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Equestrian Challenge begins at Auroville on Friday

A rider on the move at the Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge 2019, organised by Red Earth Riding School at Auroville near Puducherry on January 17, 2019. S.S. Kumar

A rider on the move at the Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge 2019, organised by Red Earth Riding School at Auroville near Puducherry on January 17, 2019. S.S. Kumar   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

Over 100 riders to take the field at the three-day event

Horses and jockeys will showcase their competitive skills at the Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge, which gets under way in Auroville on Friday.

An estimated 70 horses and over 100 riders will take the field at the three-day event.

“We expect a tightly competitive league given that the event is a gateway for qualifying for the junior national equestrian championship in Bengaluru in December,” Jacqueline Kapur, founder of Red Earth Riding School (RERS), which is hosting the competitions, told a press conference.

Horses and riders need to complete a given number of Regional Equestrian League events to earn a shot at the national-level championships hosted by the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI).

The championships begin with a 60 cm clear round. The dressage and show jumping events will feature several rounds, with graded degrees of difficulty. The obstacles for jumping events range from 60 cm to 1.20 m or more. Among the clubs expected to compete are the Madras School of Equitation, Chennai Equestrian Center, Chennai Mounted Police, the Bengaluru-based Flying Sea Stallion, Embassy International Riding School, Bengaluru Vijay Shankar’a Stables, Bengaluru King’s Farm, Bengaluru Equine Dreams and the Coimbatore Officers’ Training Academy. The jury comprises Brigadier Gyan Puri, K.C.S. Reddy and Kishore Futnani. Karthikeyan from Chennai Race Course is the veterinarian.

The RERS, with 30 horses in its stable, will have nine of its own along with their riders in the fray. The equestrian challenge, initiated in 2000, has grown leaps and bounds over the years. Not only does the event been attracting a larger number of participants with each passing year, it put the city on the national equestrian map.

“Over successive editions, we have seen first-hand the growing popularity of the sport across all ages as well as the dramatic improvement in riding skill sets," said Ms. Jacqueline.

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