Auroville Horse Tournament,
27-28-29, September 2003
Auroville Horse Tournament 2003, or in short AHT, was organised by the
Red Earth Riding School, Auroville (RERS), which is managed by Aurovilians
Eric, Katelijne and Jacqueline. RERS is located on the Tindivanam-Pondicherry
road, next to the Auroville Police Station.
RERS has 23 horses, and Eric gives daily riding
classes in dressage and jumping at different levels to anyone who loves
horses and wants to learn riding or participate in competitions. Eric,
Katelijne and their four sons left Belgium a few years ago to join Auroville.
They come from a background of horse breeding and show jumping, and
Eric's sister is a member of the national riding team in Belgium.
The South Indian Equestrian Association
The south Indian Equestrian Association was created
in 2001 to bring together and support the equestrian sport in south
India. Members of the association include all of the riding schools
in South India such as; Red Earth Riding School in Auroville, The Embassy
Riding School in Bangalore, the Chennai Equestrian Academy, along with
Formerly horse riding in south India had been dominated
by the Military and the Police Academy. The SIEA was created to bring
up the level of riding in South India, to make it a sport available
to civilians and to encourage woman and children to participate.
"It's so nice to see upcoming equestrian world
in the South. On the national and international level we are doing very
well, especially, our young riders who have real opportunity to excel
in the future," says Mr. Kishore Futani the Secretary of the South
Indian Equestrian Association.
List of participating Teams:
ERRORS = Red Earth Riding School, Auroville
CEA = Chennai Equestrian Academy
MRS = Madras Riding School
OTS = Officer Training Academy, Chennai
NCC = National Cadet Corps, Chennai
ECE = Equestrian Centre For Excellence, Bangalore;
BARI = Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute;
PEA = Princess Equestrian Academy, Bangalore;
Lawrence School, Lawdale, Ooty
Dr. Mahendran, Coimbatore
V. Manoj, Tuticorin
B. Srikumar, Tirupur
Dressage was adapted from the military training
exercises to build obedience and suppleness in the horse. The object
of dressage is to enable the horse to keep his natural balance while
performing precise maneuvers. Competitive dressage is designed to show
the controlled elegance and harmony between the horse and rider.
Show jumping is a combination of the horse and the rider tested and
various conditions over a course of obstacles. The test in intended
to demonstrate the horses energy, power and skills, while jumping a
controlled time tested course of intricate jumps. There are affix things
that equals the beauty and thrill of watching a horse and rider soar
over a marked course of fences ranging from 75 cm to 2 m.
The art of tent pegging originated in India 500 years ago. The story
most associated with its origins comes from the of the soldiers who
charged the enemy camps at the crack of dawn and removed the pegs that
held the enemy tents in place with the tip of their lances. Later the
Cavalier Regiment adopted it as a sport.
These days that rider uses either a sword or a lance and charges full
gallop across the arena and attempts to pick up 4 cm wooden pegs stuck
into the ground. This can be done individual or in teams.
See also: Persian Sky
See also: RERS
Contact: Eric and Katalejne, phone: 9843017543