Want to learn horse riding? Join the Equestrian Club of the Gujarat police’s mounted division, which is willing to share its skills with the Amdavadis.
The club offers an opportunity to get astride on some of the most well-kept horses available in any police force of the country. The courses are for both amateurs and professionals. At present, the club has around 50 members, who can be seen galloping on the police’s horses every morning at the Ghoda Camp in Asarwa.
According to Ahmedabad mounted division police inspector (PI), LF Vasava, the club trains members through its beginners and advanced courses. “For the beginners, we have a basic course of three months. After this, if they are interested in learning various tricks and techniques, we provide an advanced course,” he said. Currently, the club has nearly 50 members. Around 25 are beginners, the rest at an advanced level, informed Vasava. There are some members who joined the club around 20 years back, like city-based enthusiast Bharat Soni (45). Many are freshers and youngsters also including one from Vadodara, who attends the camp on weekends, he added.
Horse riding is no more a hobby of the royal families, now commoners are also learning it, he said and added that the courses are open for everyone. About the fee structure, he said: “The fees are Rs1,000 per month for both the courses. However, we offer 50% concession to students opting for the beginners’ course, which comes to Rs500. For advanced training they have to pay Rs750 per month,” Vasava explained.
The club is not restricted to males only. It has three female members also. They are, Niyati Mewada, Priyanka Champawat and Pinkle Modi, who are pursuing advanced training, he said.
The training imparted at the club is not a hobby class either. The members are encouraged to participate in various equestrian competitions such as the DG Cup, in which the club’s members have been quite successful.
In addition, IPS officers including additional director of ACB and JCP – special branch, Shamsher Singh; joint director of the state police academy in Karai, Atul Karwal; IGP – CID (crime) SG Bhati; additional director ACB, GS Malik are among the avid equestrians and are members of the club’s executive committee. Singh and others have also represented the club in several competitions. It may be noted that the mounted division of the Gujarat police has been among the winning teams at the All-India police equestrian meet.