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!


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

 

 


Ogni mese, all’interno di questa rubrica, vi proporremo un libro diverso, un romanzo o un manuale, un volume che racconti il forte legame che si instaura tra cavallo e uomo.
Questo mese abbiamo scelto il romanzo di Sara Albanese.

Il cavallo, si sa, per sua natura non ama ciò che avviene dietro le spalle, preferisce ciò che accade davanti agli occhi e questo, in chiave metaforica, lo rende il miglior amico che si possa avere.

Quello di Sara Albanese più che un romanzo è uno scrigno di emozioni, parole semplici ma di grande impatto, che toccano delicatamente il cuore, così come la sua storia.

In questo libro-diario Sara si apre al pubblico, raccontando con grande emozione la sua storia personale, come in un viaggio, si corre da una tappa all’altra, scivolando tra le pagine.
L’amore per i cavalli e il forte legame che la lega a questo animale, da sempre così presente nella sua vita, fa di questo libro il nostro consiglio del mese.

Info del libro:

ISBN – 9781471659928

PAGINE – 77