About Napoletano Horses
The area of Felix
Campania (“Happy Plain”), extending from Volturno to Sarno, covers what is nowadays
part of the provincial territory of Naples and Caserta. Because of its unique climate
and geography, it has long been an ideal location for raising horses. Indeed, the
Etruscans chose this place as their center for horse-breeding, established near
the Greek settlements on the Flegrean coast. Later, it was here, in the Capuan area,
that the Romans bred their very best specimens for the Imperial court. The advent
of the sea-going Republic of Amalfi saw the importation of Turkish horses, which,
together with the Campania horses, formed the basis for the development of the Napoletano
horse, which was prized first as a native horse and then as a thoroughbred. It is
raised exclusively in the Campania region, particularly in the province of Naples.
In December 2005 the
number of examples registered at the “Registro Anagrafico” (Records Office) was
20 brood-mares and 4 stallions.
Its particular physique
makes the horse suitable for riding or drawing medium-weight carriages, and it is
ideal for dressage and other disciplines.