This week, in our section “Curious news from the world”, we want to tell you about a very entertaining documentary that tells about what in Finland has become a real sport: the races with wooden horses.

Yes, it’s said Hobbyhorse Revolution , a docufilm (here the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flTg90kCv_8 ) that presents the world of these races and the fans, but also the difficulties that they face in front of those who teases them, claiming that the sport they love “is the most stupid thing in the world”, which would push many of the 10,000 fans estimated in Finland not to advertise their passion too much.

The feature film tells how girls (this is a purely feminine sport) train for many hours a week, face national competitions where posture, walking is judged and of course the jumps.

As you can see from the images, the athletes use a wooden horse, exactly the ones with which the children play, with the plush head and the body consisting of a wooden handle. / p>

This particular sport has had a certain following in Finland for about a decade, but it has only been international for a few months, after the director Selma Vilhunen has discovered the existence of this sport and decided to dedicate a short film, entitled “ Hobbyhorsing Revolution “, which also has its own Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/hobbyhorserevolution /


In the section dedicated to curiosity, today we want to talk about the controversial fair in Skaryszew, in Poland, the largest horse market in Europe.

For three centuries, every first Monday of Lent, breeders, traders and butchers from all over Europe, especially from Italy, come to this town for a historic feast in which one of the most contested markets is placed by the movements in defense of the animals.

In fact, today only the date and place remain of tradition: among the rivers of vodka, folk music and food binges there is no mention of the mistreatment under the eyes of all towards these animals destined for export to other European countries, where they will be then slaughtered.

Often coming from rural areas where they are no longer needed, horses are sold at affordable prices. And what once was the pride of Poland, that is respect for these beautiful and proud animals, today is measured in one to one kilo.

In the middle there is a privilege granted to the merchants of the city by the Polish king, in 1633. The Tara Foundation describes the event as follows: “ we eat stews with sauerkraut, sausages, lard, lard for people to eat everything with taste. The fat drips on the minds of the traders, a sea of ​​vodka is drunk, all accompanied by the rhythms of folk music. Here is Lent in Poland, the most Catholic country in the world “.

In recent years, it seems that abuses and ill-treatment have significantly decreased, we hope that respect for these wonderful animals is at the base of the entire process of sales and trade.


Today, in our “Curiosities of the Month” section we will talk about the Spanish Riding School in Vienna , a real equine university.

Founded during the Austrian Empire in 1572, it is the oldest of its kind. The reference to Spain derives from Andalusian stallions, among the founders of the prestigious Lipizzaner breed , the only one that has always been admitted to the school. Lipizzans are animals with an exceptional memory and even if very hot, they are docile and easy to train, ideal for learning how to make even the most acrobatic figures with extreme grace. Once from an ancient imperial breeding in Lipica, near Trieste, today the Lipizzan foals are bred and selected in a stable in Piber, Styria.

Crossing the threshold of the school at about 4 years, young white stallions are instructed according to ancient techniques used to train war horses, handed down orally for over 400 years. To complete the studies and graduate “professor” usually are necessary from 4 to 6 years of training and the horse must overcome all 3 levels of teaching provided: first riding, school campaign and high school.

Among capriole, courbette and levate, these majestic white stallions perform in truly surprising figures under the eyes of the public in the arena of the Winter Riding School in Vienna’s Hofburg.

As in the most prestigious university campuses, each horse of the school receives individual assistance and ad hoc nutrition, as well as a daily wellness program that includes swimming pool, solarium and infrared and ultraviolet light therapy.

In short, even the horses must study!


Saverio Polloni is an exceptional and unconventional artist, famous for using the portrait technique depicting countless animal species, often half-length and always life-size, as if they were posed for him.
The technique, which combines oil and acrylic, is impeccable, carried out in compliance with the most traditional pictorial canons and aimed at representing every detail of the subjects portrayed.

