The White Horses

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The White Horses
Written byHanns Wiedmann, Vladimir Carin, Gitta von Cetto [de]
Directed byHanns Wiedmann
StarringHelga Anders: Julia
Helmuth Schneider: Dimitri
Franz Muxeneder: Hugo
Opening themeIvo Robić instrumental version
ComposerBojan Adamič
Country of originWest Germany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
ProducersHirschfilm, München
Triglav Film, Ljubljana
CinematographyGünter Senftleben, Manfred Ensinger, Ivan Belec
Running time25
Original release12 September 1966 (1966-09-12) –
27 February 1967 (1967-02-27)

The White Horses is a 1965 television series co-produced by RTV Ljubljana (now RTV Slovenija) of Yugoslavia[1] and German TV (Südwestfunk).


The story follows the adventures of a teenage girl Julia (Helga Anders) who leaves Belgrade to spend a holiday on a stud farm run by her Uncle Dimitri (Helmuth Schneider), where with the help of head groom Hugo (Franz Muxeneder), white Lipizzaner horses are raised.

In the first episode, stallion Boris is stolen by Romani people who dye his white coat brown so that no one will recognise him. Julia and Hugo set off to find Boris and upon his recovery an affinity is formed between girl and horse.


The series, called Počitnice v Lipici in Slovenian and Ferien in Lipizza ("Holidays in Lipica") in German, comprised thirteen 25-minute black and white episodes.

A dubbed version was broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1968, and repeated for many years afterwards, the last showing taking place early in January 1978. The dubbed soundtracks were long thought lost, but audio tapes of twelve of the thirteen episodes have been located.[2]

Theme song[edit]

The theme song to the German version was played by Ivo Robić.

The UK theme song - written by Michael Carr and Ben Nisbet and later back dubbed onto all versions, was simply titled "White Horses", and credited to "Jacky" - was sung by Irish-born Jackie Lee. It became a top 10 hit in the UK charts in April 1968. The book The Penguin Television Companion claimed it to be the best television theme in history.[3] It has been copied and used many times since, including:


  1. ^ Liška, Miklavž ed. (1988). RTV Ljubljana. Ljubljana: Radiotelevision Ljubljana. p. 33. {{cite book}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "DVD Of The White Horses 12 Episodes Now In English". The White Horses 12 Episodes Now In English. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Cult show tops TV themes". British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 September 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 17/08/1983 Trixie's Big Red Motor Bike". BBC. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  5. ^ Banks, Morwenna. "White Horses". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Pop Deluxe - Mari Wilson | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-16.

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