The 12-year-old horse’s entry into any equestrian arena precipitates a murmur in the crowd: this is the horse that former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gifted to then Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in 2005.
That, however, is not Sunny Kid’s only claim to fame. Now at the Punjab Police Academy (PPA) in Phillaur, the gifted equine has won a silver and bronze at All India Police Meets and had bagged a silver in Show Jumping at the National Livestock Mela held in Mukstar a fortnight ago.
All this, the horse’s riding master, Inspector Jaswinder Singh says, after only three years of training.
Sunny Kid, an arbi mix breed, arrived in Phillaur as a foal in 2005, and has since been taken care of by officers at the Academy. Initially the horse was kept for mere display but soon its potential began to appear. “I started training Sunny Kid in 2009 and since then it has made us proud in many police meets and championships,” says Inspector Jaswinder Singh. While the Amarinder has never come back to see Sunny Kid it has not stopped academy staff from taking extra special care of the ‘gifted horse from Pakistan.’
Now, as Jaswinder prepares for an International Horse Meet in Pakistan from February 6-13 — a competition that doesn’t allow outside horses — he will have an edge over other competitors, after all he practices with his beloved ‘horse from Pakistan’.