Tempel Lipizzan Farms a summer treat for families

| July 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Tempel Lipizzan StallionsThere are many wonderful local attractions that make a Chicago summer special. A visit to the Tempel Lipizzan Farms should be on your list. Lipizzans are the beautiful white horses capable of seemingly gravity-defying leaps. These rare Lipizzan horses are bred, trained and perform in Chicago’s northern suburbs at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL.

Set to classical music, the “Ballet of the White Stallions” showcases the Lipizzans’ training from “the basic movements of the youngest stallions, through “high school” dressage – rhythmic, choreographed dance steps on the ground – and the dramatic Pegasus-like “Airs Above the Ground” for which the breed is famed. Lipizzans are one of very few breeds that possess the combination of physical power, athleticism and suppleness to perform these airborne moves.”

Lipizzans are an early breed established in Europe centuries ago for medieval battle maneuvers for royal armies. Their graceful moves were refined to a form of entertainment during the late Renaissance in the royal courts of Europe. Today, at Tempel Farms in Chicago’s far north suburbs, the dancing stallions entertain and delight families.

In addition to the formal performance, families are invited to take a self-guided tour through the stallion stable, visit the yearlings in the pasture, and ask questions of Tempel Lipizzan rider-trainers. This is something that will delight your kids from toddlers to teens. Everyone seems mesmerized around horses and this is a very special chance to get close to these lovely animals. For those seeking a full-day experience, Tempel Farms’ outdoor café opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on performance Sundays and Wednesdays, and at 4:30 p.m. on performance Saturdays for dinner and drinks.

If you’re not familiar with Old Mills, Tempel Farms is located in northern Lake County, Ill., a 50-minute drive from Chicago or Milwaukee, near Great America.  Saturday evening performances are scheduled for July 19, August 16 and September 13. Matinee shows will be held on July 13, July 23, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 6, Aug. 10, Aug. 20, Aug. 24, Sep. 3 and Sep. 7. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for adults, $20 for active military and veterans, and $15 for children under the age of 15. Tickets purchased at the gate are $30 for adults and $20 for children and active military/veterans.

In case of inclement weather, performances are held indoors.  Parking is free. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit www.tempelfarms.com or call 1 (847) 623-7272.

 

Shari writes about life with her horse-crazy twin daughters at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of Tempel Farms.

 

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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