These cadets show sound horse sense

Equestrian Show

Grace, poise, expertise and the spirit of sportsmanship marked the equestrian event as smartly turned- out National Cadet Corps cadets riding their horses entered the field  at the Garrison Parade, Delhi Cantonment.

The ground was set, the hurdles placed and the atmosphere was alive with enthusiasm and anticipation. It was the NCC National Horse Show, organised each year as part of the Republic Day Camp activities.

Ready to participate in the nail biting display of tent pegging, show jumping and dressage, the participating cadets from different Directorates were all set to show their
best move and that too very smartly.

The function began with the mounted ride past and carrying of the Indian flag followed by the flags of the three forces--Army, Navy and Air Force – and also the NCC. The two equestrian events, tent pegging and show jumping tested the skills, tactical manoeuvring and horsemanship of the cadets. The basic aim of the competition was to promote a sense of participation, equestrian skills and mastery in craftsmanship.
Lieutenant General A Chakravarty, VSM, DG NCC, the Chief Guest, gave away the trophies and prizes to the deserving winners.

The cadets who bagged awards in different categories included -- the best rider (boy) Cadet Arvind Kumar of Uttar Pradesh Directorate.

From among the girl participants, Cadet Chetna Dixit of Delhi Directorate was the best rider. The Tent Pegging Trophy was awarded to Cadet Ravindra Kumar of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Directorate. The DGRVS
trophy for best show jumper was given to Cadet Ravi of
Rajasthan Directorate.

Notably, NCC has three Remount and Veterinary (R&V) Regiments and 15 R&V Squadrons spread across the country. The cadets carry out training in these units throughout the year to achieve a high degree of proficiency in equestrian skills.
In his address, Gen Chakravarty, lauded the excellent riding skills and horsemanship of the NCC cadets. He said, “Equestrian training and horsemanship skills
provide an opportunity for adventure to NCC cadets in the country.”

He said that horse riding develops the qualities of courage, steadfastness and discipline besides inculcating sportsmanship amongst the youth, which is paramount for personality development.

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