Lipizzaner Horse Breeding became part of Intangible Cultural Heritage 

The Tradition of Lipizzaner Horse Breeding has been placed on the UNESCO representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – announced by István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture.

The seventeenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will be held this year in Rabat, Morocco, from November 28 to December 3. The representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is used to collect community knowledge transmitted from generation to generation, based on the dissemination of each country.

Among the successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Lipizzaner horse breeding tradition was jointly submitted to UNESCO by eight countries, including Hungary. A submission embracing a particular horse breed and its breeding traditions was listed for the first time. The Evaluation Body expressed its appreciation for the exemplary nomination, which certifies to the close collaboration between the submitting countries, in accordance with the principles of international cooperation and the promotion of mutual understanding of the Convention.

The Minister of Agriculture emphasized we can be proud of the Lipizzaner breed, one of the world’s oldest horse breeds, which justifies its position in the equestrian life of the 21st century with its captivating appearance, intelligence, working skills, performance and this time with the recognition of the UNESCO. Hungary also stands out among the submitting countries with the international results of carriage driving with Lipizzaner horses – the Minister added.

At the meeting, Hungary was represented by Eszter Csonka-Takács, Head of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Department at the Hungarian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum, Gabriella Horváth, first diplomat of the Hungarian Embassy in Rabat, and Dávid Cseri, director of the State Stud Farm in Szilvásvárad.