Press Release

Tent Pegging, Horse Dance, March Past, Horse Decoration, Show Jumping

Jaipur, 5 December: The 9th ‘All India Indigenous Horse Show’ kick started today at the Rajasthan Polo Club in Jaipur.Mr. Janardhan Singh Gehlot, President of Rajasthan Olympic Association and the Vice President of Indian Olympic Association was the Chief Guest of the occasion. The event has been organised by Francesca Kelly and Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod of the Jaipur based Indigenous Horse Society of India.

The day began with March Past headed by Rawal Devendra Singh on the Nawalgarh horses from Shekhawati brigade. Francesca Kelly and Retired Col. Sarpratap Singh also accompanied the march.

The march past was followed by horse dancing, horses from Jaipur and Jhunjhunu districts. The dressed horses danced beautifully on the beats of dhol. The show further witnessed the Team Tent Pegging. Riders from Royal Logistics Corp; Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment; King’s Troop Royal House Artillery; Rajasthan Dundlod;   Banasthali Vidyapith; The Sanskriti School from Ajmer took part in the competition.

The tradition of horses has always been carried forward by some families of Jaipur. And people like Mr. Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod has not only tried to keep up the spirit and culture of indigenous horses alive but also believes in attaining recognition of the traditional horses activities on national and international level, said Mr Gehlot.

On the occasion Mr. Dundlod said that the thought behind the Indigenous Horse Show is to promote the Marwari horses and to establish that the Marwari horses are as good as any other horse breed in the world. He further added that to promote equestrian activities amongst the school – junior sections were encouraged to participate in the event.

Today 1st position in Decorated Horses and Horse Dance was bagged by ‘Albeli’, owned by Arvind from Nawalgarh. The 2nd position and 3rd position in decorated horse was bagged by ‘Chanchal’ owned by Mattadin and by ‘Resham’ owned by Kuber from Jaipur, respectively. The 2nd and 3rd position in horse dance was won by ‘Dhani’ and ‘Ali’ owned by Mattadin.

Similarly, the first position in Tent Pegging was Royal Logistics Corp with 56 points; second by Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment with 42 points; third by Rajasthan Dundlod with 36 points and 4th by King’s Troop Royal House Artillery with 28 points.

The judges for the show were Brigadier Govind Singh; Dr Sohan Singh Rathore; Rawal Devendra Singh; Annalla Cowan from Scotland and Ms. Kelly.

A unique feature of this event was that the British riders were riding indigenous horses in show. The second day of the show will witness individual tent pegging, best stallion, hunterseat, horse dance and team tent pegging – sword tomorrow at the Club. Competitions for best dressage, best colt, best filly, best stallion, best mare and best horse of the show will also be conducted.

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