Rio- Indian Army’s Veteran Horse
Meet Rio! Indian Army’s veteran Horse.
An Indian Army horse was awarded the Chief of Army Staff commendation for his stellar services being the part of the Republic Day parade for 18 consecutive years.
Rio is no stranger to the limelight and has been seen upfront year after year leading the horses as he is also the contingent commander’s charger for the last 16 years.
Usually, horses retire at 22 years of age but his alertness and sharp response have meant that he has been going strong even at this ripe age.
The 61 Cavalry is the only active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world. The Regiment was raised on August 1, 1953 with the amalgamation of six state forces.
The Regiment has won 39 Battle Honours and has a proud past of accolades in Equestrian and Polo.
The commendation was given to Rio, a 22-year-old horse on Sunday at a ceremony held at the Cariappa Ground in Delhi Cantt.
Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane pinned the commendation medal.
- Rio is the most experienced member of the Republic Day parade making an appearance for the last 18 years. He is the first horse from Indian Army’s 61 Cavalry- the only functional horse regiment in the world get the award.
Source – India Today.