12TH DAVAO HORSE SHOW & COMPETITION GALLOP THIS WEEKEND
PHILIPPINE CHAMPION RACE HORSE BREEDER IS GUEST OF HONOR
Yeehaah! As horsemen from all over the country converge in Davao City this weekend (April 24 & 25) for the 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition, so will you hear this cowboy battle cry reverberate around this southern metropolis.
Indeed, all is set to gallop for this annual event of the Davao Horse Club, its 12th in its thirteen years of existence as the one and only organization dedicated to promoting horse sport or the sport of horseback riding in the Region. The Davao horsemen have come a long way – from riding native and half-native caballos to purebred mullahssuch as Thoroubreds, Arabians and American Quarter. After making their mark as a tough team to beat in the Philippine Horsemen’s Federation (which the Davaoeno horsemen helped organize), one might say they have arrived. Twice already, the Davao team has been invited to play friendly games at the bastion of horsemanship in the Philippines – The Manila Polo Club.
The weekend event is the second leg of the Philippine Horsemen’s Federation annual competition circuit (the first leg being in Cebu, the Governor’s Cup of Governor Gwen Garcia) and will be participated in by teams from Cagayan de Oro City, Malaybalay and Impasugong in Bukidnon, Bohol, Ormoc and Cebu. A large delegation from Clark EcoZone is expected to come as observers of this long-running Davao summer sports attraction. And gracing the occasion as Guest of Honor & Speaker is none other than today’s foremost breeder of race horses in the country, Mr. Hermie Esquerra. Even those not into horse racing would have heard of the legendary race horse Windblown. Mr. Esguerra is the owner of the horse and has consistently produced winners in the racing industry. Another race aficionado and horse lover who has been Davao Horse Club’s patron and benefactor from the very beginning is Davao industrialist, Don Antonio O. Floirendo. Don Antonio is a major sponsor of this year’s event (as well as in the past) and will again host the welcome dinner for all participants.
Venue of the Show is the SM City Davao Exhibition Grounds. Opening ceremonies start promptly at 9 in the morning of Saturday, April 24. Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has been invited as special guest and is expected to bid the participants a warm welcome to the City of Davao.
Various games and competitions will be played out in the two days of the 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition, such as Best-Groomed Horse, Best in Show, Barrel Race, Obstacle Race, Oval Races and Parlor Games. The different divisions are: Youth, Ladies, Novice, Auxiliary, Intermediate and Expert. A Royal Division is reserved for listed executives/guests who are not regular riders but love to ride the horse. This one is purely for fun.