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Rupa is riding the horses since the age of four . she is first Indian riding Rupa Singh is India’s first woman jockey at 33 years old. She has recently won at the Annamalai Plate in Ooty on April 14. Other than this, she has 720 other wins in her kitty. So far, she has won seven championships and few international races. I suffered a lot of rejection initially because I am a woman. I raced with ordinary and average horses for almost three years. It was only after I won 50 races with average horses that I could ride favourites.” jockeying in India is pretty much a male-dominated sport, and the logic applied is that men have the required stamina and physical strength to control a horse. But here’s the story of 33-year-old Rupa Singh, who has broken all those stereotypes and is the country’s first female jockey. Rupa got the media—and people— in Indian as well as international horse racing circuit by winning over 720 races and 7 championships, and recently added another trophy to her kitty by winning Annamalai Plate held in Ooty.“We don’t have the stamina and physical strength that our male counterparts have.We can get the strategy right but it takes immense strength to control a horse and a race. It is only through rigorous training that I have increased my stamina. I have always undergone the same training as the male jockeys.”“My grandfather Ugam Singh used to train the British Army horses here. My father Narpat and brother Ravinder have both been jockey and trainer. So I used to ride from my school days.”“Riding a horse is risky and I broke my collar bone and ankle after I had taken up racing as a profession. But in my childhood, I was more scared of my father than the horse. But once I started racing, my passion for the sport grew. As I won a few races, I wanted to show the world that women can be as good as men.” I had raced in Germany , Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands but the Poland race was really special. I never thought I would win riding against famous jockeys of the world.”“I feel proud and sad at the same time for my achievements. I am perhaps living with a false hope that I can inspire at least one girl to take up the sport.
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