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Posted By: JR

FROM my long time school friend, Gabby la’ O, I received his annual invitation to the Horse Festival of the Clark Freeport Zone on November 26 and 27.

This gathering of various activities centralized on horses, is open to the public and is a continuous “work in progress”. The participation of many of horse enthusiasts has made the event’s organizers expect this yearly horse activity to emerge and be established as a main annual event of the Clark Freeport Zone and is regularly scheduled on the last weekend of November.

To be held at the El Kabayo Riding Stables on Clark’s picnic grounds on Main Avenue, the event starts on November 26 with the registration of the participants for the various events. There will be a grand parade of horses and carriages during the welcome and opening ceremonies.

There will also be exhibitions on horseback (with a quadrille), sales of horse tack, feeds, and souvenirs.

At the Clark’s Centennial Road, the horse harness or tiburin races will be held. Aside from that, games like the barrel race, a “mad dog” race (without the horses but with motorcycles this time), an obstacle race, a cross country race and a jumping exhibition will be held during the two day festival.

This will definitely be exciting for horseback riders and non-riders alike.

Shall we see each other there?

Talking about horses, Steven Virata, secretary general of the Philippine Equestrian Federation (PEF) informed me of the national and international dressage events in two categories for the 2011 National Indoor Dressage Championships.

Karen Concepcion with New Zealand bred “SMEG Daylight”, won the Preliminary category and on her second horse, “Dernier Rivage”, Karen then took another Elementary category title with a score of 507 pts or 68.51%.

In the Medium Category, lone competitor Becca Dosch with Australian bred, “Lochart” established a score of 527 pts or 65.88% to take the class; Vitorrio Barba, competing on two horses in the advance category; won the class with 446 points or 67.5% on “Pavarott”, four points over his ride with “Royal Society”.

In the United States, Philippine banker Michael Oyson, based in New York, won a silver medal in the Prix St. George level at an international dressage competition in New Jersey. Mike earned a commendation from the President of the Ground Jury because of his stellar performance.

The National Indoor championship was officiated by international FEI judge Gisela Nilsson-Harding from Australia and national judge Marivic Cortes. The event gives our riders the opportunity to gain competition exposure in preparation for the highlight dressage competition of the year; the FEI World Dressage Challenge, scheduled for the first week of November.

Last year the Philippine dressage team, made a quantum leap beating New Zealand for third spot. In medium category, Vic Barba tied for second in a field of over twenty top rated competitors from 5 countries.

To all the horse afficionados, Congratulations……as you ride on to greater glories.

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