The Amateurs Riders’ Club hosted the National Equestrian Championship 2019(NEC) in association with the Equestrian Federation of India(EFI), at the ARC Jumping Arena, Mahalaxmi Race Course.
The National Equestrian Championship – Novice Jumping showcased Asian Games rider Yashaan Zubin Khambatta, Swr Sunil K Bishnoi, Sanyogeeta Kadu, Ashish Limaye, Anvya Shah, and Ali Lakdawalla showcasing their riding prowess. The championship also witnessed ace bollywood actor Randeep Hooda participating for the first time in NEC show jumping.
The championship was held in the city after 21 years and was graced by dignitaries from various industries; Lt Gen A Ambre – PVSM, AVSM***, SM, Quarter Master General and President of EFI, Lt Gen P Venkatesh – SM Director general of the Remount and Veterinary Corps and Brig, SS Kashyap, Col. P P Singh – Tech Delegate, Col. S S Ahlawat – Chief Steward & EFI Representative, Lt. Col M M Rahman – Joint Secretary EFI were seen presenting the EFI, Col Jagat Singh, Col GM Khan, Gold Medalist in 1982 Asian games and the Indian Army along with Mr. Shyam Mehta, President of the Amateur Riders’ Club and Riyhad Kundanmal, secretary of Amateur Riders’ Club .
Speaking about the event, President Shyam Mehta says, “The Amateur Riders’ Club is honored to host the National Equestrian Championship 2019(NEC) in the city after 21 years. Equestrain sport is very prestigious sport and requires great discipline. Last year our eventing team and individual riders won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Asian games, with more riders we could achieve international recognition. By hosting the National Equestrian Championship we hope to encourage more people to participate and popularise the “gender-neutral” equestrian sport.”
The tournament also marked the launch of the ‘The golden years of Equestrian sports of India- 1967 to 2018’ coffee table book, written by Equestrian Federation of India and pioneered by Ltd Gen P.R Venkatesh and Brig SS Kashap anled by the Indian Army. The book documents the first 50 years of sport, and the progress made by equestrian riders, the book also profiles every rider who won a medal for India at international competition. The book concludes by highlighting the unique relationship between the rider and horse.
“The National Equestrian Championship is being held after 21 years in Mumbai. Due to various reasons Mumbai was not being highlighted as a top center. However, that is changing with the help of dedication and passion of people like Mr. Shyam Mehta. Today’s event was great and the Amateur Riders’ Club ensured that the National Equestrian Championship was conducted on a grand scale. In India there are very few cities that are aware about the Equestrian sport, With the launch of ‘The golden years of Equestrian sports of India – 1967 to 2018’ we are motivating the present generation to perform well and take the sport to a higher level, not only in Asian games but also Internationally.” says Lt Gen A Ambre – President of Equestrian Federation of India.
About Amateur Riders’ Club:
The Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC) was established in 1942 and is one of the oldest and largest private civilian riding clubs in India. Situated in the heart of Mumbai, it is a hub for riding throughout the year. The club provides riding lessons for all ages, and organizes activities such as show jumping, polo, dressage, plot tent pegging and lots more.