Buddhist monk Kenki Sato won the Asian Games eventing individual gold medal on Saturday, which he said was all part of the "special life path" he is on.
Sato, who said before the event that he would "put some grains of salt on my horse for good luck" has been riding since he was seven and said it was something that gelled well with Buddhism.
"I like riding and do what monks normally do and I take both seriously," said Sato, who completed a year's study at a Buddhist monastery where his father is the clerical head.
"My monk identification goes quite well with riding and I am quite good at both.
"I would like to combine this monk identity with the rider identity. I would like to pursue a special life path."
He paid tribute to his horse.
"I would like to thank my horse," he said. "We two have been supporting each other all the way here."
Source: AFP South Asian Edition