1526 – The Battle of Mohács
It is the Battle in which the Hungarian and Croatian armies were conquered, King Louis II of Hungary perished and bishop Đuro was defeated with 300 horsemen. This battle is considered to be the beginning of Turkish reign in this area.
1706 – The Retreat of the Turks:
Bishop Đuro Patačić renovated the stud farm and purchased 18 Arab mares and 8 stallions in Istanbul.
1719 Bishop Petar Bakić
1719 – Bishop Petar Bakić
Bishop Petar Bakić purchased 30 Arab horses in exchange for 17.263 hectares of oak woods. At that time, the stud farm boasted 375 horses.
1806 – The Beginning of Breeding Lipizzan Horses in Đakovo
The same year that the Stud Farm Lipica fled the attack of Napoleon’s army and found shelter in the bishop’s stables in Vitika where there would stay for more than a year. With the departure of Stud Farm Lipica, three stud stallions were introduced to domestic breeding of the Lipizzan breed.
In the middle of the 19th century, during the period of bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, the breeding of solely Lipizzan horses began.
1854 – The Beginning of Breeding Lipizanners solely
J.J. Strossmayer purchased seven Lipizzan mares and one stallion at the Stud Farm Lipica for the Stud Farm Đakovo. The mares were Contesa, Sfinga, Tapia, Alka, Romana, Austrija i Sorta and the stallion was Favory Calma. These mares represent the original ancestors from which the Đakovo Families of Lipizzan mares descended.
1864 – The First Business Expo in Zagreb
An Arab stallion was awarded the first place.
1866 – The Business Expo in Vienna
A Lipizzan stallion was awarded the first place.
1891 – Exhibition in Zagreb
An exposition where the Đakovo Lipizzaners were exhibited.
1900 – the Stud Farm Đakovo has 288 horses
In the period between the two world wars, the stud farm had approximately 80 Lipizzaner mares. Stallions for the stallion stud farm Kutjevo were taken from Đakovo and vice versa.
1912 – Ivandvor
Bishop Ivan Krapac built stables for horses and apartments for the employees at the Ivandvor stud farm.
1943 – the Stud Farm Đakovo consists of 83 Lipizzan mares
A large number of horses perished in the war.
1947 – Ivandvor
On January 7th 1947, the Local Stallion Stud Farm Đakovo was established and it was given the premises of the diocese.
In the period up to the 1960s, associations of Lipizzaner breeding were founded in the region of Slavonia.
1960 – the Stud Farm Đakovo took over the disassembled Kutjevo and Lipik Stud Farms
1972 – The Visit of the British Queen, Elizabeth II
The graceful and elegant performance of the Đakovo four-horse carriage with astounding Lipizzaners at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Munich impressed Queen Elizabeth II so much that the entire Royal Family visited the Đakovo Stud Farm, Stallion station and Ivandvor to grant her wish on October 20th 1972 during the five-day visit to what was then Yugoslavia. During her visit from 17th – 21st October, the Queen visited Zagreb, Dubrovnik, the Islands of Brijuni and Belgrade. The Queen was escorted by her husband Prince Philipe and her daughter, Princess Anne.
During her stay, she visited both locations, Stallion station in the centre of town and Ivandvor, and she was escorted in a four-Lipizzaner carriage.
The entire region of Slavonia celebrated the arrival of the British Queen and the Đakovo Stud Farm thus received an important recognition written in golden letters.
2016 – The Visit of the Duchess of Cornwall – Camilla
The Stud Farm Đakovo hosted the British Royal Family for the second time on March 15th 2016. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. She also visited both locations, Ivandvor and Stallion station to finish her visit by attending a horse show in her honour in the newly built riding hall.
Her arrival also filled the citizens of Đakovo and the stud farm hosts with enthusiasm, while Lipizzan horses and their rich history thrilled Duchess Camilla.