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Equestrian c’ships underway in Imphal

By Our Correspondent Updated: Feb 02, 2018 9:51 pm

Imphal, Feb. 2 (EMN): The opening ceremony of the five day long 15th Director General Assam Rifles Sentinel Cup Equestrian Championship 2018 and the 9th Junior State Equestrian Championship got underway at the Mapal Kangjeibung, the oldest polo-ground in the world, located in the heart of Imphal town on Fri. Feb. 2.
The championship is held under the aegis of 6 Assam Rifles along with Manipur Equestrian Association (MEA) and will continue till Feb. 6.
More than one hundred riders from various clubs registered with the MEA and the Assam Rifles Pony Equestrian team are participating in the senior, junior and girls category in the competition.
Deputy Inspector General Brig Ramesh Kumar Singh of IGAR (South) attended the day’s inaugural function as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Inspector General IGAR (South) said that Assam Rifles was singularly proud and privileged to be associated with the only state level equestrian championships conducted annually. The unique event which is in its 15th edition has been brought to fruition through the dedicated efforts of Manipur Equestrian Association and Assam Rifles. He also mentioned that this event is a grand stage for showcasing the talent as well as meeting the riders and equestrian enthusiasts from Manipur and added that the championship is aimed at encouraging equestrian sport which is said to have originated from the state of Manipur.
President H Deleep Singh of Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA), president Lt Col (Retd) M Ranjit Singh of MEA and Brigadier Amit Kabthiyal who is the Commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles also attended the inaugural function as guests of honour.
Speaking on the occasion MHRPA President Deleep lauded the efforts of the Assam Rifles in promoting and supporting the only equestrian event other than Polo held in Manipur. He also added that the Sentinel Cup has now emerged as an annual mega event which is much awaited and keenly contested by equestrian enthusiasts from the entire state of Manipur. The equestrian events are scheduled over a span of five days and include events like tent pegging (team and individual) in senior and junior categories, show jumping (individual) in the three categories of girls, seniors and juniors. The finals of the event will be held on Feb. 6 in which Director General Lt Gen Shokin Chouhan of Assam Rifles will be the chief guest.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Feb 02, 2018 9:51:37 pm