Monday, January 24, 2011

Coimbatore gets its first equestrian centre

If you are crazy about horses and love riding them, then step in to the United Royal Riders (URR) equestrian training centre at Thangamani Thottam in Nachipalayam.

Situated 15 km from the city, URR is the first of its kind training centre for horse riding. “We are going to offer specialised training in mounting, cantering and galloping, besides show jumping,” said Vinod Arumugam, its director.
He said most centres like these have Indian bred horses. “But we have foreign breeds. And, each one of them has a passport. We have about three horses at the moment. They are from the Pune stud farm and have run at the Mysore races. We plan to add seven more to the stables next week.”

It was not an easy task for URR.

“We planned for about two years. Obviously, we had to do a lot of homework. Yet we are not full fledged. But we hope to offer complete services in a reasonably short time,” said Mr. Vinod, who will work alongside URR's chairperson, K.J. Vaijayanthi.

Why Coimbatore? “We chose this city for its salubrious climate. It is very important for horses. If the place is hot, horses lose their energy. They may also not follow commands,” he added.

“The Pune centre is pretty good compared to both Bangalore and Chennai. We have added a similar facility here,” said Mr. Vinod.

URR has roped in experienced trainers for its centre. “We have Sunder Rao and D. Prakash. The former is a well known jockey who has 40-plus years of training experience in Chennai, Bangalore and Kuwait. The latter is a basic level instructor,” he said.

The Centre, which will be inaugurated by the City Police Commissioner, C. Sylendra Babu on Sunday, plans to start its training sessions on January 24. “It will be open to the 4-45 age group. There will be four camps and each camp will have eight sessions of one hour each. We have already registered 12 entries. We plan to concentrate on people who seriously enjoy good riding and not on those who want to spend some jolly time,” added Mr. Vinod.

He said besides imparting training, the Centre plans to host national show jumping events every year. “Apart from the nationals, we will also have basic level show jumping events once in three months,” he said.

The Centre, which is spread over 3.5 acres, would utilise one acre for urban level training, 1.5 acre for advanced training and one acre for maintaining and upkeep of horses. “We want to be professionals in this segment,” he concluded.


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