Equestrian events and show jumping under wet conditions have inherent risks, and this came to the fore on the concluding day of the Army Mela at Bannimantap Grounds on Sunday.
Light to moderate but incessant drizzle had left the ground wet and slippery. Yet, the Army personnel displayed good coordination with their horses.
Sepoy Sandeep Kumar received a standing ovation for the thrilling and successful completion of the triple tent pegging. This was followed by a similar act called Hanky Panky by Sepoy Subbaram, which entailed picking up three handkerchiefs one after the other in quick succession even as his stallion, Ujaala, galloped away with break-neck speed.
The cross-tent pegging in which two horses gallop in from one direction and the third from the other was spectacular. It was done by Sepoy Ranvir Singh astride his horse Junglee, Sepoy N.V. Singh on his horse Monica, and Sepoy Sandeep Kumar on his horse Nano.
During the jump show, Siddarth astride Marshal went about clearing the hurdles with élan but the horse, while approaching an obstacle slipped and both fell. Unperturbed, the man and his animal completed the hurdles in quick succession.
The performers were appreciated by a thunderous applause from the audience.