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And Man met the Horse: Legendary Horsemen (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)



And Man met the Horse: Legendary Horsemen (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

The Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal and the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin are pleased to present the webinar series entitled "And Man met the horse". The horse has followed the life of men and civilizations, since the dawn of time. Originally from the Eurasian steppe, at first it provided man with meat, milk and skins and only in the metal age did it become a protagonist among draft animals and prince for horse riding, marking memorable moments in military and sporting history. His part in literature and art has always been central, that of the noble animal, reflecting the interests and passions of peoples. The figurative arts have represented its beauty in every age: from the equine figures left by primitives on the walls of prehistoric caves to the horses of the admirable equestrian monuments of the Italian Renaissance.

The webinar series "And Man met the horse", created with Prof. Domenico Bergero, Director of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin, develops in a program rich in scientific, cultural, historical- artistic, sports... and many other curiosities: all entrusted to the words and knowledge of Italian scientists and scholars.

Friday, April 23rd 2021, 3pm (Montreal), 9pm (Rome)
Registration required

The webinar, opened and animated by Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal, and by Prof. Domenico Bergero, presents the following conferences:

Dino Costantini, The Italian heirs of the military riding school
In dialogue with Marshal Dino Costantini, the best military knight of Completo in the recent history of Italy, we talk about famous horses and their temperament, Olympic competitions, friends and rival riders, about the most memorable pages in the history of Italian horse riding and its future, with particular attention to the new generations of knights.

Domenico Bergero, The winged hussars and the siege of Vienna
In 1683, at the gates of Vienna, a cavalry charge changed the fate of the battle, the siege of the city, the conflict with the Ottomans and the history of Europe. The king of Poland, John III Sobieski, commands them. They are particular riders, equipped with "wings", animal skins and bright colors. Their mounts are special too….

Gioacchino Lo Gaglio, The Gascon General
We know everything about Gioacchino Murat, from his origins to his fulminating career alongside Napoleon Bonaparte. Less is known about his passion for horses, his skill as a rider and his impetuous character as a "man of horses", all traits that are also the basis of his success.

Ivo Zoccarato, Caprilli an the “belle epoque”
Thinking of Caprilli, even horse enthusiasts often see Federigo jumping a chair, or a simple fence, or an obstacle considered impossible. But Caprilli was not only a horseman and an innovator: he was a young man deeply immersed in the atmosphere of his time, who often paid for his passions and his excesses, setting himself up as a model for a special, unforgettable era.

Dino Costantini, Marshal of the Carabinieri ( and best military knight of Completo in the recent history of our country, he was Olympian in Monaco, in 1972, and in Seoul, in 1988. He was six times Military World Champion and Italian Military Champion. He has won the Overall Absolute in Italy five times and boasts numerous successes in international tournaments in this discipline.

Domenico Bergero, former horse show rider, graduated with honors in Veterinary Medicine in Turin. Veterinary officer, hippiatra. Since 1990 lecturer at the University of Turin and Full Professor since 2009. Graduated from the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. Since 2018 Director of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin. Author of about 200 scientific works (about 70 cited by ISI web of Sciences), concerning animal nutrition, management and work physiology of the sport horse.

Gioacchino Lo Gaglio, born in Tunisia, freelance architect and man of horses, as a lieutenant he served in the Cavalry. Expert and lover of military history linked to cavalry. He was regional president (Lazio and Molise) of the National Equestrian Tourism Association. He was a knight and regional judge of equestrian competition. He now lives in Piedmont surrounded by mountains and his beloved horses.

Ivo Zoccarato, veterinary surgeon, former full professor of Zooculture and director of the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences of the University of Turin. Expert in the history of veterinary medicine and farriery with particular reference to the period between the early nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. Ordinary member of the Turin Academy of Agriculture, founding member of the Italian Association of the History of Veterinary Medicine and Farriery. Author of various articles with veterinary historical content.



Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Time: At 3:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal e il Dipa

Entrance : Free