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Grand horse oval fun race at Kadayawan sa Nenita Farms


By George Walter Misa

This Kadayawan 2013, expect a unique and exciting addition to the celebration.  For the first time, Nenita Farms at Marapangi, Toril flings its doors open to the public by way of holding “Kadayawan sa Nenita Farms,” a barrio fiesta style of celebrating along with the City’s famed annual festival.  A whole day affair of fun, food and games awaits the visitor to this seemingly mysterious place that was once off limits to the public, the main reason being the sensitive nature of raising swine in huge quantities. At one time, when the business boomed, the place was aptly nicknamed “Porks Park,” alluding to the enclave of the rich and famous Forbes Park in Makati. Not too many Davaoenos know that for more than forty years, Empire Joy Stud Farm also bred pure Thoroughbreds (race horses) of famous winning stock from England, US and Australia in the same property that rolls gently up to the foothills of Mt.Talomo.  No more. The piggery has been moved to a province north of the City and only a few thoroughbreds remain. In their stead now stands a monumental oval race track that can give the Sta. Ana Race Track of Manila (now in Carmona, Cavite) a run for their money.  World class in its size, track and equipment, the facility, now named San Antonio Park, is a Davao jewel waiting to be discovered. Not to forget the storied Malayan House, a wooden, South East Asian-inspired country house sitting atop the vast land, where who’s who in Philippine high society, commerce and industry and politics were entertained.

            “Kadayawan sa Nenita Farms” is therefore an event you woudn’t want to miss in this Kadayawan.  Aside from experiencing a thoroughly different environment for a change, the festivities will showcase the different products and services of the Anflocor Group of Compnies, to which Nenita Farms belongs, and will highlight the grandest fun horse races in the brand new oval race track! Come and feel the exhilarating world of horse racing!  Jump in excitement as you watch your favourite horses run the 2-kilometer race track and rush with their last ounce of energy to the finish line! Ohh, and the cash prizes! Many other games on horseback are lined up, such as the Barrel Race, Trip to Jerusalem On a Horse, Pole Bending, and Beer Drinking contest among others. Visitors will be encouraged to join line dancing and do the barn dance at Malayan House.

The horse events are being held in cooperation with the Davao Horse Club – in a partnership with Empire Joy Stud Farm that goes back 14 years of staging the Davao Horse Show & Competition. Horse aficionados and horsemen from Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon are expected to join in the fun in this first ever Kadayawan sa Nenita Farms. The date is set – August 10, Saturday and the  celebration starts at ten in the morning.  Mark the date.

P4.5-M KDJM races on Sunday

HE Klub Don Juan De Manila (KDJM) Derby unwraps on Sunday (Oct. 2) at the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park (SLLBP) in Carmona, Cavite, featuring the country’s top gallopers.


Top favorite Magna Carta, owned by Leyte Mayor Sandy Javier with ace jockey Jessie Guce at the helm, will be challenged by 11 gallopers disputing the P1.5 million top prize from the total pot of P4.5 million tossed in by Resorts World Manila, Don Antonio Floirendo Sr., David Chester of Magic Millions of Australia and Instone Asia.


Jun Almeda’s Golden Empire, fresh from winning the fourth leg of the Philracom Juvenile Colts, leads the field in the Juvenile Colts Race, while recent fillies winner Humble Riches from the stable of Kenneth M. Causon heads the KDJM Juvenile Fillies. Both the Colts and Fillies races are set at 1,400 meters.


“We expect interesting battles in this year’s edition of the races” said KDJM president Ferdie Dimaisip and Director John Lagasca.


Magna Carta’s top challengers include Lord of War, Triple Crown first leg winner Hari ng Yambo, Cheese Mosa and imported runners Dona Nenita and Senyora Nenita of the Floirendo Stable in the race that gives P300,000 to the runner-up, P150,000 third-placer and P60,000 fourth-placer.


The 1,900-meter Don Antonio Floirendo Golden Girls Stakes will spice up today’s schedule, with eight horses featured led by My Hope, Rain Shower, Botbo, Lucky Find, Dancing Gissele, Denise Song, Rain Shower and Santeria. The winner gets P300,000, second-placer P112,500 third-placer P62,500 and fourth-placer P25,000.


Also given an outside chance in the Derby set over a lung- busting 2,000 meters are Boss Gee, High Voltage, Born Tycoon, Kitten’s Champ and Thirdy-Thirdy.


Golden Empire, the handsome colt by the Danehill Stallion Minsk out of Almeda’s champion stayer Golden Ballet, dispatched the field in wire-to-wire fashion last week, with Kevin Abobo on the reins. Abobo will ride the long-striding colt anew.


Also in the colts race are Pleasantly Perfect, Steel Creation, Patron Yonamizmo, Kidlat and Isa Pa Isa Pa. Also competing in the fillies are Spring Collection, Lavish Love, Time to Shine Dad, Alpha Alleanza and Fair wind.(pr)

12th Davao Horse Show, a jumping success

The Malaybalay Horsemen in cavalry formation in the Parade of Horses, the 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition at SM City Davao Exhibition Grounds.(GW Misa)
Asian Games Gold Medalist and Celebrity Equestrian Mikee C. Jaworski (middle) livens up the Awards Night of the 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition. From the left, Davao Horse Club’s Melody Gonzales, President Jeric Olaguer, emcee George W. Misa and Junjun Lim.

