STA, 14 April 2019 - The Lipica stud farm, a major Slovenian tourist attraction which was revamped organisationally last year, has now also embarked on an overhaul of its herd. In line with a plan okayed in March by the government, the farm is to sell 56 of its world-famous white Lipizzan horses this year and give away another 95.
The sale of the horses, a step almost unseen thus far at the world's oldest continuously operating stud farm, comes after Kobilarna Lipica was reincorporated last year as a holding company wholly owned by the state.
The relevant act also envisages an annual plan on the use of what were 406 Lipizzan horses owned by Slovenian state at the end of 2018. The farm was looking after 354 of them as the plan was drawn up in December, while 52 more were being taken care of through contract rearing.
According to the head of horse rearing at the farm Klemen Turk, there is room for 300 to 350 horses at Lipica.
The horses selected to be sold in calls for bids are between five and 20 years old. The asking prices range between EUR 200 and EUR 6,000, which would fetch the farm around EUR 120,000 in additional revenue.
Meanwhile, for the first time ever, 95 Lipizzan horses are also to be given away, 36 of which directly by the farm. Twelve are still young, but are suffering from permanent issues and cannot be used for training or breeding.
Speaking about the rejuvenation plan earlier this week, Turk said that "these are mostly older and injured horses".
"We will make sure that the horses that are given away end up in good hands," added Turk, who was part of a three-member commission in charge of the selection process.
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