Alois Podhajsky

Alois Podhajsky ( born February 14, 1898 in Mostar, † May 23, 1973 in Vienna) was a rider and officer in the Austrian army and head of the Spanish Riding School.

His first riding lessons received Podhajsky at the age of twelve years. Later he was an officer in an infantry regiment. After initial participation in jumping competitions and dressage first success, he was transferred to the cavalry. He received his education at the Military Riding and Driving Instructors Institute castle courtyard. During a two-year Abkommandierung ( 1933-34 ) at the Spanish Riding School, he was there by Wenzel Zrust, Gottlieb Polak and Ernst Lindenbauer taught. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, he reached with the stallion Nero, a bronze medal in dressage.

To March 1, 1939 Podhajsky was appointed commander of the Spanish Riding School, which he headed until 1964 and to its continued survival and fate, he played a key role. He achieved a return appointment in Spanish Riding School, led a summer stay at the Hermes Villa in Lainz garden for the Lipizzan one, the number of horses of 30 increased to 70, procured material and chandeliers for the hippodrome, which are still in use, and led the change leads à tempo at the Spanish Riding School in. In February and March 1945, he evacuated the Lipizzaner horses of Vienna. A return of the riding school in the ancestral building in Vienna, however, only in 1955 was possible.

Since 1949, foreign tours organized Podhajsky of the Spanish Riding School, which increased its visibility. In 1963 he stood in for the film The Miracle of the White Stallions ( Original: Miracle of the White Stallions ) Robert Taylor, who played Alois Podhajsky.

Even after his retirement Podhajsky continued to contribute more as a riding instructor and author of numerous books on the subject of riding.

His honorary devoted grave is located in Vienna's Central Cemetery (Group 40, Number 33).


  • The art of classical riding, Rowohlt, Reinbek, 1980, ISBN 3- 499-17037 -X
  • Small equestrianism, Nymphenburg Verlagshandlung, Munich 1974, ISBN 3-485-01708-6
  • Riding and straightening, Nymphenburg Verlagshandlung, Munich 1973, ISBN 3-485-01718-3
  • The Riding Instructor
  • The Big Book of Spanish Riding School, Nymphenburg Verlagshandlung, Munich 1978, ISBN 3-485-01770-1