Goa to set up equestrian centre to promote, encourage sport

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Panaji, Feb 29 (UNI) In a bid to boost horse-riding skills among the youths in Goa, the newly-formed Equestrian&Polo Association Goa (EPAG) has invited entries from the interested horse-riding candidates to test their interest and fitness skills to promote and encourage the sports in the state.

EPAG president Mac Vaz, while speaking to mediapersons here today, said equestrian is one of the events in the National Games, to be held in Goa in 2011. It has an appropriate equestrian facility of its own and 10 selected enthusiastic horse-riding candidates would be sponsored for a 6-day training progrmme at Talegaon, near Pune. The training programme would be held in May and June, he said.

Japalouppe Equestrian Centre, Pune mananging director Rohan More, who was also present, said the ten selected candidates would be in the age group of 12 to 21. During the training programme, candidates would have to appear for an oral examination, written test and have to pass horse riding examination.

Mr Vaz said, the Association was looking for appropriiate land in the vicinity of of 10 km of Mapusa, Margao and Panaji for setting up the equestrian centre to promote and encourae the sports in Goa.

The proximity of the equestrian facility within vicinity of cities was to enable enthusiasts to ride the horses, which is generally done early in the morning or post-afternoon as well as for reasons of medical and veterinary back up.

The Equestrian&Polo Association of Goa has been granted permanent affiliation by the Goa Olympic Association (GOA) and is a member of the Equestrian Federation of India.

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