AT THE HEIGHT OF A SADDLE, HE WON THE EKLAVYA AWARD FOR HORSE RIDING
Story of PRANAY KHARE – THE HORSE RIDER VIRTUOSO
40 Medals, a Gold and a Bronze at the National level competition, awarded EKLAVYA award by the State Government – All at the age of 13. For many this would be just a dream, or a story out of a book, but for Pranay Khare, it is just a game that he liked to play since he was a child.
Born and Brought up in Bhopal, Pranay is an animal lover and was always fascinated with the Horse Riding classes held at the Lal Parade Ground, where his brother Pranjal participated. After watching the diminutive details of this art, one day this little kid insisted his brother to give him a chance, and to everyone’s surprise with sheer boldness, he rode the horse and managed to control it in a matured way. His first step towards the orbit of success commenced on this day. Fortunately, his school provided horse riding training, but for perfection he continued visiting the Camp and gradually emerged as a skilled rider.
At the age of 11, he participated in the Riding trials conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Government and qualified in the very first attempt. He played the Junior Nationals in June, 2013 where he was the youngest rider amongst his competitors, but won the bronze medal. In December 2013, he went to Kolkata to participate in the event “Dressage” – a rhythmic Catwalk, where one has to control his horse through the path chalked out, and the horse has to walk at different paces as per the sections marked. In April 2014, he participated in the Junior Nationals at Delhi where he won the Gold medal for “Jumping”, and created a benchmark in the history of this sport, for the challenging jumps he performed. The little wonder’s expertise peaked, when in 2014 he won gold and silver medals at the All India and Zonal Levels of the event “Dressage”. He also participated in Excellentia Horse Show at Delhi, where he won 6 medals.
Every journey towards success has a pothole and even Pranay faced one. One day while practicing the different techniques of Jumping, he fell off from his horse and hit his back seriously. After recovering for weeks at the hospital, the tender 12 year old mind was gripped with panic and fright from the sport. His brother and the whole family motivated him to visit the practice field and watch others, so that he can get the confidence to ride again. Pranay sat for days and hours watching other perform, and one day when he mustered all courage and climbed a horse, the entire team, coaches and friends cheered to welcome him back to the sport. “My son loves his horses so much that if he goes with us for shopping, he will first buy an accessory for his horse. We see a horse with our eyes, but he feels a horse with his soul.”, says Pranay’s mother Mrs Preeti Khare.
Recognising his high achievements at such a tender age, the State Government declared his name for the EKLAVYA award”, on 29th August 2015.
“In this game, me and my horse share an equal amount of participation and mutual understanding. A horse can only be brave as you are. It knows when you are scared, happy, comfortable, or confident. Thus when I go to play the nationals and have to haul new horses, I always try to understand them first and then climb them up”, Pranay says. Under the guidance of Mr. Nitin Gupta, of ECE (Embassy) Bangalore, Pranay is now getting trained for international competitions, and is few steps away from fulfilling his dream to represent India at the Asian games and the Olympics. The day is not far, when the whole world will know Pranay Khare as The Horse Rider Virtuoso from India.
Written by : Tanima Chakraborty | TOC & Compiled By : Nikhil Sharma | TOC
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