The Tre Balzane stud farm is located directly adjacent to the medieval town of Castel Ritaldi in Umbria, where there is not just the best olive oil, good wine and other Italian delicacies to be found. Here, at the foot of Monte Martano, Anglo-Arabs were bred since 1987 and pure Arabs since 1988. From 1992 onwards, only Straight Egyptian lines were bred.
The climate in Central Italy is particularly favourable for breeding Arabians because for most of the year it is dry and warm. Because of that, the stud horses can grow up outdoors for the most part, roaming their pastures and paddocks in small herds.
The stud has a covering station and guest boxes for mares and foals at its disposal. Horses of all breeds are broken to the saddle here using horse-friendly methods. All the horses grow up in close contact with people. Stallions and mares are broken to saddle and trained for riding at ages 3 to 4, with classic methods used.
The hilly countryside, with its rich woodlands and lack of traffic, is particularly suitable for training long distance horses for competitions.
How to reach us
This small pearl of a stud is located in the immediate vicinity of the medieval town of Castel Ritaldi, 12 km from the ancient city of culture, Spoleto. All of that is about 120 km to the Northeast of Rome. Here, in the foothills of the Martani Mountains, Arabian horses have been bred and trained since 1988.
The next airport is located in Perugia, about 50 km to the north. However, there is just one connection available here, to Milan with www.alitalia.it, with Milan offering connections into the whole world.
The only international airlines there is www.ryanair.com. We pick up guests at the Perugia airport, if pre-arranged.
The nearest international airports are Roma Fiumicino and Roma Ciampino, both of them about 150 km from the stud and easily reached by train. Almost every 1-2 hours, trains leave Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina in the direction of Ancona, stopping in SPOLETO without any change of trains. www.trenitalia.it
Guests arriving from the North can detrain in the town of FOLIGNO.
If arriving by train coming from Rome: SPOLETO station is on the inter city line which connects Rome to Ancona. The journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.
We pick up guests from the train stations in Spoleto as well as Foligno, if pre-arranged.
How to reach the stud by car
The coordinates to set in the car navigator are: 42.819401,12.649027
From Rome via Spoleto
Motorway A1 (Rome>Florence), exit Orte. From there take the A road in the direction of Terni and exit at Spoleto. From there, go in the direction of Castel Ritaldi until you get to La Bruna. About one kilometre after La Bruna (always continuing straight ahead in the direction of Montefalco) you will reach a crossroads where you need to take the left turn in the direction of Torre Grosso. About one kilometre later you will come to a sharp bend to the right. A few metres after that turn left into a small road. If you continue along this track for about two kilometres you will reach Tre Balzane Stud Farm.
Coming from the North
Take the highway A1 from Florence in the direction of Rome, exit Valdichiana. Then take the A road via Perugia, Assisi in the direction of Spoleto until reaching the exit of Trevi. In Trevi turn right in the direction of Castel Ritaldi. This road ends after about 6 kilometres, then turn left, in the direction of Spoleto. After a few metres you will go through Mercatello. About one kilometre after Mercatello turn right in the direction of Torre Grosso. About one kilometre later you will come to a sharp bend to the right. A few metres after that turn left into a small road. If you continue along this track for about two kilometres you will reach Tre Balzane Stud Farm.
In the immediate vicinity of the stud, there are two farms offering stays to tourists, both of them with beautifully restored buildings and moderate prices:
Address of the stud
Allevamento TRE BALZANE di Monika Savier
Via Ruicciano, 15
I – 06044 Castel Ritaldi (Perugia)
Cell.: +39 335 5235135
Farm: phone +39 0743 51877
Stud Manager Elisabeth Auer: cell. +39 346 9818427
Also visit www.rhodesianridgebacksumbria.com