27th August 2018 21:08:57 Hours
Sri Lanka Equestrian Association (SLEA) for the first time in its history, held a Horse Show at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) Polo Ground premises in Diyatalawa on Sunday (26), attracting a large gathering of interested people.
The SLMA Equestrian Festival 2018, organized by the SLMA with Army horses was conducted by the SLEA under 4 disciplines - Show Jumping, Tent Pegging, Barrel Racing and Enter Driving to the much amusement of onlookers.
Sri Lanka has a growing number of Equestrians, and the SLEA expects to add more events to its annual calendar to avail more exposure to the riders.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake graced the festival as the Chief Guest at the invitation of the SLMA and the SLEA President, Suranjith Premadasa. A gathering of Senior Officers, Officers and Other Ranks witnessed the show.
Equestrian sports are horseback games mostly based on ancient military cavalry training methods which help for better manoeuvering of horses in the battlefield or elsewhere.
By organising the SLMA Equestrian Festival 2018, the Sri Lanka Army has displayed their dedication, determination and discipline to take the Equestrian Sports in Sri Lanka to a new height on par with other sport disciplines.
Army Equestrians in SLMA Diyatalawa have done a tremendous job by training their horses to conduct this first-ever horse competition in Sri Lanka. They have used cavalry based training methods to train their general riding horses for Show Jumping and also for other Equestrian sports activities.