Equestrian Sports

Remount Veterinary Corps, with a chequered expertise in equestrian training and performance spanning over two centuries has contributed immensely in development of the highly professional domain of equestrian training and sports. The infrastructure developed at Node consists of world class cross country courses, jumping fences, gymnastic/cavalletti/exercise arenas, all weather jumping arena, dressage arenas, audio visual training aids, saddler and protective gear, floodlit jumping and dressage arenas.

The Army riders of AEN have shown superlative performance by winning individual Gold and Bronze medals in Asia Pacific Challenge Trophy held at Sydney – 2006 (Australia) followed by individual Bronze medal, Team Gold Medal and Team Silver medal in Asia Pacific Challenge Trophy, held at Sydney in 2008. The riders and horses have shown their mettle in equestrian sports (Eventing) at International level and won many medals at 14th and 15th Asian Games in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The non-participation of Indian horses in 16th Asian Games in China in 2010 due to China’s unfounded restriction was a setback as the Indian participating horses were destined to win the highest medal tally in these games.

As already stated, RVC provides the specialist horses for various equestrian disciplines which are trained at Remount Training School & Depots of the Army.

Boys Sports Company

The Army Boys Sports Coy scheme was started in 1992 as a joint venture of Army and Sports Authority of India with the aim of selecting and grooming potential talents in selected sports disciplines to achieve sporting excellence while pursuing education and later enrolling in the Army thereby securing their future. On completion of 10th std and 17 ½ yrs, these boys are recruited to the Indian Army.

The Boys Sports Coy, RVC Centre and College was established in the year 2005 with the aim to identify equestrian talents at a young age from all over India and nurture them by training them to achieve excellence in equestrian sports events at national and international levels. Since its inception 57 cadets were enrolled and 22 cadets have been recruited in the Army as Sowar Riders. The BSC cadets of RVC are performing commendably well at equestrian sports having won 73 Gold, 62 Silver, 158 Bronze medals in various national, international and regional equestrian events.

Current Challenges involved for our Equestrian Sports

We believe in getting the basics right and applying the same in various trials followed by extensive participation in various international, national and regional events. Our goal is to initially win medals in Asian Games and Federation Equestere Internationale World Championships followed by the ultimate aim to perform well in trials in the year 2015-16 and qualify for Olympics Games – 2016.

Young boys are selected in this programme based on their physical attributes and abilities followed by thorough evaluation using the methodologies accepted worldwide by the specialists in sports medicine. This helps in ascertaining the correct probability of selection of the right candidate. Also the past riding skills/experience of the candidates help in deriving the best possible combination of all the parameters.

Life as a rider is tough. It measures all your physical and mental abilities. A rider’s day starts early in the morning and ends late in the evening after taking care of their sole companion in the competition – The Horse. This is indeed a very demanding sport which challenges you both physically and mentally to the maximum.

The one thing which makes us proud and determined to continue with this programme is the results. The achievements of these riders have been very encouraging as not a single competition in India is held without these riders taking away most of the prizes. This shows that the resources are being utilized gainfully leading to such phenomenal results and is self explanatory that we are on the right track for excellence.

The only aspect and which is the most important tool in this sport, checking the growth from Asiad to Olympics, is the quality sporting horses. This has now been addressed with the case initiated for import of sporting horses from abroad to be used for forthcoming Asian games and Olympic qualifier equestrian sports. We are sanguine that this will change the entire scenario of equestrianism in India. Further we are regularly arranging specialized coaching of potential high caliber riders by qualified and experienced foreign coaches with the help of EFI.

With the current pace and concerted efforts by the Indian Army the future is bright and in good hands. We are certain that the seeds sown in form of young talent of the Boys Sports Company will bring in many laurels to this nation and their achievements will exemplify that the correct methodologies and approach when adopted always bear the fruits of success and excellence.

RVC Rider clearing the tough range of obstacles astride his horse while participating in three day eventing during AEC at Meerut cantt

Lt Gen Munish Sibal AVSM** QMG and Colonel Commandant RVC alongwith DGRVS and other officers and teams after awarding the DGRVS Polo Cup – 2012

Potential high caliber riders astride their horses undergoing specialized training by the Foreign Coach under the aegis of EFI at Army Equestrian Node at RVC Centre and College at Meerut Cantt