An Eques­trian Club

FOR AN AUC­TION OF EX­CEL­LENCE

On Cuba - - PERSPECTIVES - SOFÍA GAR­CÍA

THE HA­VANA EQUES­TRIAN CLUB, LO­CATED IN LENIN PARK, 12 KILO­ME­TERS FROM THE CAP­I­TAL AND AD­JA­CENT TO THE HORSEBACK RID­ING SCHOOL, IS AN IN­STAL­LA­TION EQUIPPED TO SHOW VIS­I­TORS THE SKILLS OF THE HORSES TRAINED THERE, AS WELL AS HOLD­ING THE USUAL IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ELITE AUC­TION OF SHOW JUMP­ING HORSES

TThe cen­ter has ca­pac­ity for more than 115 sta­bled horses, a trained staff and Cuba’s best rid­ers. It also has a com­fort­able coun­try mo­tel, a shop of eques­trian goods and a gas­tro­nomic com­plex fea­tur­ing typ­i­cal Cuban food.

Since 2009 the cen­ter has been host­ing and or­ga­niz­ing every year the fa­mous auc­tion, the com­pany’s star event. Its 8th edi­tion will take place Fe­bru­ary 12-15 next year, dur­ing which some 30 spec­i­mens will be auc­tioned, be­tween mounted horses and in free­dom, of the Dutch Warm­blood Horse breed. The par­tic­i­pants, who ar­rive from di­verse parts of the world, will ap­pre­ci­ate dur­ing the first two days the skills and phys­i­cal con­di­tions of the spec­i­mens be­ing auc­tioned. This next edi­tion will al­low for show­ing the re­sults and strengths in the de­vel­op­ment of the eques­trian sport in Cuba in re­cent years. Thanks to the spe­cial­ists’ great ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion, 17 breeds are al­ready be­ing re­pro­duced in Cuba, among them the Arab, Cuban pinto, Cuban step, Cuban trot, quar­ter horse and the much in de­mand Dutch Warm­blood.

In or­der to pro­vide a good show, in each auc­tion the Eques­trian Club has the col­lab­o­ra­tion of rec­og­nized Cuban cul­tural en­ti­ties that guar­an­tee a col­lat­eral pro­gram of ex­hi­bi­tions and sale of works of art, sou­venirs al­le­gor­i­cal to the eques­trian sport, crafts, mu­sic and other typ­i­cal na­tional prod­ucts.

The in­come col­lected by this project, which is also spon­sored by the Al­cona mar­ket­ing com­pany and the Eco­tur S. A. Travel Agency, is ded­i­cated to the Equine Ge­netic Na­tional Pro­gram, to the de­vel­op­ment of equine ther­apy and to projects for the con­ser­va­tion of the coun­try’s equine ge­netic fund.

The auc­tion will once again show the coun­try’s po­ten­tials in this sec­tor, to­gether with the vig­or­ous growth in the re­pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of breed horses.

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