12th Davao Horse Show A Jumpin’ Success

The recently concluded 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition was a huge success, this according to the president of the event’s host, the Davao Horse Club, Atty. Gerardo “Jeric” Olaguer. By the number of participants alone, it was record-breaking at 121 people registered – horse lovers all, from children to teenagers to horsemen and women. And they came from all over the country. From Clark and Subic in Luzon to Cebu and Bohol in the Visayas and Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay and Impasugong, Bukidnon in Mindanao. Olaguer said that this was the first time horsemen from the former American bases participated in the annual Davao competition, proving that it is attracting nationwide interest, he gleefully added, savoring the successful conclusion of the event held at the Exhibition Grounds of SM City Davao.
Leading to the Opening Ceremonies, the unique sports spectacle began with a Parade of Horses with each participating club proudly showing-off its authentic cowboy get-up on board their horses of different breeds, sizes and colors, marching to the exotic beat of the agong, the kulintang and native drums. Guest of Honor and Speaker was Mr. Hermie Esguerra, owner of Herma Farms, today’s foremost breeder of champion race horses in the country. In his speech, Mr. Esguerra commended the Davao Horse Club for not losing its focus in promoting horse sport all these years while shoring up community support in the endeavor.
The two-day competition showed the crowd of eager spectators (growing in numbers thru the years) how games on horseback are played, such as the American Barrel Race and the Obstacle Race in different divisions: Kiddies, Youth, Novice, Auxiliary, Intermediate and Expert. For the non-competitive, there was the Royal Division. To cap each day’s thrilling rides, there was the Oval Race that went like the real horse races in Sta. Ana, Manila and never failed to take the Davaoeno spectator’s breath away. To end the grueling competition and put back the horse people in relax mode, there were fun games on horseback like relay and beer drinking contests.
Though the Malaybalay horsemen took home the Team Award for the most number of wins, members of the Davao Horse Club clearly proved the effectiveness of their maxim which is “The family that rides together, stays together.” Two families dominated some of the games and took home much-deserved honors: the Batu-Gonzales family saw their youngest, Nikki Boy, win first place in the Barrel Race and his sister Alyssa, third in the Youth Division. Their father, Dr. Dean Gonzales, taking a leap from his previous stint in the non-bearing Royal Division last year, was third in the Novice Division in the difficult Obstacle Race. Similarly, two brothers were champions in their respective divisions in the Barrel Race: Patrick Angel Tuazon in the Novice Division and Jay A. Tuazon in the Intermediate Division. Both are taking-up medicine at the Davao Medical School Foundation. Other Davao Horse Club father/son and brother tandems are Andrew Tan and his son Koby Troy who both compete in the Expert Division and the Ledesma brothers, Jody and Martin, in the Intermediate Division. Not to forget the mothers, Melody Gonzales and Rachel Tan, who have competed in the past but have taken other chores in hosting the event.
As a culminating activity, the traditional Awards Night was held cook-out style at the competition venue. Live rockin’ country music was served by the Davaoeno hosts to spice up the affair. To top it all, Asian Games Show Jumping gold medalist, celebrity equestrian Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski joined the fun in support of the sport and the efforts of the Davao Horse Club. She obliged the crowd of fellow horse lovers with a couple of popular songs, a fitting end to the 12th Davao Horse Show & Competition.
report by george w. misa

12th Davao Horse Show on April 24-25



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.

The public is invited to this unique summer sports spectacle. Admission is free! Yeehaaah!(gwmisa)

Team Davao wins Governor’s Cup in Cebu

In an unprecedented show of strength and skill, members of Team Davao of the Davao Horse Club clearly dominated both the English and Western events in the just-concluded Governor’s Cup 2008 Cebu Horse Show & Competition held in Mandaue City, February 15-17, 2008. In so doing, Davao clinched the coveted Governor’s Cup as overall Champion, trouncing teams from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Impasugong and Malaybalay of Bukidnon, Ormoc, Dumaguete and Bohol. The huge trophy was presented by the Governor of the Province of Cebu herself, the Hon.Gwen Garcia, in a Hollywood-style Awards Night at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). The Cebu Horse Show & Competition signaled the start of a new season in the Philippine Horsemen’s Federation competition circuit.

Jose Salvador “Pete” Batu, President of the Davao Horse Club and his wife, Esperanza, led the power-packed Davao delegation consisting of nine riders, their families and other members of the Club. The whole event itself was unprecedented in its pomp and pageantry, evidently the result of full support given by the Provincial Government of Cebu and the local government of Mandaue City to the organizers, the Cebu Equine Owners and Breeders Sportsmen’s Association (CEOBSA). In the opening ceremony, Governor Garcia, the first woman governor of Cebu, led the parade on horseback from CICC to Mandaue City’s reclamation area, venue of the competition, with members of the various participating clubs following her on their steeds. Calesas, still very much in use in Cebu City’s downtown area, came in colorful Spanish era embellishments while drum and bugle corps marched along in cadence. At the venue’s grandstand, dancers in fabulous Filipiniana costumes opened the program in lavish style.

