Little jockey went riding, riding, riding

This was starkly apparent at Friday’s Open House Day for kids held at the Madras Riding School in Velachery

Published: 12th July 2014 07:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2014 07:19 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: You don’t have to be more than three-feet tall to ride a horse. This was starkly apparent at Friday’s Open House Day for kids held at the Madras Riding School in Velachery. Little ones from the two-week-old Hindustan International School got a ‘horsey’ education at the event — complete with a tour of the stables, carrot treat offerings and beat this: an individual trot-around on horseback for every one of the 59 students who made the trip.

While all the students, aged three to eleven of course had trainers and parents assisting them on this morning session, eight-year-old Samartha Tryambaka seemed to whiz past any inhibitions one might have had earlier as he took to his steed with a quiet sense of dexterity. “I’m too short to reach the saddle on my own, so I usually use a step or ask someone to give me a leg up,” he flashes us a smile. And head barely reaching the stirrups (footholds) this tiny person turned out to be star tutor of the morning— presenting a finale showcase, jumping obstacles et all. And appropriately paired to match his riding skills is Samartha’s brown maned friend, Pack-a-punch...

Yes, height is clearly not a horse-riding prerequisite. And as head coach of MRS Anita Ojha clarifies, “Neither is age.” However, she adds, “This is our first orientation event this year with students as young as three years old, and we hope to make this a monthly affair.” The kids no doubt, had enjoyed every minute of their mane time. Whoever said you need a classroom to impart a Zoology-PT  lesson?

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