HAVANA._ An auction of showjumping horses has illustrated the diversity and development of equine commercial and tourism options available to visitors to Cuba.
The National Wildlife Protection Enterprise (NWPE) and the Dutch DVL STUD company were behind the 6th Havana Elite 2015 sales of Royal Dutch Blood showjumping horses.
Held at the Havana Equestrian Club in Parque Lenin from January 29 to 31, the auction has added credit to an event that is turning into a tradition and attracting the attention of many experts from around the world.
On this occasion, a total of 33 Royal Dutch Bloods were sold, of which 24 had been ridden and 9 were unbroken.
During the first two days, bidders, mostly from Europe and Latin America, had an opportunity to evaluate the abilities of the stock for sale.
This event served to demonstrate the results and potential of equestrian sports development in Cuba.
The NWPE, which is affiliated to the Ministry for Agriculture, is tasked with the conservation and development of the nation´s natural resources and equine gene pool.
The enterprise employs a sustainable use strategy which contributes to enhancing environmental awareness and social development in rural areas.
NWPE promotes a nationwide program which has 40 equine, 8 mule and 5 donkey genetic centers, and a semen extraction and freezing laboratory where equine embryo transplants are also performed.
The enterprise oversees ranches for 17 horse breeds of which the Arabic, Dappled Cuban, Cuban Paso, Creole Trotter, Barcino Gait, Quarter Horse and the aforementioned Royal Dutch Blood stand out. It also provides equine therapy services in partnership with the ministries of Public Health and Education.
The principal beneficiaries of these services, for which excellent results are reported by both patients and families, are adults and children who suffer from different illnesses and conditions.
NWPE also has an equestrian school with branches in five provinces, where horses and riders are specially trained for the jumping and dressage.
A Spanish equestrian arts school is soon to open.
This is a strategy intrinsically linked to tourism, medical treatments, sports –both showjumping and racing– and to a new commercial Cuban asset mfor the Latin American market.
Cuba has 17,000 horses of 17 breeds and 40 farms while NWPE, Alcona and the Ecotur Travel Agency jointly operate a balanced system that can organize these auctions.Share on FB Share on TT