Chennai’s Marina Beach will soon have a riding school for children

The Director General of Tamil Nadu Police (DGP), C Sylendra Babu, spearheaded the project with Tamil Nadu-based NGO People for Animals (PFA).

The famous Marina Beach in Chennai will soon host a riding school for children with nearly 100 horses as part of the project. The Director General of Tamil Nadu Police (DGP), C. Sylendra Babu, spearheaded the project with Tamil Nadu-based NGO People for Animals (PFA). Sylendra Babu, who is an avid equestrian herself, floated the idea and if the project goes ahead, 100 horses that are now used for rides on the Marina beach will be roped up to teach the basics of riding to children.

A 3 acre Indian Coast Guard plot behind the ‘Amman Samadhi’ at Marina beach and a plot of land near the State Police stables at Egmore are being considered for the construction of stables for the riding horses that will be part of the riding schools.

Many horses that are used for rides on Marina Beach have starved to death and several were in poor health as owners were unable to feed them during the lockdown period due to Covid-19.

Many horses that are used for rides roam in the open because they have no shelter and have to brave the scorching heat.

The PFA, according to its board members, insisted that no new horses be permitted for riding schools and that the current 100 horses at Marina Beach be used for this purpose.

Shiranee Pereira, co-founder of PFA, told IANS, “We had asked the state government for a horse shelter and based on that, a temporary horse shelter was set up under the public transport system. mass rapid at Sivananda Salai in Chennai. Chepauk MLA, Udhayanidhi Stalin arranged to make horses drink water.”

The PFA activist said a permanent solution to the woes facing horses would be a riding school that would be self-sufficient and provide better living conditions for owners and horses.

She added that animals that are currently used for rides must be microchipped and that the company should license horse owners.

With the arrival of the riding school at Marina beach, the problem of shelter and food for horses is solved and children will be able to learn the nuances and tricks of horse riding.

The support of the gendarmerie and the DGP gave a boost to the project initiated by the PFA a few months earlier.

Clyde P. Johnson