These are not mechanical reproductions of physical characteristics but rather a very personal interpretation of the identity of the portrait soul, highlighting, among the many characteristics, just the one that distinguishes the species to which it belongs.

Saverio Polloni was born in Milan in 1957, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera and immediately dedicated himself to the art applied to advertising.
In 1982 he founded an advertising illustration studio having as principal the main Italian and international companies, gaining experience in the field of fashion and industrial design.
In 1998 he devoted himself full time to his pictorial project “Animal Portraits”.
In 2017 he opens his personal Gallery in Milan, in via Brera 16.

Below are three paintings made by Saverio Polloni with the subject horse.


At the beginning of January President Francesce Emmanuel Macron , during a state visit to China, gave the Chinese President, Xi Jinping , an eight-year-old thoroughbred horse, called Vesuvio, horse that the president had admired in Paris, during his last visit during an institutional parade.

Behind this important gift there is a subtle play of words, in fact the transliteration in Chinese characters of Macron (Makelong) literally means “ the horse tames the dragon “.

According to foreign policy, this gesture could have different facets, undoubtedly it is an unprecedented diplomatic gift, a symbol of French excellence, as pointed out by its staff.

Who knows what roads will open this wonderful thoroughbred horse in world diplomacy.


This week we take you to the magical world of ponies, to discover a truly original riding school, we talk about the “Team la Pista”.

This project stems from the will of Simone Sordi and Susanna Bordone to create a high-level riding school that could involve all age groups. With this in mind, the project of the competitive pony club is developed, which gives the possibility to all the students of the team to try their hand at the main disciplines: show jumping, gimkane, gimkane-jump and complete.

With the passing of time the competitive team has become a real family in which everything is shared; from emotions to values, from experiences to sacrifices, to the long-awaited victories.
Among these stands out the victory at the regional pony ludic championships in May 2017 where the podium has become all yellow! On that occasion the team consisted of: Camilla Zizza with Caramel, Matteo Boldrini with Markus, Lorenzo Boldrini with Geja, Elisa Di Stefano with Marylin, Sofia Civardi with Markus, Sara Maiocchi with Bright, Emma Groppaglio with Bright, Gaia Piccino with Geja , Stefano Muzzu with Ozieresa and Sofia Pollini with Bright.

Each of these binomials has a particular story: an intertwining of emotions, disappointments and victories, all linked by the same passion: riding and team attachment.
Since that day, the students of Team La Pista have embarked on a path to obtaining the patent, growing from a sporting and competitive point of view. The new members have started a journey made of discoveries, tests and fun that can then lead them to important achievements and satisfactions.

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For info on the reality of the La Pista Team we suggest you visit their website:

www.teamlapista.it

 

 


Lorenzo Antali is a young Italian rider, born in 1994, competing in jumping contests. In 2015, he and his horse Campej, a bay stallion, have achieved prominent success in regional and national competitions.

Since last year, Accademia Italiana has signed a partnership with Lorenzo, choosing him as one of its testimonials. The young talented rider embodies all of the Italian brand principles: passion, devotion, elegance and attitude. Accademia Italiana strongly believes in and supports all young athletes who are working hard to make their dreams come true.

The last months of the year have been full of strong experiences and emotions for Lorenzo and Campej.

On 23rd October, they took part in a Csi 2 stelle competition in Cattolica and achieved qualification to the Grand Premio delle Regioni under 21 of Fieracavalli in Verona.

On 5th November, they made their debut on the prestigious field of Verona, ending up with a 14th place. Lorenzo admitted he felt great feelings by competing on a stage where, two days after, some of the best names of Jumping made their appearance.

Lorenzo and Campej ended the year with some notable results and making their debut in a national Grand Prix in Gorla Minore.

The New Year began with an exceptional second place in c130 category, once again in Gorla Minore, on 12th February 2016.

Accademia Italiana wishes good luck to Lorenzo Antali and Campej for the new season, in the hope of new success and gratification together!

