Just like John Abraham who has been an ardent lover of sports, Randeep Hooda has expressed his love for horses. The actor who owns five horses had even recently bought a polo team owing to his passion. And now, the actor has returned successful from the National Equestrian Championship.
The three-day event concluded yesterday and the actor trotted home with five medals–two golds, one silver and two bronzes.
“All the medals came in the first two days, by the third day both my horse and me were exhausted even before we entered the arena. A few silly mistakes cost us a medal and we ended up in fourth place. Still, it’s my best ever performance and I surprised myself as I hadn’t had much time to practise in the last month-and-a-half because of my film commitment. I just wanted to participate. But six years of training paid off,” says Randeep who is now gearing up for another attempt in the show jumping competition which starts on March 19.
Interestingly the horse that won him the two golds and a silver, is well past its prime. “Johnny Walker came to me as a rescue case, completely hairless. In the last six years I was often told to sell it, but I held on and my confidence paid off. Johnny Walker is special,” says an elated Hooda.
The other equine, Simply Supreme, previously owned by the Poonawallas, was one of the best race horses in the country and came to Randeep five years ago. “Fifteen-year-old Simply Supreme hasn’t competed in a while, but still managed to land a bronze. It’s a show jumper and I’m hoping we’ll put up a good show later in the month too,” says Randeep.
The last few days have been a blur, from waking up early for the competition and then dashing off to report for the Kick shoot.
“Sajid bhai (Nadiadwala) had set an 11 am call time and I didn’t want to be late,” says Randeep, who’s been doing a lot of the “action stuff” with Salman Khan but not atop a horse.
“But the medals have given me a reason to show off to Salman and Sajid bhai,” he smiles.