The Japalouppe Equestrian Centre,located at Talegaon,will hold the fourth edition of their annual equestrian games from February 10 to 12. The event,which will have 30 games,is one of the handful that are held across the country as far as equestrian sports are concerned.
Rohan More,who started the centre along with his mother Lorraine,says,Equestrian sports have a very niche following and limited exposure here. Through the event,we wish to promote the sport not only among professional riders,but also more importantly among the youth and children. To do that,we have games for different age groups.
More added that as of now,they will have around 100 participants divided into nine teams. Sustaining the tournament over the last five years has been an uphill task but the event has grown since its inception in 2008,he said. We took a break in 2010,when we were not allowed to host any equestrian event because of the flu scare. However,the event has picked up since then. In 2008,we began with only four teams and had 40 participants but now we have grown to 100 participants and nine teams,which is a good sign. Moreover,this will ensure that there will be a steady build-up of participants at the games.
The event,which is spread across various age groups,will have childrens,juniors,open,beginner and confined categories. The events in these categories include show jumping top score,show jumping challenge,show jumping relay,pole bending,flag race,bucket and ball race and barrel racing. The confined category will only have four events the equitation class,show jumping normal,show jumping top score and pole bending.
More said over 50 horses will participate in the event. More importantly,schools like Delhi Public School,Vashi,the Amateur Riding Club of Mumbai and private competitors will also participate. We have had around 500 entries for the events, he added. The centre was set up in 1999 with a view to encourage horse riding among people. The centre has over 60 horses and it provides consultation services to clients across the country.
Take the case of horse racing,which is so popular because of the money involved. Equestrian sports have had little exposure though there are centres across the country that can do so. Events like these will bring the sports to the masses. It will also help the sport find sponsorship, he says.