For 10 months per year, our horses live on the pastures of the Matese Lake highland, at 1,000 meters above sea level, and therefore take advantage of all the benefits associated with the free range breeding. Horses left at the meadows are, in fact, have

  • less risk of contracting respiratory infections;

  • less risk of developing behavioural disorders (the so called "tic" o "vices");

  • improved physicality in regards to confined animals;

  • improved social life within the herd.

That’s why we choose for our foals to be:

  • born in a quiet place with large pastures at disposal;

  • reared with passion and respect;

  • tamed and prepared for performance (Reining or Cutting) or leisure training only at 24 months of age.

Free foals


Matese Ranch is not only horses and pastures. Behind the scenes are people, passion and experience. And they are at your disposal.



Some pastoralists of the Matese region transfer permanently their flocks of sheep on the mountain and they name their enterprise taking the initials of their surnames – Falode.

The business with sheep runs very well, so that the young entrepreneurs decide to expand and start breeding brown cows and indigenous horses.

The cooperative Falode turns into an agritourism and the horse back rides in the woods and on the banks of the Matese lake are among the favorite attractions for tourists.

The interest grows around the western riding technique and competitions. The first American Quarter and Paint horses arrive. Another cattle breed, the Marchigiane, is introduced among the other breedings. 

The American horse and Marchigiane cattle breeding is legally separated from the others. Matese Ranch is officially born.

Matese Ranch celebrates its first 10 years of Quarter and Paint Horse breeding!