Thousands gather for 9th Annual Horsefest-Clark

THE 9th Annual Horsefest in Clark once again made history as it gathered over 7,500 horse breeders, trainers, aficionados and enthusiasts from Central Luzon and all over the country for a two-day state-fair inspired event.

Touted as one of the biggest crowd-drawing event in the Freeport, the festival held recently at the CDC Parade Ground, was highlighted by a magnificent exhibit of horses and activities such as the obstacle course, harness, horse equitation, and assorted mounted games.

“The festival featured our one-of-a-kind signature competitions like the Hunter Jumper, Tilbury Racing, Barrel Racing, and the Equestrian Ride to Music, which is an adaptation of Freestyle Dressage—a performance using music and showing the different gaits and forming various configurations with the accompaniment of music,” Rina LaO, owner of the El Kabayo Riding Stables and chief organizer of the Horsefest said.

She added that new lined-up activities and programs made this year’s fest more exciting, one of which is The Great Kalesa Challenge, a launch event of Horsefest using the kalesa.

LaO furthered that aside from horse events, attendees also enjoyed activities for all ages.

“As you know, we are not solely a “horse” event. We stand by our tag line: There is something for everyone. So this year, we really see to it that we come up with a wholesome family festival where all members can enjoy. For the 9th Horsefest, we once again invited a variety of food merchants and food trucks, set up trade booths, and had our annual Maddog Poker Run. New activities like the Bounce House, Oculus Archery, Air Soft Shooting, Horseback Riding, Chili Cookfest and on-the-spot painting workshop facilitated by artists from Antipolo were also part of the event,” she shared.

“In the evening, we had the Maddog Cowgirl Pageant, bonfire with marshmallow roasting, and fireworks display which capped our two-day fiesta” she continued.

LaO relayed that the 9th Horsefest’s success is attributed to the festival’s growing number of attendees and delegation from all parts of the Philippines and abroad.

This year, additional teams from Baguio, Davao Horse Club, Rodeo Masbateno, Central Luzon State University, and the Australian Mounted Games Association graced the event.

She concluded that with the yearly feats of Horsefest and the El Kabayo Riding Stables in Clark, she and her husband Gabby, is committed to give back thru their Corporate Social Responsibility program.

“We’d like to push through our advocacy to launch a Hippotherapy program for differently abled children. This program which will use horse interaction, is a very effective way of helping kids with special needs,” she said.

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