Stallion Parades at the Moritzburg State Stud
Stallion Parades at the Moritzburg State Stud The annual Moritzburg Stallion Parades, attracting approximately 21,000 visitors per year, take place at three consecutive weekends in September and are not only addressed to an expert audience. The first stallion parade was held in 1924, created by Saxon Stable Master Ernst August von der Wense. Then and now, these parades have been presented in the large stallion parade arena, surrounded by grand stands for more than 5,449 people. All stallions are shown in a varied programme, offering relevant information for breeders and entertaining and relaxing, temperamental and historic impressions for laypeople.
These parades – from their traditional opening with fanfare marching band and timpanist on horseback, the presentation of three-year-old stallions, heavy warm-blooded horses harnessed variously with up to twelve horses in front of one carriage, the presentation of historic events, the jumping test for stallions, the free-roaming Haflinger stallions, reckless riding Cossacks, the enormous dressage quadrille with 25 warm-blooded stallions to the final stage coach with 16 horses in front – are the most important public events organised by the Saxon State Stud Administration.
Over four hours, including one intermission, the basic patterns of the programming, having been fixed for decades, contribute to the increasing popularity of these events. The stallion parades are not only entertaining, they are aiming at training the stallions after they have come back from the covering stations, and thus, maintaining their health.
The impressive numbers of visitors to these parades show that horses are increasingly popular and that the local people have strong ties to the State Stud.
Saturday, 7th September
Sunday, 15th September
Saturday, 21th September
Beginning: 13.00 a.m.
End: approx. 17.15 a.m.
It is possible to visit the state stud at the day of the event from 09:00 until 11:00 a.m.