Lipizzaner Horses Star in “Protected Horse Breeds” Stamp Series

By 7 November 2018

The Croatian Post has published a special stamp from the “Protected Horse Breeds” series which features the Lipizzaner motif, announced the Croatian Post. The stamp has a nominal value of 15 kuna and will be printed in 30,000 copies. The author of the design is Vladimir Buzolić-Stegu from Zagreb and the stamp was made according to a photograph made by Domagoj Topić, reports on November 7, 2018.

The project was realised in cooperation with the State Stables of Đakovo and Lipik. The Croatian Post will also issue the first day of issue envelope (FDC). The stamp and the envelope can be purchased at the Croatian Post’s internet store at The first-day stamp will be used on 7 and 8 November at the post office in Jurišićeva Street in Zagreb.

The history of the Lipizzaner horse breed began in 1580 at the Lipica stables in Slovenia, at the time the official stables of the Austrian court. The Lipizzaner is a strong horse suitable for riding, with height up to 160 cm, characterized by good temperament. Its walk is graceful and high. They mostly have white hair, but some have brown and black hair. Interesting, they are never born white, but they become white as they get older.

Today, there are eight male and 65 female lines of the Lipizzaner. The male lines are Conversano, Favory, Maestoso, Neapolitan, Pluto, Siglavy, Tulipan and Incitato.

The breeding of the Lipizzaner in Croatia is linked to the state stables in Đakovo and Lipik, which make up the core of the breeding efforts, as well as to Slavonia, where the private breeding is part of the village life and folk customs, with numerous public events and sporting competitions in driving and riding.

Because of this, the Ministry of Culture issued a proclamation in 2017 making the tradition of the Lipizzaner breeding in Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem part of the intangible cultural heritage of Croatia and registering it in the Register of Cultural Property of the Republic of Croatia – The List of Protected Cultural Goods.

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