Declared a State Champion in horse show jumping in the open category at the West Bengal State Olympic Equestrian Competition held in Tollygunge Club, Kolkata, in January this year, Harmandeep Singh Khara, 16, a young rider from Eastern Command’s Fort William Riding and Polo Club (FWRPC), carried his excellent form at the just concluded national level equestrian event – Haryana Horse Show – winning one gold and two bronze medals in three different categories. Harmandeep won the gold medal in horse show jumping event. The bronze medals were won for ‘tent pegging’ and ‘hacks junior’ events. The event was held in Gurgaon from March 11 to 24.
HARMANDEEP WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN HORSE SHOW JUMPING EVENT. THE BRONZE MEDALS WERE WON FOR ‘TENT PEGGING’ AND ‘HACKS JUNIOR’ EVENTS. THE EVENT WAS HELD IN GURGAON FROM MARCH 11 TO 24.
Son of a serving army officer, ‘Harry’ to his friends, Harmandeep took to riding at eight years of age at various army riding clubs where his father was posted. He began showing his mastery at tent pegging and horse show events in recent years. His skills are being honed by the expert army riding instructors at FWRPC for over a year.
Representing the Eastern Command team, as the youngest and the only nonservices member of the quartet, Harry won gold in individual tent pegging and silver in team events in the National Equestrian Competition held at Bangalore in December 2012. He also won an individual gold and silver each in Bangalore Horse Show held concurrently.
Practicing regularly at the FWRPC astride his winning combination horse ‘Ground Master’, Harry is an inspiration to other young riders at the club. Praising the facilities that the army riding clubs provide, Harry aims to join the Army and has the Asian Games selection uppermost in his mind.
Gp Capt Tarun Singha VSM is the Defence PRO at Kolkata