61 CAVALRY on 24 February 2017 bagged the Army Polo Championship. In the finals played in New Delhi, 61 CAVALRY defeated Army Service Corps.
The famous Army Polo Championship that commenced on 31 January 2017 saw participation from Corps of Artillery, Remount and Veterinary Corps and Armored Corps.
Army has dominated Equestrian Sports for a long time producing a large number of Asian Games medalists, World Cup players, Padam Shree and Arjuna awardees and is pursuing it as part of its Mission Olympics programme. At the same time, the 61 CAVALRY regiment has a polo playing tradition and has produced some of India's best polo players.
Lt Gen RV Kanitkar, Quarter Master General, presented the Army Polo Championship Trophy to 61 CAVLARY in the presence of a big audience including many senior officers.
About Army Polo Championship
The Army Polo Championship was re-instituted in year 2015 after a gap of ten years. Since its re-inception, the championship has witnessed the participation of some of the renowned players in the Indian Polo Circuit like Col Navjit Singh Sandhu and Lt Col Ravi Rathore playing at +2 and +5 handicaps respectively. Lt Col Ravi Rathore who is the highest handicapped polo player in Indian Army has also played four World Cups for the Indian Polo Team.
61 Cavalry Regiment
The 61 Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army is the largest non-ceremonial horse-mounted cavalry unit remaining in the world. As per reports, the regiment recruits Rajputs, Marathas and Kaimkhanis in equal numbers. This ratio was established on the instructions of the former Prime Minister Jawarharalal Nehru.
In recent times, the 62st Cavalry is among the limited unmechanised mounted cavalry regiments in the world. Few other unmechanised mounted cavalry regiments across the world include the 11th Cavalry Regiment of the Moscow Military District and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Primarily employed for ceremonial occasions, the 61 CAVALRY regiment can be deployed for internal security or police roles if required. Last time, the regiment saw active military service when it undertook mounted patrol work during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.