The Lipizzan: A Rare Breed
I received your email from the manager of the USLR. I am prducing a show in the coming weeks and am giving a presentation on Lipizzans. I was wondering if you had an accurate number of the worldwide total of Lipizzans?
The last number I have is 3500. Also, do you know what percentage is thought to remain bay or black? I thought it was just 1%. You help would be greatly appreciated, as there will be over 1000 people at this show and I want to be very sure my numbers are accurate.
Director: The Southwest Lipizzan Association
Dear Mrs. Dabbs,
The official number of purebred Lipizzans in the world is hard to give.
It is very suprisingly where Lipizzans show up in the world !! However, according to the official figures, which the LIF counted a few years ago, there are about 4,200 purebred Lipizzans around the world.
So, less than 5,000, which is the critical quantity in order to be considered as a rare breed... The number of coloured (i.e. not-grey) is also hard to give. Approximately it will be 10 - 15%. In those countries, in which the Lipizzaner horse used to be used in daily (harness and even agriculture) work, such as Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia, the percentage is higher than in other countries.
With kind regards,
Secretary General LIF