Kelsey Massie-DeVito, riding, and Rebecca McCullough work with a Lipizzan stallion at Hearts & Horses Farm in Buxton on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

The Lipizzan stallions, a rare breed of started in Austria in the 16th century, were trained to kick and leap into the air to combat foot soldiers.

Under the direction of Gabriella Herrmann, the Royal Lippizzan Stallions will perform at Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Part of the proceeds will benefit the riding center.

Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer