About a yr in the past, Aradhana Anand quietly received a bronze in nationwide showjumping, an equestrian sport, in Bhopal. But the spirited woman from Coimbatore was not happy together with her effort. She labored laborious from there and completed 2023 on a excessive with two golds and a bronze medal within the class Children II for these aged 10 to 12 on the prestigious Junior National Equestrian Championship in Bengaluru.
So, what’s showjumping all about? It is an occasion the place the horse and the rider clear a collection of jumps and the winner is judged primarily based on capacity and pace. The Bengaluru occasion, organised by the Equestrian Federation of India, noticed 250 members and 450 horses from throughout the nation, similar to Jaipur, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, to call a couple of. The boys outnumbered the women with members from Delhi, in line with her father Anand Purusothaman, being the hardest of all of them. “They have some very good horses and spend a lot on them. It’s tough competing against them,” he says.
Aradhana, a Class VII scholar from C S Academy, confirmed nice management and pace on her approach to profitable the gold and a bronze and one other yellow steel in showjumping accumulator. Interestingly, she beat her nearest competitor by a transparent three-second margin. Aradhana was educated in Covai Stables and below the watchful eye of Saravanan Kandasamy.
Her mother and father are supportive of her journey. “In the initial days, she fell a lot from her horse, but rose to the challenge with every fall,” says Anand. Aradhana tried her hand at badminton however her love for animals drew her to equestrian. “She has taken part in over 40 competitions across the country and every event was a learning curve for her,” he provides.
Aradhana’s mother and father have plans to ship her to Europe for coaching. Equestrian sports activities usually are not simple for girls riders as it’s the solely sport within the Olympics during which women and men compete collectively. Women comprise fewer than 20 per cent of the highest 100, and solely 5 have taken dwelling a person Olympic medal of any color.
But Julia Krajewski from Germany, the first-ever feminine in Olympics historical past, modified all of it, profitable the person eventing gold on the Tokyo Games. And, that has raised the arrogance stage of Aradhana, who has set her eyes firmly on the 2030 Asian Games.