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Monday, December 12, 2005

Don't Say Good-Bye, Just Say, "Auf Wiedersehen"

Yes, that's the name of the corny song that Eddie Albert croons (or lip-syncs) early in the Disney movie, "Miracle of the White Stallions" as some of the SRS riders are sent off to the front to fight the advancing Russians, while the rest caper off to St. Martin im Innkreis to hide until the Americans arrive.

In a few hours, the 30 stallions of the Spanish Riding School will be loaded into two KLM jets and flown back to Amsterdam; they will travel by van from there back to Vienna.

But this blog isn't done yet. There are a few stories that still are not finished, as they were waiting for review or approval, and there may still be news from Vienna or photos from Houston that I can post.

And the tour really isn't over until they are back in the Stallburg, safe and sound. Perhaps we will have news from the SRS head office about the tour.

I want to thank everyone who has been part of this blog, and especially Cathy Laws and Kate Lindon of

And special thanks to Troy Tinker, the Spanish Riding School's silver-tongued narrator. He is truly the voice of the white stallions. It was (is) so special to have his input on this blog.

Also huge thanks to Gary Lashinsky, producer of the tour, who was so helpful via cell phone and email, and our friends at Lobeline PR and IMG.

Throughout my relationship with the Spanish Riding School, I have been so thrilled at the graciousness and generosity of the riders. They have been kind to me and so patient when my camera batteries were low or I ran out of film (which was often). Best of all, they are real people, at least until they climb into their saddles and become one with the horses. Then, as we have seen, they are no longer mere mortals!

What's your opinion, Lipizzan lovers? Shall I keep this blog alive and add posts as news trickles back to me from Vienna, or maybe start a new one (Lipizzan Lovers Long-Distance?) or what are your thoughts? It is clear to me that there is a great deal of interest in the culture, history, romance, and technique of classical dressage as performed by the Spanish Riding School and I know that there is always something wonderful going on around the palace in Vienna and/or at the stud in Piber.

Or maybe you have ideas about other events or groups that deserve a blog?

Please send me a private email to and let me know your thoughts. Please put "SRS Blog" in the subject line of your email so I will be sure to find it. Please do not post any more comments on the blog's comment system until or unless we decide to continue.

Thanks, everyone!

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