Mumbai’s Setalvad brothers bring home the Gold and Silver from the National Equestrian Championship 2021

The ARC team was the only team to represent Mumbai. Kaevaan and Zahan are two-time national champions and the only ever national champions in the 150 cms Grand Prix category in India

Mumbai’s Setalvad brothers bring home the Gold and Silver from the  National Equestrian Championship 2021

Representing Mumbai and Amateur Riders Club (ARC), the Setalvad brothers, Kaevaan and Zahan have bagged gold and silver medals respectively in the 150 cm Grand Prix at the National Equestrian Championship (NEC) held in Delhi, recently.

Kaevaan and Zahan are both now two-time national showjumping champions, having won in 2016 & 2021 and 2018 & 2019 respectively.

At the National Equestrian Championship 2021, which took place in Delhi from 9th to 16th February, the brothers rode German, Dutch and French warmblood horses which are especially bred for the showjumping sport.

On being asked about the win, gold medalist, Kaevaan Setalvad says, “It feels great to be able to put ARC and Mumbai on the national map in the sport of showjumping. We hope that this would encourage youngsters to enter the sport and pursue excellence and commitment given the scale of recognition, training options and facilities available today.”

According to Kaevaan, in the sport of show jumping it is the ‘system’ that is most important.  This system, he explains, includes commitment, hard work, good coaches and suitable horses.

Speaking on the challenges faced, silver medalist Zahan Setalvad shares, “The travel to Delhi, from Mumbai takes about two days affecting the condition of the horses adversely. Furthermore, the competitions are over two rounds on consecutive days and the horses have to compete over 6 to 8 classes over a period of 3 to 4 days making it quite hectic. Being the only official 150 cms show in the country annually, winning a medal in this championship was a proud moment, despite all the challenges.”

The extremely challenging 150 cm Grand Prix for NEC saw only seven horse-rider combinations from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru who managed to qualify in the finals this year. Mumbai’s Setalvad brothers brought home the win and are now ready for the Asian games 2022. They had earlier represented India in the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta

The ARC team was the only team to represent Mumbai at the NEC. In addition to Kaevaan and Zahan Setalvad, Abbas Tinwalla, and Iyanah Mehta completed the team. Iyanah being the only female representing ARC.

Said ARC Hon. Secretary Riyhad Kundanmal, "We wish to congratulate the entire team from ARC, the sole representatives from Mumbai for the prestigious National Equestrian Championship. We are elated and proud that Kaevaan and Zahan won the gold and silver medals. This is a much-deserved win for their extreme hard work, despite the challenges and restrictions posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the city."

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