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Today I am going to tell you a story. A true story which may sound like a movie. Indeed, if it were an American story, it would have probably already been adapted into a movie. But this is not a Hollywood story, our story comes from Germany, where it’s known as “the legend of Stockholm”.

The main characters are West German Olympic rider Hans Günter Winkler and his horse Halla, a national hero, a kind of German Seabiscuit. (do you know Seabiscuit’s story? We talked about it in our article about horses starring in movies).

Why the “legend of Stockholm”? It’s 1956. The Olympic Games will take place for the first time down under, in Melbourne, in the month of December. But not for all the athletes. The equestrian competitions took place months before in Stockholm, because of quarantine laws in Australia not allowing the transport of horses.

Germany was not having a good time then. With the country politically split in two nations, The Germans had not fully recovered from the hardship of post-war era.

Sport helped the country to rebuild a sense of national pride. Two years before, West Germany national football team won for the first time the World cup in Switzerland, beating football power Hungary in the final game, a glorious feat that would be remembered as the “Miracle of Bern”.

Just two years after that exploit, German sport fans could testify another miracle, the “legend of Stockholm”.

Final round of the team jumping. No surprise to see the German riders competing for the gold medal. At the beginning of the competition, though, it seemed that luck was not on their side.

In the first round, Winkler pulled a groin muscle at the penultimate obstacle, after his mare took off early and threw him out of position.

The pain did not allow Winkler even to stand sitting in the saddle. Without him, the German team would have been eliminated and lost an assured medal. But Winkler did not want to give up. After he was given tranquilizers, Winkler could comfortably sit. However, drugs that could reduce the pain also made him quite unconscious, and therefore he was only given black coffee before his final ride to reduce his dizziness.

He totally trusted his horse Halla. And Halla repayed him with an incredible performance.Just a few years before, Halla was considered a “difficult horse” no one could ride because of her bad temper.

There is no other tie stronger than that between a rider and his/her horse.

“She knew that something was wrong” Winkler said after the triumph. That day he could barely steer her through the course. The rest was up to her.
Halla completed a clear course, giving to her rider and the German team individual and team gold.

It was a great triumph for the Germans, perhaps not as much for the Italian team. The silver medal was awarded to the “Azzurri”, led by brothers Piero e Raimondo D’inzeo, together on the podium also individually (behind Winkler and Halla, of course).

The D’inzeo brothers would have had their share of glory four years after, when the Olympics were held in their hometown, Rome.

In 1956, it was Winkler and Halla’s turn to give birth to the “legend of Stockholm”. The rider became one of the most celebrated German athletes of his time. The mare is still one of the most successful horses at the Olympic Games, with a total of three gold medals.

It is all due to the special tie they built together year after year, even when nobody believed anymore in Halla, who was meant to be an “unexpressed talent”.


Italian dressage rider Silvia Rizzo is one of the awarded “Brand Ambassadors” at the Chi è Chi Awards 2015 in Milan.
The prestigious recognition has been awarded at Palazzo Reale in Milan on Tuesday 22nd of September, as an opening event to 2015 Milano Fashion Week. Since 2001, the awards has honoured notable personalities in the Italian business world.
The 2015 edition main theme was “Brand Ambassadors”, namely people who bring Italian fashion in the world within their respective fields: Fashion, Design, Cinema, Music, Food, Sport, Charity and Beauty. And who could be a better testimonial of Made in Italy in Sport than Silvia?

Thanks to her passion and awareness about the latest fashion trends, Silvia has gained a large following in the equestrian world as a stylish icon, making a trademark of her elegant attitude in and off the dressage arenas.

Many people know her as the Italian Fashionist.

The jury of Chi è Chi, some of the best Italian fashion experts and editors, recognized Silvia’s commitment in sponsoring Italian style in the equestrian fashion field. Of course the collaboration between Silvia and Accademia Italiana plays a crucial role. Silvia was for many years a main testimonial and purchaser for our brand.

