Buffalo Bill lost to the Butteri

A story told to me by many Tuscan horsemen occurred on 1 March 1890, when the Duke Castani di Sermoneta proposed to Buffalo Bill (who was here visiting from the USA) a challenge to tame his Maremmano ranch horses.

The colonel and his men agreed, but when the livestock was brought to Rome, the American cowboys struggled to complete the challenge. Buffalo Bill then proposed a challenge himself to whoever succeeded to tame an American horse in less time.

The challenge was accepted from riders, military, several cowboys and Butteri that went to Rome - attracted by the celebrity status of the famous American cowboy.

The Butteri proved their skill by taming all the American horses in approximately 30 minutes!

Maremmano horse