A purebred horse auction held recently in Cuba raised 541,000 Euro for the improvement of horse breeds and the protection the country’s flora and fauna, according to a spokesperson for the National Enterprise for Flora and Fauna Protection (ENPFF).

Held at Havana’s Equestrian Club on February 13, in the framework of the 7th Elite Jumping Horse Auction, the event was attended by buyers from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Panama.

A purebred horse auction held recently in Cuba raised 541,000 Euro for the improvement of horse breeds and the protection the country’s flora and fauna, according to a spokesperson for the National Enterprise for Flora and Fauna Protection (ENPFF).The auction is organized on a yearly basis by ENPFF, a institution that belongs to the Cuban Agriculture Ministry, in conjunction with Holland’s VDL-Stud and the participation of the Alcona S.A. company and the Ecotur S.A. travel agency.

Edgardo Carulla, a specialist with the ENPFF, explained that the first purebred Holland horses raised at VDL-Stud, one of Europe’s best horse raising centers, were brought to Cuba in 2005 (four mares and 14 three-year-old fillies).

Every year, Carulla noted, the Rancho Azucarero ranch in Artemisa province, welcomes a large group of horses age two to three years.

These animals are trained and raised with the same care that they are given in Holland.

The ranch already has 30 mares and two stallions to increase the breed numbers and applies insemination techniques using imported semen from the best purebred stallions in Europe.

A team of specialists working on the ranch is in charge of supervising all morphological and raising parameters, as well as the standard growth curve for this breed. The objective is to achieve a balance between growth indicators and the food and care needed for each stage.

Carulla said that magnificent examples of this horse breed, both mported and Cubaborn, can be seen at the Equestrian Club in Parque Lenin, a recreational center on the outskirts of Havana. They are trained by local trainers and riders, and are sold at the Elite Auction held every year in the capital.

The horse named Grandeur, born to Indorado and Cálido, was the best sold at the recent auction, for 48,000 Euro.

The event last three days and during the first two potential buyers examine the conditions of the horses through veterinaries, horse keepers and trainers.

Some horses sold at these auctions have won Pan-American and Central American competitions, the ENPFF added.

This Holland breed originally comes from the northern region of that country and has been conceived for developing equestrian sport competitions.

The origin of this specimen is relatively recent; a group of trainers and horse experts wanted a horse with the attributes of modern horse riding champions: elegant, strong, good bone structure and high performance, to be able to meet the new requirements for this sport.

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