Assam has natural scope for developing equestrian sport: EFA

Jorhat (Assam): Assam has natural scope for developing equestrian as a sport and its youths could be groomed for participating in international events, Equestrian Federation of Assam (EFA) officials said on Saturday.

"EFA has started this sport in Assam`s Jorhat district as it has enough scope with the various indigenous tribes here riding naturally," EFA president Manoj Jalan told reporters in Jorhat.

Jorhat has scope with its ethnic youths, particularly of the Mising community, along the banks of river Brahmaputra and in Majuli island traditionally riding horses without saddle," Jalan said.

"Equestrian is a healthy exercise and we will popularize it among the people as Manipur is doing so," he said.

"Our federation is also trying to get equestrian included in the school curriculum.”

Only two schools - Delhi Public School (DPS) at Numaligarh in Golaghat district and Assam Valley School (AVS) in Sonitpur district - have horse riding course in their school curriculum," he said.

Jalan and EFA coach Brig (retd) K S Rao have been since last year been displaying various horse shows and organizing events at the historic Gymkhana Club play ground here to attract talented youths to equestrian sports.