Police Public School to make horse riding mandatory

Mounted Police imparting training in horse riding to students of Police Public School at the Horse Park in Mysuru on Saturday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram  

A month-long training programme in horse riding for some students of Police Public School turned out to be such a hit that the school authorities as well as the senior police officials are now planning to make the exercise mandatory for senior students.

The Mounted Police, on an experimental basis, organised a month-long training programme for 21 students of the school, including five girls and 16 boys, belonging to classes 7 to 10. “We wanted to identify young talent so that they can be encouraged to take up equestrian and other sports”, said Commandant of Mounted Police, Mysuru, R. Janardhan. “We want to continue providing training to students. The school is planning to not only make it compulsory, but also include it in the school curriculum”, said City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda after attending the valedictory ceremony of the training programme held at Horse Park opposite Windflower Resorts on Chammappaji Road near Chamundi Hills on Saturday.

Though most students in the school are children of police personnel, even a few children of civilians will be given training in horse riding.

Horse riding is considered to be a healthy exercise for body as well as the mind. “It will help in building confidence in the children”, Mr. Janardhan added. If a decision is taken by the senior police officials, the children of the school can be accommodated in batches.

Training can be provided by the senior mounted police personnel.

About four to five students in the batch, which completed its month-long training, show some promise. The students will initially walk the horse before cantering and trotting. Vice-Principal of Police Public School B. Nanda said there was provision to include horse riding as a co-scholastic programme under CBSE. The school was considering a proposal to include both horse riding and swimming as a co-scholastic programme, she added.

21 students from classes 7 to 10 underwent monthlong training

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