouldn't know if you aren't familiar with lead changes. I was expecting more of an airs above the ground performance with cabriole type of thing - the good stuff. What I really saw was trot & canter. Piaffe & passage that weren't really what you'd expect from a good dressage horse ridden for that many years, they kind of just fell apart and they only did about 5-10 steps. Tight flash nosebands, too much contact on the reins and the horses necks are so bent along the top they look like they've been pulling semi trailers out of the ditches - looks like they've been in side reins all their lives so they can' traipse their heads but, normal horses don't have necks that look like that. Spurs with crops, why do you need both in order to ride horses that are ridden that much - unless they are completely dull? I don't know maybe I don't understand the dressage world, the more I see the less impressed I am with it and I think the horses they ride are too. I'd recommend going to Medieval Times if you want to see some beautiful horses who can do the high levels, I could watch those horses all day. In other words, sorry I'm not impressed.
Written February 9, 2019
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Hello Ronda, Thank you for your feedback. We take our customer's feedback to heart and use it to improve our customers' experience. I would like to address some of your concerns. The tour you attended is intended to be an education in the history of the lipizzan and classical training which shows a peek into the daily running of our farm. The arena portion shows a daily training session. Our daily training sessions are when horses can make mistakes. Like people, this is how they learn. Each horse shown is at a different level in their training. We show the finish segments and higher level movements during our summer performances. We do not typically show any airs movements during the tours. We do use side reins in our training when horses are being lunged or performing in the airs above the ground. Side reins are positioned at a length suited to the horses' comfort and level of training. Our horses' comfort is our top concern and we are diligent to ensure that our horses are never physically uncomfortable during any part of their training. As for the whip and spurs, this is part of our rider's uniform. Spurs and whips are what we call secondary aids, they are there to back up the primary aids (leg & seat). If we ask the horse something with the primary aids and we do not get a response then the secondary aids are there to back up the primary aids. An educated rider uses these tools only when necessary and never harshly. We always encourage questions as we are always eager to help demystify dressage. Please let us know if there are any other questions we can help clarify. Tempel Lipizzans Management Team
Written February 11, 2019
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Norris A
Chicago, IL2,055 contributions
A wonderful show in a beautiful setting within an hour of Chicago
Aug 2018 • Couples
I don't know why we left it so long as our last visit here was 20 years ago! Since then we have seen the Lippizans indoors in Vienna. Better late than never and so a few days ago on a sunny Sunday we went back up North to Wadsworth Illinois and to Old Mill Creek where the magic happens.

When we arrived, 30 minutes before a 1 pm matinee, a staff member pulled up in a golf cart and asked if we wanted a ride to the stands-it was maybe 70 yards away. Nice gesture and typical of the helpful staff we would find there. We walked.
One surprise on the way to the showgrounds was the Port-A-John toilets to serve maybe 150 attendees. There's no lack of space to build toilets and a septic tank...just sayin'.
I'm surprised they haven't done so considering their 60 year history.

We splurged on VIP seating as this was such a once in a while occasion. I thought that would be front row of the bleachers at either end of the show sand with maybe a cushion. We were instead directed to the end where the horses appear to find benches with backs and small tables for the complimentary wines and delicious snacks of cheese, fruit, olives and salami. A server was there to help one load up the plate and pour some fine Pinot Grigio. We had folding chairs as the benches were occupied and these can me moved to get a better view. We were in the shade under trees. A comfortable environment and money well-spent.

The performance is 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission where you can go to the cafe for hot food and drinks or line-up at a Port-a-John. It goes at a relaxed and graceful pace, so if you are expecting a rodeo or such you have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
There are no Cheerleaders with pom noms urging the horses to jump higher or do handstands and no marching bands or mascots in goofy costumes. There are just meticulously trained horses doing things you don't normally see horses do. In a very nice calming setting. Surrounded by considerate people not gabbing babble into their cell phones for 90 minutes.

