On last day, 14-yr-old jockey takes plaudits at mela

Fourteen-year-old Gursobha Singh, a student of YPS Mohali, hogged the limelight on the concluding day of the National Livestock Championship at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here on Saturday. He first rode his horse, Baawla, to victory in the open category before switching to another equine, Banka, and to everybody's surprise, emerged runner-up in the equestrian event.

What made his feat even more remarkable was that both the events were held for only winners from the previous competitions in the mela and the teenager outwitted seasoned riders from the Punjab Police Academy in Jalandhar, Akal Academy and the Ludhiana and Police Academy in Phillaur.

For his efforts, Gursobha walked away with two medals and Rs 2 lakh prize money. The teenager said he has been learning to ride since the age of seven.

Among other winners on Saturday was Babaljeet Brar, a resident of Khippawali, whose horse was awarded the best for its breed. Brar said that he is an ardent animal lover and has a stud farm at his village. Muktsar's Nahar Singh was another winner after his mare was declared the champion mare. The Champion bull belongs to Sukhdev Singh of Mauli village in Kapurthala while Khurana dairy farm's buffalo bagged the the champion buffalo title.

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