Horse riding, a new craze among youngsters in Punjab

November 14th, 2007 - 2:57 am ICT by admin  
Chandigarh, Oct 27 (ANI): Equestrian sport is the latest craze among youngsters in Punjab.

Youngsters love riding horses. They also hope that one day equestrian sports will be a paying career.

The Chandigarh Horse Riding School which started four years ago, with three horses and three kids, now boasts of 20 horses for 60 students.

Fourteen-year-old Pukhraj Singh is a role model for the kids in the riding school.

“By the time I reach my age of 25 and I will have to look for a job. As of now, India does not have any opportunity for horse riders,” said Singh.

Recent, trends show that more girls are taking to horse riding.

“The one thing missing in the country is a girls’ polo team. So, we are now looking forward to start a girls’ first polo team in the country. We’ll be the first ones to do so. I think by the next one or one-and-a-half years, we should have enough girls who can start polo in this town,” said J S Toor, owner of the school.

Toor said that after retirement from the race course, the horses make a fresh start.

“We pick up horses from the race courses as horses retire at the age of 7 and a half, 8 years old. The animal is good enough for the next 15 years like we have animals competing at the age of 19 in the national and international circuit. We train them and if they are doing well in equestrian events like jumping or polo, the price jumps from 0 to 3 lakhs,” said Toor.

Tent pegging, show jumping, polo, dressage and riding - the sport demands the highest level of professionalism from both horse and rider.

Horses and humans are joined together in a long common history. It is and it will remain forever. (ANI)

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