India’s involvement in equestrian sports at the Asian Games has been insignificant, with only occasional appearances. It is one of the very few sports in which India has very few medals to its name.
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India has only competed in a few equestrian events at the Asian Games. Throughout the history of the Asian Games, the country has not been a consistent contender in this discipline. India made its equestrian debut at the 1982 Asian Games, which was hosted in New Delhi, India. Since then, the country has sent teams to the equestrian games on occasion.
Dressing, Show jumping, and Eventing
India has primarily competed in Eventing, which comprises Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping. Indian riders have competed in this mixed sport at the Asian Games. India’s involvement in Show Jumping and Dressage disciplines has been quite limited, with the country failing to field teams or individual riders in these competitions on a consistent basis.
Team India won its inaugural medal in Equestrian at the 1982 Asian Games, where the country made its debut in this sport. As of today, India has a total of 12 medals in equestrian: 3 gold, 3 silver, and 6 bronze.
Challenges and Growth
In India, equestrian sports confront a number of obstacles, including a lack of infrastructure, money, and resources. These elements have had an impact on the country’s constant participation and performance at the Asian Games.
Despite the difficulties, efforts have been made to promote equestrian sports in India. Equestrian federations and organizations in the country seek to advance the sport and nurture exceptional riders.
India’s achievement in equestrian sports at the Asian Games reflects the country’s improvement and attention to the sport’s development. Despite India’s scant medal success thus far, the Asian Games continue to be an essential platform for Indian riders to acquire exposure, and experience, and demonstrate their talent at the regional level.
The Indian government and other equestrian groups continue to endeavour to expand and improve the sport in the country. We hope that more players bring laurels to the country in this particular sporting event at the Asian Games 2023, to be held in Hangzhou, China.