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[HFL]: So did you find it very different teaching in the States?
[Anja Beran]: Since November I just have horses here to work….I think we have 45 here. And I work with a very big circus here. I have worked with them for 20 years and they always winter in Munich. So from November to the end of March we have a little work also.
[HFL]: I didn’t know you work with the circus, Anja.
[Anja Beran]: Yes, for more than 20 years. We train the high school horses. And it’s very nice to work with them because they bring the horses here when they’re three years old and they stay eight to ten years with us [before] the tour. So they start showing when they’re twelve or thirteen years old.
[HFL]: Isn’t that wonderful that they put that kind of investment into the horses?!
[Anja Beran]: Yes, and it’s really good because they have Lipizzaner horses from us that are now twenty-three and twenty-four. They work every day in the show, two times a day and they are very healthy in every single case, no leg problems. So you see, if you give them about ten years of training, they really can work very, very long.
[HFL]: That is excellent. So do they have any other breeds that they use from you or is it just the Lipizzaner?
[Anja Beran]: Lipizzaners for high school and at the moment they have one Friesian and one Spanish. And for horses that work free with groups of 10 or 12 together, they use mostly Arabs. And they have English also.
[HFL]: And these are all horses that you train?
[Anja Beran]: No, horses that work at freedom, they train themselves. That would be too much, to work with them all.
[Editor’s Note: Horses are the special pride of Circus Krone. Over 60 stallions number among the Krone-Marstall inhabitants. There are mainly three large groups of color breeds and horse breeds at home: Arabians, Palominos and Friesians. But also Lipizzaner, Andalusian, Lusitano, Tersker or Carthusian belong to the large Circus Krone assemblage.
With 250 animals to take care of, they place the animals first as their priority. There is a caretaker for every four horses. Everywhere they go, outside paddocks are set up for the elephants, tigers, lions and horses. Huge mobile tent barns and spacious stalls ensure that all of the animals get the best of care. Even pools for the tigers to cool off in are provided while on tour.
Even their retirement is provided for. Carl Krone bought 12 hectares of land near München in 1938 which provides for the senior horses.]
[HFL]: I had no idea that you did this.
[Anja Beran]: I just started three Friesians for them. They arrived from the breeder as three year-olds and nobody has touched them. And we just start to
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