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A GYMKHANA BY THE RCTC RIDING AND POLO SCHOOL

Students of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club Riding and Polo School got together on the lush greens of the racecourse to showcase their skills on Saturday afternoon and despite the rain, mud and slush, it was a happy day of hooves and heroics. Started in mid-2010, the RCTC Riding School has over 20 members at the moment, aged 5 years to 70-plus! Riding lessons are held in the mornings and evenings on all days except Monday. At present there are 11 horses, eight ponies and two foals at the school. Six of the ponies have been brought from Manipur, where modern polo originated, and are “very affectionate”, in the words of their little riders. The horses at the school are ex-racing horses. “Most of these kids have been riding for only a couple of months, maybe a little more for the regulars. Essentially they are all beginners. I must say I am impressed with their progress,” said Turf Club CEO J.J. Singh. t2 brings you snapshots of the Saturday gymkhana.

Little riding hood: The youngest student of the RCTC school, five-year-old Raya Banerjee, tries her hand at a game of Ball and Bucket, which had contestants from the junior and the senior categories riding hard to drop three balls into a bucket at the end of the track to win the race. [For details about the school, write to ridingschool@rctconline.com]