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dutchmike
Jan. 10, 2008, 10:51 PM
It would be a tremendous shame if this would happen and a huge Cultural loss

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/business/news/article_1385922.php/Bankruptcy_fears_at_Viennas_Spanish_Riding_School


:cry::cry::no::no:

redhorse5
Jan. 10, 2008, 11:09 PM
Bosendorfer, the famous Austrian piano firm was in such bad shape that is was (just this past month) sold to Yamaha of Japan. I'm not surprised that the SRS is having financial trouble as well. Tradition costs lots and with the Euro where it is against the dollar tourism is down. Hopefully the new management will be able to salvage it.

Threedaydream
Jan. 10, 2008, 11:10 PM
That is so sad! :no: I hope the government or something helps them out, it's certainly a huge piece of history and heritage for the country.

ESG
Jan. 10, 2008, 11:31 PM
"Animal cruelty" charges, because they now have to perform an average of 2 times per week, instead of 1? Bet the average Austrian has to work a bit more than that, and for a lot less than 10K Euros monthly. Sheesh. :no:

freestyle2music
Jan. 11, 2008, 09:29 AM
As stated before http://www.chronicleforums.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=128188 the problem started when the Austrian government told the SRS that they have to become self-supporting. But believe me Frau Elisabeth Guertler managed to get the famous Sacher Hotel in Vienna and Salzburg back on the road again.

She'll manage, but you probably don't see them that often anymore in the USA, because of the travelling expenses together with the low dollar.

Kathy Johnson
Jan. 11, 2008, 09:30 AM
They must not be charging enough for performances (although it does sound like they were top-heavy, paying too many administrators).

Jeannette, formerly ponygyrl
Jan. 11, 2008, 09:37 AM
US tour cancelled!

I hope financial changes are made carefully, so top riders can afford to stay and invaluable tradition can continue...

LexInVA
Jan. 11, 2008, 09:39 AM
US tour cancelled!

I hope financial changes are made carefully, so top riders can afford to stay and invaluable tradition can continue...

I had tickets for one of the local venues. I was grumpy as hell! :mad:

ideayoda
Jan. 11, 2008, 12:08 PM
The srs was coming to the WEST COAST 2008, but the tour was canceled also because of outbreaks of CEM.

A 'local' venue is not the SRS, but the white stallion based in Fl....they are still about.

Mozart
Jan. 11, 2008, 01:14 PM
Well, they now have a competent woman in charge of those boys. She'll get things in shape :winkgrin:

Thomas_1
Jan. 11, 2008, 01:22 PM
How the heck can they be in financial difficulty?

Its virtually impossible to get a ticket and its always full! Performance tickets are a minimum of £90 ($180) and the merchandise is pretty expensive and very marketable.

ideayoda
Jan. 11, 2008, 01:54 PM
THey are not just having the buidling and the stallions, but the breeding operation at well, and if 17 people are getting almost 200k$ a year...thats alot. Remember that the performances are not daily (schooling is). I do think many would pay to sit and watch ('mere') schooling. Are they better off at home, then on tour, probably. But if they are actively breed, that causes problems as well.

LD1129
Jan. 11, 2008, 02:14 PM
I hope they pull out of the red and stay in business! They really are amazing horses and so fun to watch although I have not seen them in years.

Thomas_1
Jan. 11, 2008, 05:33 PM
The schooling sessions are also ordinarily fully attended and they cost £30 ($60) per person.

Paragon
Jan. 11, 2008, 06:04 PM
The schooling sessions are also ordinarily fully attended and they cost £30 ($60) per person.

Shoot, I paid to tour the stud at Piber and see two men independently schooling young stallions WTC. Fascinating, yet obviously uneventful. I think it was 18 Euros to get in, and there were tons of people there. The whole of the SRS and breeding programs are certainly lucrative, and I can't imagine the sort of overhead that would eat up all that income.

Then again, we are talking horses, aren't we?

meupatdoes
Jan. 11, 2008, 06:16 PM
I don't know what they are talking about that she was formerly at the helm of the Sacher Hotel; I was there over Christmas and she was there in the Cafe noticing that the napkins were slightly crooked and one of the display cakes hadn't been presented correctly. It is a family owned hotel and no way no how is she not prominently at its helm.

If anyone can fix the SRS, she can. (I thought the display cake looked just fine, but then again I was further away than she was and am not so up on my lore of cake display.)

Thomas_1
Jan. 11, 2008, 06:34 PM
:lol: Well the cakes are fantastic so there you go then.

goeslikestink
Jan. 11, 2008, 07:05 PM
:lol: Well the cakes are fantastic so there you go then.

typical man always belly thinks belly 1st - haha

i have never seen them something i would like to - but there you go

Thomas_1
Jan. 11, 2008, 07:18 PM
I think we've probably still got one in the freezer. Have you every carried a Sacher Torte through airport security :no:

merrygoround
Jan. 11, 2008, 07:34 PM
I think we've probably still got one in the freezer. Have you every carried a Sacher Torte through airport security :no:

No but I'd be deighted to try. Will you lend me yours? (Don't they have an icon licking its lips?) :) :)

meupatdoes
Jan. 12, 2008, 01:44 AM
They give out mini Sacher tortes when you are done staying there and mine went through airport security with no problem. I figured it was not a gel or a liquid and did not declare it.

YankeeLawyer
Jan. 12, 2008, 05:55 AM
I think we've probably still got one in the freezer. Have you every carried a Sacher Torte through airport security :no:

No, but frankly if I had one of those in my paws it wouldn't last long enough to go through security. Yum!