You are given a color pamphlet listing the moves the horses will be making, in order so you can anticipate your favorite or most thrilling. The horses are focused and responding to subtle rein twitches of their remarkable riders. It's skill and precision. Riders and horses on the same page accompanied by Viennese music and a narrator's recorded voice. It's an art form and it's happening just a few feet away ( roughly 10 in our case) along the sidelines.

After the show you are welcome to visit the stables and see and touch the horses. The trainers will be there to answer any questions you may have. Just outside the stables one of the riders will have his horse for you to pose with in front of a backdrop.

I can't think of a nicer way to spend a couple of hours in pleasant weather.
It's a special experience for people of all ages and the kids will love it.

(If it rains the event will be moved to an indoor arena.)
Written August 19, 2018
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Des Plaines, IL483 contributions
Great show!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Great show! We went with a friend for the afternoon performance. The horses are lovely and we all enjoyed the show. There was a nice variety in the program. The downside-food a the snack tent was so-so. Also, take a cushion as the wooden bleachers are not that comfortable
Written July 25, 2018
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Green Bay, WI93 contributions
Wonderful show
Jul 2018 • Couples
We really enjoyed the 90 minute show and our visit to the stables afterwards. If you love horses as my wife does its a must see. The grounds are very nice. The workers were nice and helpful showing us to the seating area and talking with us in the stables. The sound system was not as good as it could be. The only other thing I didn't like was the driveway and parking area are gravel. Otherwise we thought it was a wonderful show.
Written July 22, 2018
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Michael M
La Quinta, CA34 contributions
The Lipizzans of the Americas
Jul 2018 • Couples
Incredible show! We went to the July 7th evening show and were quite impressed with the quality of both the horses and riders. The setting is a gorgeous farm just south of the Wisconsin border. Currently they are celebrating their 60th year and have teamed up with a Lipizzan group from Chile. The combination of dedicated riders with these highly trained Lipizzans make for a wonderful show for all ages.
Written July 9, 2018
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Kenosha, WI50 contributions
So disappointed, not handicap accessible
Jul 2018 • Couples
I was so excited to see the Lipizzaner show based on the information on the website. What we experienced was so disappointing. I use an electric wheelchair that gets me most places I want to go. Not so at the Tempel facilities. The handicap seating for viewing the horse arena was a grassy area, very uneven. Should have been a cement area with a ramp for wheelchairs. I looked forward to viewing the horse barn after the show but my wheelchair could not get over the metal door frames. Again, no handicap ramp. The only restrooms are porta pottys which are not wheelchair accessible. The whole experience was not good for someone in a wheelchair.

The show was also disappointing. The narration was recorded and not informative about what moves the horses were making. The narration told what we would see but left us to guess when in the show it happened. The whole show felt very 'canned' and not audience focused. A live announcer would be an improvement.
Written July 1, 2018
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Hello Lauri, We are sorry you had this experience. We do have one ADA rated portable toilet located at the north end of our arenas close to the handicap seating area. All our facilities are portable restrooms. The seating area available to handicap guests is described in length on our website: If you are not happy with the area our ushers will always be willing to move you to an area that accommodates your needs better. Our performances follow the example and style of the Spanish Riding School where each segment is set to music. Our program gives a description of what each segment will demonstrate. For those looking for more details about our training and the individual movements, we invite you to attend one of our Behind-the-Scenes Tours which occur October through May. These tours give a detailed demonstration on the training. We appreciate all your comments and will take them into consideration to help continually improve our facilities. ~The Tempel Lipizzans Management
Written July 3, 2018
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1 contribution
Wonderful horses, tour, and people
Mar 2018 • Friends
We attended the Behind the Scenes tour at Tempel Farm in March. As a lifelong lover of horses, I was very impressed by the atmosphere of the farm, friendly, knowledgeable staff who were happy to share so much information and history with us.
Much laughter and joy. And the stallions were an absolute delight to meet. Watching their interactions with people, including very small children, was amazing. As a person who has worked with horses, and been fortunate to have had some dressage experience, the training demonstration was wonderful to be able to observe and have explained.
We are planning another visit in April with friends and their grandchildren, and hopefully will be able to see a performance this summer. Thank you for a lovely tour, and the good work with horses you do!
Written March 28, 2018
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