An Italian Legend
The Salerno horse was once bred on the fertile Sele River plains near Salerno, an area used by ancient Greek settlers for raising chariot horses.
The Salerno horse is the sum-total of Greek, Neapolitan, Andalusian, Norman, Thoroughbred, Turkish Berber and Hanoverian bloodlines.
In the 19th century, they were a popular riding and carriage horse, known for their excellent bone and high stepping movement.
Today they are a bred for recreation, suitable for most disciplines—but most notably showjumping.
In 1956 a Salernitano horse named Merano, ridden by Raimondo d’Inzeo competed in the World Showjumping Championships and led the Italian team to victory.
Another Salernitano horse named Posillipo helped the same rider Raimondo win gold at the Summer Olympics of 1960.
The Salernitano horse in all regards is an excellent sporthorse with a gentle and willing disposition. They are characterized by an expressive head, long-lined and proportionally built body, with strong limbs and hooves
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