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Ernesto, M. Doriano and a story of a land, herds and tradition

«A love of horses was born with me. I have lived with them since I was a child and over time I have transformed this passion into a real job, which I do every day accompanied by the finest colleague ever, my M. Doriano».

This is how Ernesto talked about his life with us, made up the traditions of the Maremma area and a job – as a Buttero cowboy – which has its roots in his homeland.

«My morning begins in the saddle with M. Doriano. With his help, I manage my daily work managing the herds of Maremma cows and other livestock from the local farms. We spend so much time with horses that it is impossible not to build a relationship of trust and complicity».

Ernesto’s day begins at 6.30 every morning. Once he arrives and makes sure that the gates and fences are closed, he gets on with his other daily business on foot, remounting only at sunset, when he takes the animals back to their shelter.

«The work of a Buttero cowboy is never the same. Every single day is planned with the welfare and state of mind of the horses always in the forefront, to ensure that they can carry out their own work in complete tranquillity. There are no demanding tasks and all the horses are physically trained and mentally prepared for this type of work which is always at a walk and rarely at a gallop».

The relationship that bonding a Buttero cowboy and his horse is as spontaneous as that between people; it develops from sharing the day with a colleague to discovering a trusted friend and considering him or her to be a full member of the family.

«Some time ago I worked for Aldo Novembri, a highly experienced and well known Buttero cowboy in our world. He received a very generous offer to sell one of the two horses he owned; it would have ensured him an immediate and easy annual annuity, but he didn’t even think about it for a minute – he immediately refused and when I asked him why he simply replied: would you ever sell your workmate? This perfectly describes the meaning of our relationship with horses».

Ernesto’s special bond with M. Doriano– and his other horses – has taken the stage at Fieracavalli several times, as well as during Gold Gala performances.

«Fieracavalli is a special place. It encourages everyone to get in touch with the thousand facets of the equestrian world. I began my adventure with the Show way back in 2007, returning in 2008 with my Maremma cows and in 2009 when I took part in the Gold Gala. That year, just before entering the ring, I experienced a sensation that still excites me: I was the first to perform and when the gate swung open in front of me to the notes of a lyrical aria, I and M. Doriano both felt the same sensation, we were excited in unison, we hesitated for a couple of seconds and then the show began, for us as for the audience».

You can get to know Ernesto, M. Doriano and the ancient traditions of the Butteri cowboys in Verona 9-12 November 2023 during the 125th edition of Fieracavalli.

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Longines FEI Jumping World Cup e Gala d’Oro
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Italialleva

Area Commerciale Top Brand e Campo prova FWC

Top Brand Commercial Area and FWC Test Field

Arena FISE

Purosangue arabo e GIA
Arabian Horse and GIA

MASAF

Area Commerciale B2C
B2C Commercial Area
Area Commerciale B2B
B2B Commercial Area
Salone cavallo Iberico e Horse Friendly Arena
Iberian Horse Salon and Horse Friendly Arena
Barrel Racing e Pole Bending
Barrel Racing and Pole Bending
Perimetro sicurezza cavalli
Perimeter safety horses
Animazioni
Animation
Perimetro sicurezza cavalli
Perimeter safety horses
Morfologie Razze Americane, SEF Italia, Special Events
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Food Court

Area Kids

Salone del Turismo Rurale e dei Prodotti Tipici e Area Family
Exhibition of Rural Tourism and Typical Products and Family Area

Area H

Area F

Area E

Area C

Area D

Area B

Area A

PALA EXPO

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INGRESSO / ENTRANCE
"CANGRANDE"

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Topic areas

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup e Gala d’Oro

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup and Golden Gala

Italialleva

Area Commerciale Top Brand e Campo prova FWC

Top Brand Commercial Area and FWC Test Field

Arena FISE

Purosangue arabo e GIA

Arabian Horse and GIA

MASAF

Area Commerciale B2C

B2C Commercial Area

Area Commerciale B2B

B2B Commercial Area

Salone cavallo Iberico e Horse Friendly Arena

Iberian Horse Salon and Horse Friendly Arena

Barrel Racing e Pole Bending

Barrel Racing and Pole Bending

Perimetro sicurezza cavalli

Perimeter safety horses

Animazioni

Animation
Perimetro sicurezza cavalli
Perimeter safety horses

Morfologie Razze Americane, SEF Italia, Special Events

American Breed Morphologies, SEF Italy, Special Events

Food Court

Area Kids

Salone del Turismo Rurale e dei Prodotti Tipici e Area Family
Exhibition of Rural Tourism and Typical Products and Family Area
Area H
Area F
Area E
Area C
Area D
Area B
Area A
PALA EXPO

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE "SAN ZENO"

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE
"CANGRANDE"

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE
"RE TEODORICO"

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup e Gala d’Oro Longines FEI Jumpinag World Cup and Golden Gala

Italialleva

Area Commerciale Top Brand e Campo prova FWC

Top Brand Commercial Area and FWC Test Field

Arena FISE

Purosangue arabo e GIA Arabian Horse and GIA

MASAF

Area Commerciale B2C B2C Commercial Area
Area Commerciale B2B B2B Commercial Area
Salone cavallo Iberico e Horse Friendly Arena Iberian Horse Salon and Horse Friendly Arena
Barrel Racing e Pole Bending Barrel Racing and Pole Bending
Perimetro sicurezza cavalli Perimeter safety horses
Animazioni Animation
Perimetro sicurezza cavalli Perimeter safety horses
Morfologie Razze Americane, SEF Italia, Special Events American Breed Morphologies, SEF Italy, Special Events

Food Court

Area Kids

Salone del Turismo Rurale e dei Prodotti Tipici e Area Family Exhibition of Rural Tourism and Typical Products and Family Area

Area H

Area F

Area E

Area C

Area D

Area B

Area A

PALA EXPO

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE "SAN ZENO"

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE
"CANGRANDE"

INGRESSO / ENTRANCE
"RE TEODORICO"