Title: CLEAR THE BAR: BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE
EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN INDIA
Authors: Satya Kalra
The Shri Ram School- Moulsari, New Delhi, India
MLA 8 Kalra, Satya. "CLEAR THE BAR: BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 4633-4641, ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=327. Accessed Sept. 2018.
APA Kalra, S. (2018, September). CLEAR THE BAR: BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(9), 4633-4641. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=327
Chicago Kalra, Satya. "CLEAR THE BAR: BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 9 (September 2018), 4633-4641. Accessed September, 2018. ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=327.
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Abstract: The history of equestrian sports in India spans centuries, where the access to these sports was
mainly limited to the royalty. This was a by-product of not just monarchy, but also the caste
system prevalent in India, which restricted horse rising to the highest stratum of the society. This
was further perpetuated by the rule of the British and the Mughals. Unfortunately, the situation
remained very similar after India achieved its independence from the British Raj in 1947. Most
civilians could not afford to own horses in this era, and equestrian sports were primarily
practiced by Indian Army officers. This paper studies multiple concerns around the access of
equestrian sport in India such as infrastructural facilities, lack of investment, issues around
coaching and institutional hurdles. It also includes an interview with multiple equestrian
professionals who provide ethnographic details about issues around the sport's access to the
populace in India and abroad. It concludes with policy recommendations around the sport such
as relieving governmental regulation, increasing corporate funding and widening spectatorship of
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