Thursday, March 26, 2009

India: Army conducted 1000 mile Thar Centaur horseback expedition

Press Information Bureau. Government of India
March 26, 2009

Highlighting man’s insatiable thirst for exploring unchartered territory the Armoured Corps conducted ‘Thar Centaurs’ a 1000 mile expedition on horseback as an adventure activity by the Cavaliers from Fifteen Armoured Regt, 61 Cavalry and PBG from 29 Jan to 25 Mar 09. The expedition of 12 riders led by Lt Col PS Grewal on horseback was conducted in the Thar Desert amidst the harshest terrain comprising desolate and rocky deserts characterized by high sand dunes to test the skill and endurance of the rider and horse. The 1000 mile expedition on horseback is a unique event which has never been attempted in the sub-continent over such rigorous terrain. It was a test of endurance for both the horse and rider as the expedition was executed on ‘Posting the Trot’ a ride which is physically very gruelling for the horseback but comfortable to the horse. The daily ride continued for 10-12 hours covering an average 60-70 kms everyday. The expedition had on board a veterinary team which monitored the performance and health of the horses on a daily basis.

The aim of this expedition was to learn and participate in the culture of deserts as well as foster a spirit of adventure amongst the army men which is an essential part of any military life and ethos. The expedition helped the team in getting an insight into the traditional heritage of Rajasthan, as well as a opportunity to revive the military heritage of our cavalry of yester years. The horses and riders stoically withstood the stress and strain during the expedition and completed the gruelling expedition successfully. The expedition concluded on yesterday at Jaipur, and ‘flagged in’ by Lt Gen SN Handa, Chief of Staff, South Western Command.

VS/RPA

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