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“People and Horses”

17 June 2021

The new Fieracavalli and FISE Veneto project to support the return to society of inmates at Montorio prison

Social commitment and inclusion: these are the cornerstones of equestrian culture that Fieracavalli – the reference event for the international equestrian scene – has always been committed to sharing, by demonstrating how horses can play a crucial role in levelling inequalities while also offering opportunities for rehabilitation for the most disadvantaged people in society.

It is precisely with the aim of creating a healthier and more inclusive society that a new project promoted by the “Persone & Cavalli” Association takes shape, thanks to the memorandum of intent signed by Veronafiere, FISE Veneto and Montorio District Prison.

The objectives of this agreement include not only the personal and social recovery of prison inmates but also to promote job placement through a training path directed towards the acquisition of technical-professional skills that can ensure appropriate access to the employment market.

To ensure that such an opportunity for rehabilitation can become a reality, Fieracavalli and FISE Veneto have launched an appeal to industrialists, entrepreneurs and operators in the sector to become project partners and thereby help start the first course already scheduled in September for farrier assistants which 10/15 inmates at Montorio Prison will be able to attend.

The course aims to train highly sought-after niche professional figures in the sector and is divided into two modules for a total duration of 350 hours: a theoretical-practical section with teaching staff supported by a Veterinarian and UNOM qualified farriers focusing on horses, equine ethology and the specific topic of farriery; the other purely theoretical section focuses on aspects of business economics, group psychology and safety in the workplace, providing participants with the basic notions needed to reassert themselves in society and all the sporting and tourism realities of the local area gravitating around horses by setting up a social cooperative.

During the 123rd edition of Fieracavalli – scheduled in Verona 4-7 and 12-14 November – the first results of this project will be presented, involving inmates who have earned the certificate in farriery activities during the demo days.