17th N Tombi State Equestrian Championship begins in Imphal
IMPHAL — The 17th edition of the N Tombi State Equestrian Championship began on Sunday at the Pony Breeding Farm in Lamphelpat, on the outskirts of Imphal.
The weeklong championship is being organised by the Manipur Equestrian Association (MEA).
The inaugural programme was attended by director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services, Dr. Ng Ibotombi Singh; president of Manipur Pony Society, Ch Priyoranjan; vice chairman of MEA, N Tombiraj; and vice president of Manipur Olympic Association, Moirangthem Rachandra. Key functionaries of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association and others were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibotombi drew attention to the plight of the Manipuri ponies and highlighted the measures being initiated by the government to ensure the well-being of the animals, while Priyoranjan lauded the enthusiasm of the young riders who continue to uphold the traditional values of the Manipuri ponies.
Meanwhile, the organising secretary of the championship, Dr. Th Debendra Kumar, emphasised the importance of continuing sporting events in difficult times.
Altogether, 174 participants, including many female riders and players representing 14 equestrian associations in the state, are taking part in three different categories of the championship, according to the organisers.
The championship includes events such as show jumping, tent pegging, and lance and sword. On January 31, the indigenous style will be introduced as a sporting event alongside the Araambai Target Hit event.