Lipizzaner of the Month
July 2024 - 303 Pluto Plutona-14
Following on from last month's spotlight, LipiData is pleased to introduce another Piber imported stallion, 303 Pluto Plutona-14.

Pluto Plutona was imported by Bent and Marianne Christensen to their Bibaringa Stud located in Canberra, Australia.

By unusual circumstance, the half-brother of this stallion, 384 Pluto Nima-12, was imported into Australia as well, both horses being imported by two separate buyers, each unaware the other was importing a half-sibling.

Pluto Plutona left nine purebred progeny, being crossed each time over imported Szilvásvárad mares. This crossing of classical blood over Hungarian blood is arguably what set the direction for Australia's Lipizzaner breeding over 40 years later.

This stallion, much like Siglavy Flora of last month's spotlight, is found commonly in Australian pedigrees, but isn't as commonly mentioned when discussing pedigrees in the country, perhaps because Siglavy Flora has a more illustrious story behind him.

Pluto Plutona is more remembered for his untimely death. He was rumoured to have died of a broken heart after his owner also passed early.

To follow Pluto Plutona's line down through the generations and see the impact he made of Australian Lipizzaner breeding, click on his LipiData page.
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303 Pluto Plutona-14 - sired by 303 Pluto IX Basilica. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia.

303 Pluto Plutona-14 - sired by 303 Pluto IX Basilica. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia.


384 Pluto Nima-12 - sired by 303 Pluto IX Basilica. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Association of Australasia.

70 Ludo - sired by 303 Pluto Plutona-14. Photo courtesy of Louise Krutzler


70 Ludo - sired by 303 Pluto Plutona-14. Photo courtesy of Louise Krutzler

232 Favory Fecske II - grandson of 303 Pluto Plutona-14. Photo courtesy of Inquisitive Images/Nikki Harding

June 2024 - 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75
Siglavy Flora, "Ben", was born at Piber in 1962 and imported into Australia about 10 years later by Geoff Adcock. Ben holds the title of being the first Lipizzaner stallion imported into Australia.

"Ben" was selected for the Spanish Riding School and was the mount of Colonel Hans Handler, who also trained "Ben"'s sire, 196 Siglavy IV Bona.

Prior to being imported into Australia, "Ben" stood for two seasons at Piber Stud Farm and has left decedents in Europe, Australia, and North America (for instance see Siglavy Superba of Canada). As one of Australia's founding Lipizzaners, "Ben" has left a substantial mark on Australian breeding and can be found today in many Australian pedigrees. Perhaps his most prolific son was the stallion 43 Siglavy Monteaura IV, who was known at times to be a hot and sensitive horse, a trait that has become strongly associated with this Siglavy line.

The Siglavy line name is still being perpetuated in Australia today, at this time by two sons of 270 Siglavy Lili, a grandson of 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75. Find out more about 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75 on his LipiData page.

298 Siglavy Flora 1-75 - photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia

298 Siglavy Flora 1-75 - photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia


298 Siglavy Flora 1-75 - photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia

196 Siglavy IV Bona - sire of 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia


14 Siglavy Trompeta II - sired by 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia

17 Siglavy Monteaura III - sired by 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia


43 Siglavy Monteaura IV - sired by 298 Siglavy Flora 1-75. Photo courtesy of the Lipizzaner Horse Society, South Australia.