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Horses have always played a major role in the history of Stanglwirt. Today, the guests of the biohotel are fascinated by the precious Lipizzaner horses.
For a long time Stanglwirt has been a popular address for holidaymakers with high quality standards. But when Balthasar Hauser started bidding for the “million-stallion” Pluto Verona at the Austrian TV charity gala “Licht ins Dunkel” and continued to bid until he could take the noble Lipizzaner horse with fiery eyes to Tyrol, the biohotel in Tyrol became the talk of the entire country.
But the sensational purchase of this horse was just the beginning. Pluto Verona has become the progenitor of one of the few private Lipizzaner studs in Austria, which currently consists of 20 horses and attracts aficionados from around the world. More perfectly trained, warm-blooded horses were added to the stud, as well as horses from guests, who take dressage and show jumping courses at Stanglwirt.
Those who do not want to ride can watch the noble spectacle comfortably from the “Auf der Tenne” bar. Its huge picture windows provide a perfect view of the square where the horses are trained. Like everything else at Stanglwirt, the stud has a deeper meaning than being just another attraction for guests.
Balthasar Hauser explains: “Horses have always played a major role in the history of Stanglwirt.”
At the turn of the 17th and the 18th century they even played a decisive role. Christian Stangl was the host of Stanglwirt at that time and he built a garage for carts.
This was a smart move: not only did it initiate an economic revival, it was also the reason why he got his much sought after full gastronomic license, despite the opposition of his competitors. It also helped that the inclination of important connecting roads started right at Stangl wirt. It is no wonder that the carters chose the inn to fortify themselves with food and drink for the journey and change their horses.
Today, horses are neither used for transportation nor for farming, therefore Stanglwirt now provides the perfect environment for horseback riding. And because white is Balthasar Hauser’s favourite colour, the breeding of the noble Lipizzaner horses was the obvious choice.