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First Central American Purebred Spanish Horse Fair | Jan 13, 2010

Róger Solórzano Canales

The first Central American Purebred Spanish Horse Fair, which is also held along with the Fourth National Fair, is currently taking place at the Cocibolca Jockey Club, in the city of Granada. From today, Thursday 14 to Sunday 17, a great number of exhibitions and award ceremonies, as well as forums, equestrian shows and folkloric dance performances will be held.

During the press conference that was held yesterday, Ismael Reyes, President of the Nicaraguan Association of Breeders of Purebred Spanish Horses (ANCPRE), explained that the goal of the fair is to ease the encounter of breeders of the region and the exhibition of their horses. "This is the first time that we organize an event like this, and it will happen within five years from now. It is a rotative activity and has to be held in other countries", he said. The second edition will take place in Honduras or in Costa Rica.

The activities will start today, at 2:00 pm, with the judgment of horses and the election of the champions that will compete on the following days. Tomorrow, at 6:00 pm, there will be a dance performance by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) and, at the same hour on the following day, an equestrian show will be held. This one will be in charge of Cortijo El Rosario, property of the businessman and national breeder, Piero Coen Montealegre.

The fair, which has been dedicated to the pioneer and breeder Tomás Batalla, will have the presence of directives and expert judges of the Nicaraguan Association of Breeders of Purebred Spanish Horses (ANCPRE), an international entity located in Spain. Javier Conde, president of this association, mentioned that this Central American fair is a great accomplishment, due to all the effort and organization that takes organizing a similar event.

Alfonso del Castillo, Spanish judge, explained that one of the most interesting activities will be the functionality test (rarely practiced in Nicaragua) that will be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The event evaluates the step, trot and gallop of the four year old horses.

Breeders and horses from different regions of Nicaragua, in addition to Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica are participating in this fair. Ismael Reyes said that this event is a good opportunity to observe high genetic quality horses and even to choose some stallions.

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