About Persano Horses
Salernitano horse originated from the plain lying between the Sele and the
Calore (Salerno - Campania). But, as well as this breed, another type was also
raised, which came to be known as the “razza governativa di Persano” (the
ruling breed of Persano).
1762 by the Bourbon king, Charles III, it was the result of crossing mares of largely
eastern origin with Andalusian Arab stallions In 1874 the government sought to
suppress the breed and all examples of it were sold at public auction. But in
1900 it was re-established, using mares with a good combination of
characteristics and proven to be good for riding. These were selected from
various cavalry regiments and mated with two stallions: Jubileé (an English
thoroughbred from Melton) and Giacobello (a cross-bred Arab sired by the
stallion Siriano). After the closure of the Centre for the Re-introduction of
Quadrupeds in 1954, the Persano breed was reduced to about fifty brood-mares.
These were transferred to the center for quadrupeds in Grosseto, which is under
the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense.
The Persano is an
all-rounder, good for riding, dressage and other disciplines. It is rugged and
elegant and can be used for leisure riding as well as equestrian sport. The
horse has a gentle, indomitable temperament.
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