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The Great Tradition of Italian Cavalry - a Talk by Olympic Gold Medallist Mauro Checcoli and Andrea Atzeni



The Great Tradition of Italian Cavalry - a Talk by Olympic Gold Medallist Mauro Checcoli and Andrea Atzeni

Different horse-riding techniques have always been developing in Italy. The classic technique started at the end of the 15th century in Naples and Ferrara with great Masters such as Pignatelli and Fieschi and their acolytes coming from all over Europe – some of them becoming very famous, like Antoine de Pluvinel in France and William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle , in England.

Until, at the end of the 19th century, Federigo Caprilli, Cavalry Officer in Pinerolo (Piedmont) revolutionized the jumping seat technique. He started examining horses free jumping and experimenting on himself and his own horses, eventually forming the “forward-seat” , the modern day system used by all jumping riders in the world today. The Foreign Press and the FEI recently proclaimed Caprilli the greatest horserider of the modern era.

This talk by Mauro Checcoli, twice Olympic Gold in Tokyo ’64 and one of the gratest riders of the last Century, will focus on the history of Italian Cavalry: with Andrea Atzeni, popular Italian jockey, they will analyse the evolution of horseracing.


The lecture will be preceded by a presentation by Philip Warner, Director of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at the Palace House, Newmarket (a global centre for international horse racing) which is currently hosting Marco Delogu’s solo exhibition Thirty Assassins (open until 3 November 2019) and by a screening of the great finish in Ascot racecourse in the King George and Queen Elisabeth stakes 2015, when two great Italian jockeys, Andrea Atzeni e Frankie Dettori, gave a fantastic performance in one of the most exciting race finishes ever, won by Postponed trained by Luca Cumani: three Italians for a triumph in the world’s most famous racecourse.

Mauro Checcoli is an Italian equestrian and Olympic champion from Bologna. He won an individual gold medal in eventing at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was also a member of the Italian team that received a gold medal in team eventing at the same Olympics.


Data: Mar 11 Giu 2019

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 21:00

Ingresso : Libero


Italian Cultural Institute