About Italian Trotter Horses
The Italian Trotterrnis a harness racing horse developed over the last century by crossing Thoroughbredrnstallions with French (Norman) trotters, Russian Trotters and American Standardbredrnmares. The goal of the selection was to blend the speed of the Standardbred withrnthe stamina of the French Trotter. The result is a large, physically powerful horsernstanding up to 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm) at the withers, with athletic abilityrnand capable of defeating Standardbreds on the race track.
The most famous Italianrntrotting horse is certainly "Varenne". He has won the equivalent of 6,400,000 eurosrnin prize-money.
He was born on May19THrn1995, the progeny of the stallion Waikiki Beach and the mare Ialmaz. Varenne isrnthe most successful horse of all time, the winner of 53 top prizes including, twornAmerique, three Lotteria, two Olympia Travet, the Breeders' Crown, the Nations'rnCrown and the Derby. He holds the world record over two kilometres and on the one-milerntrack.rnrn