A Portrait of Horse Whisper Bartolo Messina

Bartolo, the Crowd Favourite

Thanks to his touching liberty dressage performances and the palpable connection between him and his horses, Bartolo Messina has been a crowd favourite for many years. 

Thanks to his touching liberty dressage performances and the palpable connection between him and his horses, Bartolo Messina has been a crowd favourite for many years. The friendly Italian rider and exceptional talent started out in the season of 2014/2015. Within seconds, he won the audience’s hearts with his colourful group of horses and an impressive liberty performancse in the biggest arenas of Europe. Since then, Bartolo and his team have been a constant part of the CAVALLUNA family. 

 

His Horses are Part of the Family

Bartolo, whose home is the beautiful island of Ischia, has dedicated his entire life to the noble animals. He keeps around twenty show horses on his farm in sunny Italy, where everyone lives for their furry friends: neighbours, acquaintances and family members rarely miss an opportunity to watch his evening training sessions.

Bartolo, whose home is the beautiful island of Ischia, has dedicated his entire life to the noble animals. He keeps around twenty show horses on his farm in sunny Italy, where everyone lives for their furry friends: neighbours, acquaintances and family members rarely miss an opportunity to watch his evening training sessions. The horses live right next to the house and share their accommodation with many other animals, whether they are dogs, chickens or donkeys. The driveway to the small farm is so steep that anyone else would immediately start to sweat, but a native Ischian is of course not fazed in the slightest by this...

 

Bartolo Messina with horses running free

Bartolo at CAVALLUNA

In the shows, Bartolo performs impressive liberty dressage with his colourful group of horses, including an Appaloosa mare, two Tinkers, two Lusitanos, a KWPN (Dutch Warmblood), an Arabian and a Cartujano. The audience can look forward to many touching moments and magical encounters between man and horse.

In the shows, Bartolo performs impressive liberty dressage with his colourful group of horses, including an Appaloosa mare, two Tinkers, two Lusitanos, a KWPN (Dutch Warmblood), an Arabian and a Cartujano. The audience can look forward to many touching moments and magical encounters between man and horse.

But Bartolo often brings another absolute show highlight with him: the cute herd of adorable mini ponies that enchants the audience - young and old alike - year after year.

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