Prince gets the bit between his teeth

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am

Former French leader Napoleon Bonaparte rode a Persano horse.

And when his abortive attempt to take over Russia failed, Persano horses were made of the hardy stuff that saw them survive the retreat.

But these historic horses were in danger of extinction until a Sicilian prince started breeding them.

Prince Alduino Ventimiglia di Monteforte was in town last week to spread the word on his love of the Persano horse.

Hong Kong was the first stop on a global trip (well, he's also come to provide support to a friend who is having an art exhibition) to see if he can find like-minded people to help him save this special Italian breed.

'This is a very historic horse, which dates back to Charles of Bourbon. We chose Hong Kong to go out in public. I have spent the past 25 years saving the Persano from extinction,' he said.

He is the exclusive owner of the breed and has 80 horses in Sicily.

Prince Alduino would like to get in touch with horse-lovers around the world who are keen to help preserve the species.

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