1st Davao Oriental Horseshow and Competition: A Jump Towards Fast-tracking Development

DAHICAN, CITY OF MATI – It was history made perfect and complemented with strength, vision for wellness, fine weather, and a big push for the Davao Oriental’s agri-ecotourism, as the province staged its first Horseshow and Competition as an enormous part of the 51st Founding Anniversary of Davao Oriental, held in the vastness of the Provincial Sports Complex in Dahican, City of Mati.

Davao Oriental Sports Complex

Davao Oriental Sports Complex

Horsemen, various horse clubs and horseriders association, such as Davao Horse Club, Agusan  del Sur Horseriders Association, Malaybalay Horsemen Association, Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon Horsemen Association,  Cagayan de Oro Horsemen Association, and Manayboro Horse Club, and even one from Visayas, braved the distance and the hefty sum it cost them, particularly in transporting their horses from their respective places to Davao Oriental just to participate in the event that metamorphosed through ages.

Young and seasoned riders included Alex and Anthony Elorde, Diego Ilustrado, Robert Villamor, Niel de la Cerna, Rea Pelaez, Amor Amestrado, and Mayor Edwin Marcelino from the municipality of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang who rode a horse himself, led the lighting of the cauldron, signaling the start of the competition.

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang led the lighting of the cauldron

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang led the lighting of the cauldron

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Eric Dagmang gave the rationale of holding the activity, despite the fact that it really meant big work.

“The aim of this activity is to strengthen support to the agriculture and livestock industry in the province,” he explained.

However, Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang expounded, and gave a far more in-depth explanation to the importance of horses in the lives of the people.

“Let us remember that years back, horses were one of the means of transportation, and were used in transporting agricultural products to the market which sustained the living of the farmers. And even now, horses are still used in far-flung barangays. So we can just imagine how valuable the horses are to the farmers,” he furthered.

He added that horseback riding is also one way to strengthen family ties, as each member of the family can do very well indulge in endearing to their importance and vitality.

The competition started with riders competing in the Oval-Category, Novice, Expert, and Auxillary categories.


Gov. Dayanghirang disclosed the plan of organizing a horse club in the province.

The  1st Davao Oriental Horseshow and Competition was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial Agriculture Office, Mr. Ednar Carlos Dayanghirang, in collaboration with the Philippine Horsemen Federation, through their president, Atty. Gerry Olaguer.

The event gathered 80 riders and 50 horses of different breed, enjoying the warmth of Davao Oriental’s hospitality and exquisite taste to victory in all endeavors.

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