Republic Day Parade 2021: Rio, Prized Cavalry Horse, To Make 18th Appearance
''Rio'', a prized horse of the 61 Cavalry regiment, is no stranger to ceremonial duties, and when he saunters down Rajpath carrying the contingent commander on his back this Republic Day, the bay-colour charger will make his 18th appearance at the grand event.
A pure Hanoverian breed, ''Rio'', aged 22, was born in India, and has been participating in the Republic Day parade since he was four, says Captain Deepanshu Sheoran, who will be leading the contingent of the world's only serving horse-mounted cavalry regiment, for the third time.
"Rio is a very special horse. He understands the words of the commander, and it's a matter of great pride that on this Republic Day, he will make his 18th appearance on Rajpath as the member of the 61 Cavalry, and will carry a contingent commander on his back for the 15th time," Deepanshu Sheoran told PTI.
Raised in 1953, the 61 Cavalry, based in Jaipur, has been a prominent feature at the Republic Day parade since its inception.