Lipizzan Stallions Return to Cape Cod

August 3rd, 4th, 5th at Upper Cape Tech
(Nicky Essex courtesy photo)

Bourne, MA – Join the Rotary Club of Bourne–Sandwich August 3rd, 4th, and 5th as they present "Airs Above the Ground" with Herrmann’s Original Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria. Advance ticket sales are available online at and are $17 for adults and $14 for children under 12.

“The Lipizzan Stallions have become a tradition for thousands of visitors during our 30-year partnership with the Herrmann family”, said David J. Sampson, longtime coordinator of the event.  Sampson continued, “The opportunity to view the stallions at close range, speak with the trainers, and visit the stables creates an unmatched personal connection for spectators”.  Gabriella Herrmann, the matriarch of the historic family added, “Cape Cod is among our favorite destinations.  Educating our guests about the history of our stallions while demonstrating their capabilities is rewarding for our trainers and our horses.”  Herrmann’s father, the late Col. Ottomar Herrmann first partnered with the Rotary Club to bring the stallions to Cape Cod in 1988.  Col. Herrmann assisted with the rescue of the stallions during World War II alongside Gen. George Patton as recounted in the Disney movie Miracle of the White Stallions.

The “Airs Above the Ground” performances are focused on precision as the stallions offer a variety of difficult maneuvers and refined leaps.  These originally defensive moves include the Levade, where the horse rises on his haunches from a standstill position and tucks his fore legs under him as he maintains a 45 degree angle; the Courbette, where the horse does several jumps on his hind legs while holding his fore legs off the ground; and the Capriole, where the horse leaps from all four feet and, at the peak of elevation strikes out violently with his hind legs.

“Airs Above the Ground” performances are 90 minutes long and will take place at 5PM Friday, August 3rd, and at 2PM on Saturday, August 4th, and Sunday, August 5th.  They will be held at the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, 220 Sandwich Rd, Bourne, MA. Concessions and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

All proceeds support the stallions and the Good Works fund of the Rotary Club of Bourne-Sandwich. The club supports community-oriented non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to high school students and supports a variety of local and international charitable causes.

Advance tickets are recommended.  Free parking is available and the venue is handicap accessible.  More information is available by calling 508-776-8565. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on