Itanagar: 1st Itanagar Horse Show and Regional Equestrian Meet Gets Underway



Adding to the variety of the 33rd Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh, 1st Itanagar Horse Show and Regional Equestrian Meet kick started today amongst huge crowd specially enthralling the young children with a Tent Pegging Display to take forward the equestrian sport in the state organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Equestrian Association.

The key participants of the program are NCC, Assam Police, ITBP Lohitpur, Assam Rifles, 3 Corps, 4 Corps, Equestrian Federation of Assam & Assam Valley School. A total of 119 riders and 38 horses will perform at the 3-Day long event.

Attending the event as Chief Guest Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein urged the Arunachal Pradesh Equestrian Association to take forward the sport as the state has a wide scope for Adventure Sports and that such sport has the potential to attract tourist. He also appreciated the participants for coming over to the state.

While congratulating the organizers, he also extended support from the state government in introducing the horse riding sport and also in other fields like tourism, agriculture, horticulture etc and ring forward a new Arunachal.

Satya Gopal Chief Secretary, the Guest of Honor for the 1st Day of the event while addressing the gathering said that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with the 1st ever Equestrian meet and foundation of Arunachal Pradesh Equestrian Association it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of State.

 “There are many things for us to learn from the horses, the grace and the poise as well as the stamina of horse is unparallel, the will to overcome obstacles and reach the destiny is a quality that administrators need to imbibe in themselves in today’s context” said Chief Secretary. The event should motivate the youths to mount the horse and overcome the obstacles and achieve new heights of glory and achievements, he added.

Expressing his gratitude for a grand event at such a short notice Chief Secretary also informed that over the next two days the organizers has planned a series of events for the interest of riders and public at large so as to groom and attract local talent.

This meet shall serve as a platform to kindle the interest of youth towards Equestrian sport and horse riding. On this occasion to encourage the participants Honorable Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister have decided to give away medals in the top three categories and honorarium to all the participating team, informed the Chief Secretary. He also remembered the Martyrs of the Pulwama attack.

Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan while welcoming all briefed in detail about the event. He also informed that the Equestrian Association of Arunachal Pradesh is a registered society and affiliated with the Arunachal Olympic Association. He said that with the beginning of the event, the State will now witness the growth of the Equestrian sport in the State.

The jury members of the event are Brig. K.S Rao (Retd.) from the Remount and Veterinary Corps, S. Ramakrishna, Retd. IPS Officer, B.K Dey, Retd. IPS Officer, Dr. Tekchand Commandant, Veterinary in ITBP.

Lakhan Mittal won the show jumping children I category , while Karan Ngatay Bam and Yuvraj Surekha tied for second place. Keshav Mour took the forth place.

Anikaith A Joshi came first in the show jumping children II category and Prashuk Jain came in at second place.

The meet would last from 19th-21st February next at the1st AAP B.N Ground, BHQ Chimpu, Itanagar.


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