Saturday, March 7, 2015

iSportlife Holds its First Equestrian Cup at the Manila Polo Club West Field

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It's amazing to see horseback riders gallop their way towards a destination. It seems so easy as they sometimes would gracefully trek a path that we would normally take longer. Their long legs will indeed take you farther than any man can manage to do on his won without any help from a motorized or with engine vehicle. It is also not everyday you would see horses being rode in Manila but we got a glimpse of this very rare occasion at the Manila Polo Club in Makati.

We have to thank Mr. Butch Albert for giving us the opportunity to see horses in all their glory. Just how they were meant to be. Riding together with their rider as one. The man behind iSportlife Inc., (FILA Philippines), a leading distributor and wholesaler of world-class sport shoes and apparel, sponsored the 1st iSportlife Equestrian Cup held last February 28, 2015 at the West Polo Field of the Manila Polo Club located in Makati city, and participated by competitive by a few young riders of the upper class. Of course, this kind of sport is so high-end that not too many can possibly join just like that.

Though the sun was hot, it was the perfect weather for the much-awaited competition. It would be quite hard to play this kind of sport under the rain, and the horses react to sudden lightnings and thunder. Thus this sport is perfect to be played during the summer time. Since June is officially the rainy season, we still have a few more months to spend. I'm betting this will be an annual affair so many would surely be interested in joining again next year

We should know that equestrian is not an ordinary sport that can be played just about anywhere. You need a huge field just like the one at Manila Polo Club if you want to duplicate the same competition. Equestrian is truly a competitive sport.

Equestrian refers to the skill of riding, driving, steeple chasing or vaulting with horses. Before every competition, the horses undergo a ‘dressage’ or progressive training process composed of high-level of impulsion, collection, and obedience programs to be able to successfully perform a wide variety of disciplines.   

The sport involves ‘show jumping’ comprising of a timed event judged on the ability of the horse and rider tandem to jump over a series of obstacles, in a given order and with the fewest refusals or knockdowns of portions of the obstacles. It is an accident prone sport thus the riders are expected to have proper training and to intimately bond with their own stallion for a more effective execution of the special moves involved in the competition.

This is the first time this kind of competition was held in the Philippines. There were 4 categories competed by determined riders that all showed their enthusiasm in claiming a spot among the top winners: 
First Category is the 0.75 m class and emerging as winners were The Mac Daddy in 1st place, Serena in 2nd place and Katy Du Pasquier in 3rd place.

Second Category is the 0.90 m class where Odeon won 1st place, followed by Laika D’ Archonfosse and then Gameboy in 3rd position.

Third Category is the 1.00 m class. The winners were Pablo De Ronin in 1st place, Gameby in 2nd place and Noria De Causse in 3rd.
Fourth and Last Category is the 1.10 m class. Azaid De Sainte-Hermelle bagged the 1st place, Noria De Causse was 2nd and Rubis got the 3rd place spot.

The judge of the said competition was Ms. Marivic Cortes and the Course Builder was Mr. Jones Lanza. Announcer was Mr. David Reynolds.

Cocktails followed immediately after the awarding ceremonies at the Last Chukker Garden of the Manila Polo Club.

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