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Rebecca McCullough and Zak, a Royal Lipizzan stallion, put their best foot forward as they try to keep the ranch alive in Myakka City.

Royal Lipizzans still showing off in Myakka City

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough and Zak, a Royal Lipizzan stallion, put their best foot forward as they try to keep the ranch alive in Myakka City.

Sydney McCullough, 13, has started learning more difficult maneuvers with stallions such as Achilles. Her mom, Rebecca, supervises.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Sydney McCullough, 13, has started learning more difficult maneuvers with stallions such as Achilles. Her mom, Rebecca, supervises.

Zak kicks up a little dirt as Rebecca McCullough works him in preparation for this week's shows.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Zak kicks up a little dirt as Rebecca McCullough works him in preparation for this week's shows.

Rebecca McCullough says it has been overwhelming to keep Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan stallions going after the death of family matriarch Gabby Herrmann last March.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough says it has been overwhelming to keep Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan stallions going after the death of family matriarch Gabby Herrmann last March.

Anyone who tries to run a ranch keeping the Royal Lipizzan breed alive enters at their own risk.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Anyone who tries to run a ranch keeping the Royal Lipizzan breed alive enters at their own risk.

Sydney McCullough says she hopes to run the ranch one day and she is considering a career as a veterinarian to help keep down costs.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Sydney McCullough says she hopes to run the ranch one day and she is considering a career as a veterinarian to help keep down costs.

Barn work isn't Sydney McCullough's favorite part of her tasks on the ranch, but she has had to "up her game" since the death of her grandmother, Gabby Herrmann.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Barn work isn't Sydney McCullough's favorite part of her tasks on the ranch, but she has had to "up her game" since the death of her grandmother, Gabby Herrmann.

Antares, a Royal Lipizzan stallion, keeps a close eye on everything that goes on in the barn.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Antares, a Royal Lipizzan stallion, keeps a close eye on everything that goes on in the barn.

Achilles demonstrates the Royal Lizizzan Stallions' amazing athleticism. Many of them don't begin performing "above the ground" until their mid-to-late teens.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Achilles demonstrates the Royal Lizizzan Stallions' amazing athleticism. Many of them don't begin performing "above the ground" until their mid-to-late teens.

Rebecca McCullough has been concentrating on physical improvements to the ranch, which includes the interior barn area.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough has been concentrating on physical improvements to the ranch, which includes the interior barn area.

Angela West is a new rider at Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Angela West is a new rider at Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions.

Rebecca McCullough is starting an "adopt a stallion" program where a person can spend "all the time they want" walking and grooming a Royal Lipizzan Stallion for $200 a month. Only one person is allowed to "adopt" each stallion.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough is starting an "adopt a stallion" program where a person can spend "all the time they want" walking and grooming a Royal Lipizzan Stallion for $200 a month. Only one person is allowed to "adopt" each stallion.

Rebecca McCullough rides 6-year-old Jagger, who she says has lots of moves like Mick Jagger.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough rides 6-year-old Jagger, who she says has lots of moves like Mick Jagger.

Rebecca McCullough is contemplating a move to a turf arena as opposed to the current dusty dirt bottom.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Rebecca McCullough is contemplating a move to a turf arena as opposed to the current dusty dirt bottom.

Jagger and Rebecca McCullough take a break during a practice session in the area. The shows are every Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. and every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

Jagger and Rebecca McCullough take a break during a practice session in the area. The shows are every Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. and every Saturday at 10 a.m.

In order to generate funds, Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan stallions will begin offering general horsemanship riding lessons.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 |

In order to generate funds, Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan stallions will begin offering general horsemanship riding lessons.

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