INDIA’S dressage team cantered to its first ever
Asian Games gold and only second in this discipline in the history of the sport with the quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Vipul
Hriday Chheda and Anush Agarwalla living up
to expectations, here on Tuesday.
The Indian quartet was performing well in
the selection trials as their scores either matched
or were better than the Asian Games medal winners from the previous editions.
It was more about the colour of medal they
would win and they grabbed the top place on
the podium by aggregating 209.205 percentage
points, leaving behind China (204.882 %) and
Hong Kong (204.852%).
The last time the sport of equestrian contributed to India’s Asian Games tally was in 1986
when the country won a dressage bronze.
In the 1982 edition in New Delhi, the Indian
team had grabbed three gold medals in Eventing
and Tent Pegging competitions.
Raghubir Singh had won a gold in individual
Eventing in 1982 and then added another
yellow metal in Team Eventing alongside
Ghulam Mohammed Khan, Bishal Singh and
Rupinder Singh Brar won the third gold medal
in individual tent pegging.
In dressage, the horse and rider are judged
on how they perform a series of movements.
Each movement is marked out of 10 (from 0 to
10). Each rider gets an overall score and from
there, a percentage is worked out. The rider with
the highest percentage is the winner of his class.
Top three scorers in a team are counted to
determine the winner.
The Indian team is an interesting mixture of
riders. The 21-year-old Sudipti, the youngest of
the quartet, was born in Indore and currently trains at Pamfou in France.
age of six as a hobby but latertook it seriously as a sport
The name of her horse is
Chinski. The 23-year-old
Divyakriti, hailing from
Jaipur, took to horse riding
when she was in the seventh
grade at the famous Mayo
She was the equestrian captainofherschool.Shedidher
graduation in Delhi’s Jesus
and Mary College.
In 2020, she moved to
Europefortrainingasequestrianinfrastructure is notthe
best in India. She was training at Hagen ATW in
Germany before the Asian
Games. She rides Adrenalin
Firfod.Hailing from Mumbai,
the25-year-oldVipul,a business management degree
holder from University of
London, also began horseridingata youngage.Since2013,
he began training with top
foreign players in Europe.
Interestingly, he began
work to startatop class riding facility and first breeding
programme for dressage
horses in the country. He
rides Chemxpro Emerald.
The 23-year-old Anush
hails from Kolkata and he is
also currently based in
Borchen in Germany. He
developed his passion for
He soon began having horse
riding lessons at the age of
in findingacoach, he left
India in 2017 and moved to
He became the first male
dressage rider from India to
compete at the world championshipsatthe2022edition
in Herning, Denmark. His
horse’s name is Etro.