PEGLIO, Italy–Before the sun rises over the Metauro Valley, Vittorio Angeli has pulled on his blue jeans, fastened his belt buckle that is the size of his fist, and covered his silver hair with a black cowboy hat.
It sounds like a scene from a Western film from the 1960s, but it is an ordinary day in Angeli’s life. He owns Western Passion Horse Ranch, a cowboy-style riding school that also offers trail rides, southwest of Peglio. Even though those classic Clint Eastwood movies are the work of an Italian director, Sergio Leone, in Italy it is unusual to find the Western style of riding that Angeli teaches.
But for his 70 years, Angeli has been breaking the norm, donning a cowboy hat and sliding into his worn, Western saddle, complete with a pommel. It is his passion now to show others the happiness a life with a horse can bring, and the lessons these beautiful animals can teach.
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