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Punjab Horse Show: President’s bodyguards perform in Jalandhar

When a horse, 6ft in height, galloped in from afar; it caught everyone’s attention, followed with curiosity, the moment it approached the target — a peg fixed in the ground.

punjab Updated: Feb 25, 2017 14:00 IST
Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
A horse rider participating in the national­-level tent­-pegging championship and Punjab Horse Show in Jalandhar on Friday.
A horse rider participating in the national­-level tent­-pegging championship and Punjab Horse Show in Jalandhar on Friday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

When a horse, 6ft in height, galloped in from afar; it caught everyone’s attention, followed with curiosity, the moment it approached the target — a peg fixed in the ground.

The rider, holding a lance, carefully took the peg and the audience were all praise.

Jalandhar residents, on Friday, got a chance to see the performances by Presidential bodyguards with horses, named Minister, Tornado, Tongo, Akbar and Virgo, who escort the President on Republic Day.

The performances took place at the national tent pegging championship and the 6th Punjab Horse Show that is being organised by Punjab Equestrian Association.

It is for the first time that horses and the riders, that are bodyguards to the President, became a part of the event.

The captain leading the team, Rasildar Lakhwinder Singh, while talking to HT said, “It is for the first time that we and the horses, have became a part of the event.”

“The horses are special as they represent India. Whenever any President or Prime Minister from other country comes, we are always there,” he said.

Singh, who has been in the service of Presidential bodyguards since 1993, said that performing here was a good experience.

A horse rider participating in the national­-level tent­-pegging championship and Punjab Horse Show in Jalandhar on Friday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

FROM ‘DARLING’ TO ‘MUMTAZ’

As many as 15 teams participated from India. It was the names of the horses that brought smiles on the audiences’ faces. Shehnshah, Mumtaz, Sultan, Makhmali, Darling and 10-on-10 were a few of the interesting names of the horses that participated.

This year, for the first time, two teams of civilians from Punjab also took part in the show.

Baba Fateh Singh club and DAV University also participated in the event.

Presidents bodyguards (L to R) Rasildar Lakhwinder Sinngh on his horse Tornado, SWR Sukhdeep Singh on Akbar, SWR Gurwinder Singh on Virgo, DFR Jatinder on Tongo and DFR Sunder Singh on his horse Minster participating in tent-pegging championship in Jalandhar. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Youngbir Singh, sub-inspector and winner of the ‘sword individual’ event last year, said that civilians don’t take much interest in tent pegging as it is a costly game.

“Tent pegging demands tremendous amount of skills. It is a game in which speed and time matter the most,” he added.

“In this game, 80% of the contribution is made by the horse and 20% by the rider,” said an office-bearer of the association.

“But the rider’s 20% should be his 100%, he should have full concentration on the game in order to have control over everything,” added the officebearer.