BENGALURU: The video of a nine-year-old boy falling off a running horse just to return on a two-wheeler and mount the galloping colt and the race went viral on social media.
The daredevil rider, Lokesh Sattigeri of Vaddarahatti village in
taluk, Belagavi, on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, however, is not happy too after all social media glory The reason: The horse owner gave him only Rs 1,000 instead of the promise 50% of the Rs 3,000 prize, citing the horse’s treatment costs.
The boy was, after all, doing the stunt to get some money to meet his family’s bread and butter needs. He is the youngest of four laborers, Basappa and Lakshmi, who slog in the fields to collectively earn Rs 200 a day. Lokesh is a student of Lakshminagar
School and is now getting ready to join class 4
The incident happened during an 8km
At Aranya Siddeshwara Jathre organized in Kerur in the neighboring Chikkodi taluk.
“After running for about 3km, the horse which was speeding around 40-50km / hr jerked and hurtled me to the ground. The horse lost its balance, but it has recovered and started running its own. I could feel my hones rattling, but there was a big goal before me. I got the bike of my coach, Siddaiah Shankaraiah Hasundi, who was following me, chased the horse, mounted it and went on to win the race, “Lokesh told TOI over phone.
Lokesh said that there was no question of falling fall. “I was clear about my goal – to win the race,” he said.
O Hailed’s As Bahubali Media On Social
Known local as Jockey, Lokesh is now being hailed on the internet as Bahubali, after the eponymous film. Lokesh has won less than 10 races in various fairs organized in the three years in the district. Asked how it felt being called Bahubali, Lokesh said, “I do it feed my family and feel good about it.”
He is bitten by the horseriding bug as a child, given that he is an important part of the fairs.
“I used to take Lokesh to meals and he enjoyed watching people ride horses. When he was six, I bought a horse paying Rs 5,000 from my savings. Within a few days, Lokesh started riding the horse under the guidance of Siddaiah and started participating in different fairs. He won the first couple of races and soon Now, they take him races and he wins them. They pay him 50% of the winning amount, “said Basappa, Lokesh’s father.
Asked whether he was not shocked when Lokesh fell from the horse and almost came under the wheels of a two-wheeler, Basappa said, “He enjoys riding horses and falling from horses is nothing new for him.”
Talking about his summer holidays, Lokesh said he would train himself to become a better jockey to win more races in future.
Siddaiah, 22, who is also from Vaddarahatti, said he had also been in racing, but had to quit as he gained weight. “Lokesh is a quick learner,” he added.
8-10 races a month
According to horse riding coach Siddaiah Shankariah Hasundi, there will be 8-10 horse race events during the fair and other public events every month in Belagavi district.
The winning horse walks away with Rs 5,000 prize money, while the second and third prizes entail Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000. “There will be impromptu horse races in villages where people bet on winning horses without knowing that it is illegal. Horse racing is an informal industry of sorts and many people make a living out of them. On an average, 10-12 horses participated in any race in the district, “Siddaiah said.