The Awards Night held at the foyer of the CICC was no less spectacular. Before the overflowing buffet dinner table was opened, Cebu’s best classical singers began the evening’s program with an Italian prayer in song and followed it up with favorite Broadway hits. Male dancers in an American-Indian themed number preceded the dramatic entrance from a wigwam on stage by the lovely lady governor in long gown with matching Indian design, carrying the tall Governor’s Cup. One of Cebu’s top bands provided excellent dance music for all.

The gutsy horsemen from the Visayas and Mindanao deserved all that, it seemed. The rain-soaked competition grounds proved to be a risky challenge for them, contending with sticky mud and dangerous mud pits in the 2-day event. Immediately on the first day, Davao showed its dominance in the sport by capturing first places in Show Jumping and Barrel Race. Kobi Troy Tan, 2-time Rider of the Year in Youth Division (2006 & 2007) and now elevated to the Expert Divison, led the Davao winners on board his Anglo-Arab grey mare Star Nile by capturing three first places, repeating the feat of his father, Andrew, last year and teammate George Walter Misa in 2006.

Taking home a total of 14 individual awards, Davao’s trophy harvest consisted of the following: First Place finish: Show Jumping, Category B, Kobi Troy Tan; Show Jumping for Cause (Operation Smile), George Walter Misa; Barrel Race, Expert Division, Class A, Kobi Troy Tan; Auxiliary Division, Ronaldo Gonzaga from GWM Stables; Obstacle Race, Class A, Kobi Troy Tan and Royal Division, Dean Gonzales. Second Place finish: Show Jumping, Category A, George Walter Misa; Category B, Miko Gonzales; Barrel Race, Class B, Martin Ledesma; Youth, Nikki Boy Gonzales. Third Place finish: Barrel Race, Class A, George Walter Misa; Royal Division, Dean Gonzales; Obstacle Race, Class B, Martin Ledesma; Oval Race, Big Shot.

The final day of competition, when the tricky Obstacle Race was held, spills and falls (and swimming in mud for rider and horse) was par for the course. Team Davao lost two first place positions this way, as their horses, at top speed, tripped and tumbled in the ever-deepening mud on the way to the finish line. Despite the heartbreaking losses, however, the Team made it to the top of the heap. And in the glittery Awards Night, it was Davao’s time to shine once again. As the name of the winner of the Governor’s Cup was announced with fanfare, a loud cheer thundered across the hall and fireworks lit up the night sky. gwm

Batu is new Davao Horse Club President

Erstwhile big biker and founding president of On Any Sunday Riders Club, Jose Salvador “Pete” T. Batu is the new president of the Davao Horse Club, the pioneering organization for horse sport in Southern Mindanao. He succeeds Francis R. Ledesma at the helm of the Club.

The big switch from riding the iron horse to the real horse for the new president happened eight years ago when he was invited to join a trail ride by members of the then-emerging group of horse enthusiasts. According to the businessman and bon vivant himself, the change was rather quick. The trail ride rekindled his cowboy days in General Santos where he spent his younger years. Now at 65, he has proven himself as still the able rider and horseman, leading the pack in the toughest of trail rides and gamely competing in the Royal Category of the annual horse competition circuit of the Philippine Horsemen’s Federation.

“I love the Davao Horse Club,” Batu so proudly declares, adding that apart from getting a different high from galloping on a horse, the Club is truly a family-oriented organization. And the cowboy certainly means what he says. Because of this love for the sport and the Club, he has brought practically his whole family into the sport – from his wife Esperanza (Neneng) to his children and grandchildren. Though Neneng herself doesn’t ride, she is known to support her husband totally in Club activities (like cooking delicious food for meetings and trail rides) while his son Petejun and daughter Melody and son-in-law Dean Gonzales have become horse lovers and active members of the Club. And so have his grandchildren Mikko, Alyssa and Nikki Boy who are now themselves competing in horse shows. The family maintains a stable of Arabian and half Arabian horses.

To ensure the success of his term as president, Batu has enlisted the full support of all the Club’s past presidents by appointing them as officers. These are Bong Ledesma, Sally and Benedicto Lim, Jr., George W. Misa, Andrew Tan and Jeric Olaguer. Add to this list of officers Tito Sorongon, Chelo Tan, Luchie Olaguer, Albert and Carol Angel and Dean Gonzales. Likewise, he has appointed the following as directors: Mike Dizon, Vic Noble, James Velasco, Marlon Mabanag and Danny Barlis. On January 27, they were all sworn into office by Councilor Danny Dayanghirang (a horse rider himself in his hometown in Davao Oriental) representing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at Marina Park Stables, Home of the Davao Horse Club.

Pete Batu, the big biker-turned-horseman may have big plans for the Davao Horse Club for 2008 but as plans go, these can change. Eldest grandchild and budding rider, Mikko Gonzales, describes his lolo’s passion thus, “what cannot change is his big heart for the family, horseback riding and his love for the Club.” gwm

Pete Batu (extreme right).(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)