DIBRUGARH, Jan 16 - A Solidarity Project of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) is currently underway here. The project has received international recognition for bringing out quality riders from a non traditional area.
Meanwhile, the matter was lauded by the Equestrian Federation of Assam, which held its AGM here on January 9, with retired policeman Dilip K Borah in the chair.
The FEI award was announced at the FEI General Assembly at Montevideo, Uruguay and was given to the Equestrian Federation of India for the Pilot project being implemented by the Equestrian Federation of Assam in Dibrugarh. Borah lauded the members for conceptualising and implementing the project for Retraining of Race Horses, which enabled the National and State federation to be awarded international recognition.
The FEI solidarity project is a two-year programme, which commenced in October 2016. This collaborative project is being conducted by Anthony Lowry and Roy Ibrahim, both FEI nominated experts. The project aims at expanding the sport in non traditional areas by developing a pool of trainers, who will subsequently be able to systematically retrain ex race horses and make it suitable for Olympic disciplines in equestrian sports.
The programme is based on progressive camps and the participating beneficiaries of the project include trainer riders from Assam Police, Manipur Equestrian Association, Young Riders representing EFA, Assam Valley School, Delhi Public School Numaligarh, North Eastern Police Academy and West Bengal Mounted Police.