Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The regal horses leap into Honolulu starting Thursday.

Lipizzaners will
ride into Blaisdell

The stallions open an eight-day run
Thursday, going through Sept. 12

The Blaisdell Arena will open its doors to a major animal show for the first time in a decade with a special eight-day run of the Lipizzaner Stallions, starting Thursday and running through Sept. 12.

Considered the aristocrats of the horse world, the world-famous stallions trace their lineage through the Spanish and Arabian stallions of Andalucia and the Sahara, past their distant ancestors from the Orient that bore Ghengis Khan to Carthage 2,000 years ago.

Saved from extinction by Gen. George S. Patton in World War II, the Lipizzaners have survived to preserve the nobility of the equestrian world.

These rare-breed horses will give intricate presentations on the ground and jumping to demonstrate the history, training and relationship of horse and rider.

A feature on the stallions will run in Friday's Weekend section.

Show times this week are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, with additional 2:30 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $19.50, $24.50 and $35, with $2 discounts for children 12 and younger and those 60 and older. Discounts of $5 are also available for groups of 15 or more.

Tickets are available at the arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, including Times Supermarkets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 877-750-4400.

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