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Proposal - Indigenous Horses


What do you want to do?

My friend, Geet and I want to travel to the northern states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and the north-eastern states of Assam and Manipur to study the breeding of indigenous breeds of horses and the culture of the people who have been breeding them and then write a travelogue about our experience.


Why do you want to do it?

I’ve always dreamt of seeing my name on the spine of a book and I’ve also been mesmerized by the sheer beauty, elegance, and power of the horse, which I believe is one of the most magnificent animals on earth today. Riding has been my passion ever since I rode my first horse at the age of seven. 

Unfortunately, some of the indigenous breeds of horses like the Marwari are dying out. I’ve got to know a lot of people in the Indian Army while participating in various horse shows. With their help, I want to write a book on these horsemen and their lifestyles before these people retire.

My friend has a passion for photography and knows a lot of people who breed these horses. Together we intend to write a travelogue and create awareness about these dying breeds in India, as well as experience their culture, before it is too late.


How will you do it?

We have got in touch with the Indigenous Horse Society in Jodhpur and Jaipur. They are more than willing to help us understand the plight of the indigenous breeds of horses in India. We have also got in touch with Col. Umaid Singh, in Jaipur, who has done a lot of work towards creating awareness and breeding Marwari Horses.

The prince of Jodhpur, Shivraj studied with my friend Geet and was his senior in school and H.H Maharaj Gaj Singh is the chairman of the Indigenous Horse Society. They have agreed to help us through the project. Thus, transport and accommodation is taken care of in Jodhpur and Jaipur.

Regarding horses in Assam and Manipur, we have got in touch with the Equestrian Federation of Assam. Mr. Manoj Jalan, who is the general secretary of the federation, is also willing to help us out. We have also got in touch with Col. S.S. Rathore who happens to be one of the finest riders in India, and is in charge of the horses in the Assam Rifles unit. I am from Assam and accommodation in Assam won’t be a problem.

We plan to undertake this project during the month of April, as ‘The Gangaur Festival’ and ‘Shekhawati Horse Show’ and other smaller horse shows will take place during this season.


Budget?

Travel:

Mumbai-Jaipur:                   Rs. 1210.00

Jaipur- Jodhpur:                   Rs.   400.00

Jodhpur- Delhi:                   Rs.   600.00

Delhi- Manali:                     Rs. 2000.00

Manali- Kullu:                     Rs.   200.00

Food: (200 per day /person): Rs. 8000.00

Lodging: (500 per day /person): Rs. 5000.00

Contingency Fund*: Rs. 5000.00

* renting vehicles to go into the villages, riding equipments.

Publishing Cost Rs. 20000.00