The awards were presented by ten young Italian entrepreneurs and startuppers, chosen by the Town Council of Milan for their original and innovative ideas. Cristina Tajani, councillor for Work Politics, Economical Development, University and Research was the host of the ceremony.


Summer now comes to an end, with the first rainy days of the new season.
But don’t worry! Accademia Italiana helps you to get into the new season mood with an exclusive preview of the 2015-16 fall/winter collection, which will be soon available on our shop online.

fall-winter-2Gino Moschetti’s brand never stops and is already bursting with ideas for next season.
The inspiration for the new fall/winter season comes from two distinct but somewhat linked cultural references: eighteenth century baroque and gypsy.
Accademia Italiana took the inspiration for BAROQUE mood from an age bursting with creativity and artistic flair, matched with an odd taste for magniloquent and daring shapes… in all artistic fields, including fashion.
The eighteenth century was also the golden age of the horse, both in terms of its importance to human activities and of the acknowledgement of its role.
All of these suggestions merge to bring the Italian designer’s collection to life in a perfect mix of style and passion for the equestrian world.

The EMPIRE item offers the main features who are essential to every rider: elegance and technicity.
In this case, elegance comes from the all-over textured insert with one of the brand trademarks: the LOGO texture, characterizing all of the most sophisticated items by Accademia Italiana in the last few years. In EMPIRE breeches we can find it perfectly matched with another main feature of the house: the polyamide exclusively produced soft and tough fabric.
With a wide selection of colours, EMPIRE gives the unique opportunity to impersonate a real XVIII century knight, and to be a brave warrior, then a lonely hero, then a sly and clever outlaw, as you prefer it. You will be part of the most realistic role-playing game you have ever tried!
The dull blue shade of NOTTURNO colour proposes a Blade Runner style dark and charming look, more sophisticated PLUM and STEEL hues and the CORTEX variation complete the EMPIRE colour range.
References and quotations within this item goes from comic strips to videogmaes, to cult movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean saga. Keyword is to get away from reality and to highlight a new and unusual side of your personality, never forgetting to stay stable in the saddle thanks to our silicon Grip, which never misses as in all breeches by Accademia Italiana.
The other items within the baroque mood: BAROQUE, a located printed pattern, available in STEEL, PLUM and BLACK, and the two textured items LOGO (you can choose it in a BLACK or a MOLE hue) and DAMASK, with an all-over pattern of eighteenth century inspiration.

fall-winter-4This last item leads us to the second mood crossing Accademia Italina 2016 winter season: GYPSY.
Dripping with Gypsy culture suggestions and exotic atmospheres which recall ancient Oriental treasures and preciously damasked fabrics, this mood shows itself rich in colours and with a sophisticated and youthful taste. According a preference to winter hues like ECRÙ, MUSK, NAVY, ENNÉ, Gino Moschetti presents the GYPSY item, characterized by a refined multicoloured embroidery on both pockets, together with a range of romantic and evocative named textures (POEM, LOVE & PEACE).

star-polo-plumNot only breeches in the latest collection by Accademia Italiana for 2015-16 winter season.
The reknown Italian equestrian clothing brand also presents its seamless POLO SHIRTS in the new colours coordinated with the whole collection (WHITE, PLUM).
But that’s not all, folks! A real tsunami is coming to bring a fresh wave of innovation in the field of technical clothing for the practice of dressage and jumping. Its name is AIR SYSTEM, the new jacket designed by Gino Moschetti’s brand. We could say the name of this item speaks on its own. And that’s actually true. Its revolutionary aspect is the technical, extralight and incredibly transpiring fabric. We can see the italian stylist’s trademark in the inserts on the hips and in the sleeves inner side, conceived in a special fabric made of net, that allows the body to breath freely during the warmest and most difficult competions.
Once again, Gino Moschetti designed Air System jackets with a special touch to introduce a casual but refined taste, as with the pocket zips with a thin orange fluo profile, or with the collar and vents on the back emphasized by the distinctive LOGO pattern.