The Italian Trotter
is a harness racing horse developed over the last century by crossing Thoroughbred
stallions with French (Norman) trotters, Russian Trotters and American Standardbred
mares. The goal of the selection was to blend the speed of the Standardbred with
the stamina of the French Trotter. The result is a large, physically powerful horse
standing up to 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm) at the withers, with athletic ability
and capable of defeating Standardbreds on the race track.
The most famous Italian
trotting horse is certainly “Varenne”. He has won the equivalent of 6,400,000 euros
He was born on May19TH
1995, the progeny of the stallion Waikiki Beach and the mare Ialmaz. Varenne is
the most successful horse of all time, the winner of 53 top prizes including, two
Amerique, three Lotteria, two Olympia Travet, the Breeders' Crown, the Nations'
Crown and the Derby. He holds the world record over two kilometres and on the one-mile