Capt Rajpurohit bags gold; 61 Cavalry team silver in Delhi Horse Show

Capt Rajpurohit bags gold; 61 Cavalry team silver in Delhi Horse Show

Agency News

New Delhi, Apr 4: Indian Army officer Capt Anant Rajpurohit has bagged the Gold medal in the ongoing Delhi Horse Show Novice Jumping Top score while 61 Cavalry team won the Silver in Grade 3 Jumping normal team.

A defence official said, "Capt Rajpurohit won the gold medal in the Delhi Horse show novice jumping top score." More than 500 competitors are displaying their skills in four different categories at the show which will culminate on April 7.

Around 400 horses are participating in the event which got underway on Friday. Competitors are grouped in four categories senior, young rider, junior and children.

Participating teams and contingents include those from the Army, paramilitary, police forces, riding clubs, institutes, schools and colleges.

The events will be conducted in the early morning and late in the evening under floodlights

The Delhi Horse Show has been in existence since the early 20th century. Pre independence, it was the most important equestrian event which attracted all equine enthusiasts to descend to Delhi from all parts of the country. The tradition has continued and it remains India’s premier Horse Show.

However, it was discontinued in 1979 as the grounds of the Red Fort were no longer available and as a result the public interest waned. The show was revived in 1986 under the aegis of the President's Estate Polo Club and now the show is being conducted by the Army Polo & Riding Centre at the Army Equestrian Centre here.

This show will feature events ranging from the more serious Dressage and Show Jumping events for India's top riders to fun gymkhana events for children and teenagers.

"The participants range from 3 years of age to India's top senior riders. The participation in the Horse Show has increased after the Indian Eventing Team won 2 Silver Medals at last year's Asian Games at Jakarta," officials said. (UNI)