Open House to Promote Mayor to Mayor Program with Pisa, Italy, and Italian Thoroughbred Industry

Posted on: April 29, 2014

This summer, Ocala is reigniting the Mayor-to-Mayor Sister City program  with a trip to Pisa, Italy from June 27 through July 7.  The Sister City program is being planned by the Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) in conjunction with Italian horseman Paolo Romanelli, who promotes Florida-bred thoroughbred horses in Italy, along with assistance from the Florida Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Association and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company.

The CEP will be conducting an Open House to introduce the industry to prospective trip attendees, share the history of the Sister city program, the associated costs and discuss the trip itinerary from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association offices.

The focus of the program this year will be thoroughbred breeding and racing.  Romanelli is the host and guide, as he comes from a family that has a long history with thoroughbreds. His family has worked with one of the most famed bloodstock researchers in the history of thoroughbred breeding worldwide, Federico Tesio.

The tentative  itinerary includes Gioco del Ponte in Pisa , stakes racing at San Siro in Milan , the San Rossore training center and racetrack tours, meetings with Pisa’s  Mayor Marco Filippeschi and Chamber of Commerce president, a promotional seminar on Florida-breds and Ocala Breeders’ Sales, tour of Siena’s breeding region,  evening under the stars dinner before the Palio di Siena (the world’s wildest horse race),  Bolgheri Training Center, Sassicaia Vineyard and Medieval Village, a Fourth of July beach BBQ, Florence and Lucca shopping excursions, Livorno night racing and a day in Rome.

The Honorable Mayor of Ocala, Kent Guinn, will be in attendance, to greet the mayor and citizens of Pisa.  The trip is open to Ocala and Marion County residents and CEP members wishing to learn more about the horse industry in the Pisa,  to network, and to create business opportunities between the two cities. Thoroughbred breeders and owners interested in developing business opportunities with Italian horsemen and learning more about the Italian  industry are highly encouraged to attend.

For details about the trip, please contact the CEP Director of Business Services Jaye Baillie at the CEP at 352.629.8051 or Paolo Romanelli at 954 249-6964.

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