The Lipizzan's roots go back to Moorish-occupied Spain when Spanish-bred horses were considered the optimum cavalry mount. In 1562, Maximillian II brought Spanish horses to the Austrian court. His brother Archduke Charles II created another stud at Lipizza by the Adriatic Sea. Lipizzans are best known for their history in dressage, but in North America they are now sometimes seen in jumping classes and at lower-level events. They resemble the very best Spanish horses of Columbus's time.