ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Maiden three-day Itanagar Horse Show and regional equestrian meet begun on here on Tuesday adding new feather to 33rd Statehood Day celebrations.
The show thrilled huge crowd, enthralling the young children especially with tent pegging display, organized by Arunachal Pradesh Equestrian Association (APEA), to take forward equestrian sport in the state.
Key participants included NCC, Assam Police, Lohitpur ITBP, Assam Rifles, 3 Corps, 4 Corps, Equestrian Federation of Assam & Assam Valley School with total 119 riders and 38 horses.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, speaking as chief guest, urged the APEA to promote the sport with the state offering huge scope for adventure sports which could attract tourists and lauded the participants for their enthusiasm.
He assured support of the GoAP to introduce horse riding besides innovative tourism, agriculture, horticulture schemes for developing a new Arunachal.
The 1st ever equestrian meet and foundation of APEA record a new chapter in state history, chief secretary Satya Gopal said as guest of honor. “We can learn many things from the horses as their grace, poise and stamina are unparallel to overcome obstacles and reach the destiny. All administrators need to imbibe these qualities in present context, he said, adding these events should motivate the youths to overcome obstacles and achieve new heights of glory.
Expressing his gratitude for a grand event at such a short notice he said that the organizers have planned a series of events for riders and public for next two days to attract local talents to groom as a platform to kindle interest of youth towards both sports.
The CM and DyCM will give away medals to top three categories and honorarium to all participating team, he said before paying his tributes to Pulwama attack CRPF martyrs.
Briefing in detail about the events, Capital Complex DC Prince Dhawan said that APEA is affiliated with Arunachal Olympic Association and facilitate growth of the sport.
The juries included Remount & Veterinary Corps Brig (Retd) K.S Rao, Retd IPS officers S. Ramakrishna & B.K Dey, ITBP commandant (veterinary Dr. Tekchand.
The winners of show are: jumping children-II — Anikaith A Joshi (1st) & Prashuk Jain (2nd) and show jumping children-I — Lakhan Mittal (1st), Karan Ngatay Bam and Yuvraj Surekha (joint 2nd) & Keshav Mour (3rd). All winners are all from Assam Valley School, Tezpur.
The meet would conclude on February -21 next at 1st AAPBn Ground, Chimpu near here. (DIPRO)