This is Colonel Alois Podhajsky, Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from 1939 through With the help of General George Patton and the US Army, he saved the world's oldest classical riding school and its famous horses from destruction in WWII.
Horse mane braiding is a technique that dates back hundreds of years. There are many different styles of braids and they're all gorgeous. These horses look even more magnificent with their braided manes.
Historically dressed riders give performances set to classical music. The all white Lipizzaner stallions perform elegant routines requiring precise training. Even if you dont love horses this is a must see in Vienna!