In the process of Engraving her destiny with a lance
Hardship for sportsperson is like wind for fire. It extinguishes sparks but stimulates those who have the potential to turn into inferno. Same was the case with Hera Mirza, a young tent pegger from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. Hera distinctly remembers the day when she encountered the horse for the first time. It was supposed to be a joy ride, but as soon as she mounted the horse it took off at a flat-out gallop. Despite it being her first time on a saddle and her left foot being out of the stirrup, she didn’t give up. By the time horse finally came to a halt, Hera had decided to spend rest of her life exploring this magnificent animal. Those couple of minutes were enough for her to realize that once you have experienced the thrill of being on a horse back, it is difficult to get satisfied with an ordinary life. You need more of it, and you need it pronto.
However, it was not before three years that she could turn her dream into a reality. Hera moved to Aligarh in the year 2014 where she got the opportunity for which she had been waiting all this while. Soon after joining a Horse-Riding Club, she started to hone her skills with events like carrot cutting, sword tent pegging, individual and team lance tent pegging. Eventually, in Mar 2015 the budding tent pegger got to take part in her first ever ‘National Tent Pegging Championship’ which happened concurrently with her board exams. But with parents as supportive as Hera’s, there was no problems in cracking both simultaneously at a trot. Since then Hera has participated in many national and international events. Needless to mention that she was mostly the only girl participant when she represented India in April 2017 or when she secured Fifth Position in Individual Sword tent pegging at National equestrian Championship among other 140 riders from Army and civilian background in Nov 2017.
As per this future broncobuster, horse riding has a lot to offer to children. Riding helps kids in boosting their self-confidence, encouraging them to be passionate, dedicated and hard working. It also develops a kind of affection and compassion towards nature and animals. It trains them to remain focused towards a single goal. In future Hera wants to bring some gold home from International Competitions and do her bid to popularize the sport of tent pegging. As per her this game is underrated and should be given deserving recognition. The girl in her wants to see many more women coming into this sport and for this she intends to make a track especially for them. This track will be a kind of a century for all the girls for whom smell of stable is a fragrance rather than malodorous.
News & Views
Fouaad Mirza is an equestrian from Bangalore, India, who is the first Indian to qualify, compete and complete the event at Olympics. Not only complete, rather he was placed within first 25 riders who performed for the finals.
Siddhant Sharma is one of the most promising star of Indian Polo scene. Presently playing at a handicap of 4 goals, this young lad has a potential to reach way further up. A strong desire to be better than yesterday drives Siddhant to continue working hard.
Aadityavikram, a three times Child/Junior Best Rider (National Champion ) is an avid rider of International repute. Just being 16 years old, this young jumping enthusiast has achieved a lot of success in national & international arenas
A 12 year old polo player with Chennai Polo & Riding Club, playing at -2 handicap.
An HPA -2, Peyton is currently playing for University of London Polo Club. She primarily plays at Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and back in Scotland she can be seen at Kinross Polo Club.
A -2 goal polo player and co-owner of Chennai Polo & Riding Club
Sherif Amin is a polo player from Egypt with 1 goal handicap.
International Show jumper from Sweden
Arjuna Awardee , Ex 6 goaler and one of the best polo player country has ever produced.
A first class Noble from Udaipur. Class personified. Effective on an off the field.
The young & handsome , determine to make it big on an off the field.
A budding polo player from the family which could easily be called the Mercenaries of Polo -playing for various Kingdoms of Old Hindoostan
Janmejai Singh Rathore is a direct descendant of Jodhpur’s founder. This royal house of the Rathore clan of Rajputs traces its lineage to the Rashtrakuta solar dynasty from 8th century AD.
Born into the royal house of the Rathore clan of Rajputs, Bhanwar Kartikeya Singh Rathore realised his passion early in life and went on to become the country’s youngest polo player.
Under the tutelage of Colonel Faiz Siddiqui, this dashing and aggressive young player from Bangalore has covered the journey from -2 to Indian World Cup team in just 6 years.
One of the top professional players of country , who has played maximum world cups and have won 3 IPA Open back to back