Lipizzaners in the heart of London

To help celebrate the UK tour of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the fantastic white horses were asked to appear live on the BBC’s One Show this month. With only two days’ notice the team at Martin Collins had to get a mini riding arena of the highest calibre laid out in front of BBC Broadcasting House in the heart of London.white horseMartin Collins is the official surface choice for the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, supplying surfaces for their arenas in Austria as well as for their UK tour. So when the SRS were asked to perform for the BBC’s One Show outside BBC Broadcasting House in the heart of London, it took a military style operation to ensure that these magnificent white dancing horses could perform.White horse
With only twelve hours to go until the live broadcast to over 4 million people, the team from Martin Collins arrived at the top of London’s Regent Street at 7am. They were tasked with installing a small riding arena on the Piazza right outside Broadcasting House. The obvious problems such as traffic and being in the centre of London were challenging enough, but they were faced with creating this arena in a very small confined area that also had a weight restriction. They could not drive the huge trucks delivering the surface onto the actual Piazza so the two lorries had to tip the 40 tonnes of surface at the entrance.BBC white horseThe horses gave the gathered audience a real treat as they carried out two rehearsals during the afternoon performing their world famous “airs above the ground” movements.
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna are performing at the SSE Arena, Wembley from the 11 – 13th November and at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 18-20th November 2016.


  1. October 24, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    How beautiful. Such amazing horses and such skilled riding and partnership between horse and human!

    • Equestrian Lifestyle
      November 5, 2016 / 10:54 am

      Indeed! Pure horsemanship as it should be 🙂 Wish you a lovely day x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *