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Nadia Haridass – The finest horsewoman in the country labels Horse Riding as her “Best Choice”

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The first time Nadia sat on a horse she was barely six months old. Today Nadia Haridass is regarded as the finest horsewoman in the country. The relationship she has had with horses as an adolescent has grown into a profound professional bond ever since she started training in the year 2000. “The first time I looked into the eyes of a horse it felt special. I love animals, but this was beyond love – it was a spark of majesty and glory. These lofty animals have been a part of our family for generations. Vivian Bose, my great Grandfather in his exalted status as a justice in the Supreme Court of India would dine with the animals. My mother noticed the affection I had towards horses and decided to enroll me with the Embassy International Riding School in Bangalore. The year was 1999 and since then the trajectory of my learning and performance has trended upwards.”

Nadia Haridass

The first time I looked into the eyes of a horse it felt special. I love animals, but this was beyond love – it was a spark of majesty and glory. These lofty animals have been a part of our family for generations. Vivian Bose, my great Grandfather in his exalted status as a justice in the Supreme Court of India would dine with the animals. My mother noticed the affection I had towards horses and decided to enroll me with the Embassy International Riding School in Bangalore. The year was 1999 and since then the trajectory of my learning and performance has trended upwards.”

In the latter half of 2010, the Indian Equestrian team succeeded in qualifying for the Asian Games in China. However, due to political unrest between the nations, China did not allow the Indian team to participate in what might have been a boost to the sport and the riders. “The incident did have a mental impact on us. As athletes and professional ambassadors of the sport, we continued to train, but not with the same zeal. It’s at this point I decided to pursue a master’s degree in finance and accounting. There was no love lost for the sport – the animals still continued to be a part of my life. It’s just that I wanted to ensure that I have the power to unlock any door in the future should an opportunity come my way.”

Nadia Haridass

Nadia trained in India until 2013 after which she moved abroad and trained with professional trainers. Nadia’s biggest achievement so far has been participating at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. “Mr. Jitu Virwani of the Embassy Group has been phenomenal for the sport. He has been actively involved in the sport by personally sponsoring several riders including myself. Three of the riders that he sponsored even made it to the Indian team. He is the torchbearer of the sport’s future. The sport is an expensive affair, but Mr. Virwani’s attempt at subsidizing the fees has fuelled the interests of many people.” Although the Indian dressage team was placed 6th in the 2014 Asian Games, Nadia thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned immensely from the competition. She has won several National and International competitions over the past decade. But her ultimate goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The road to success is never easy. While studying at the Valley School on Kanakapura Road, Nadia used to wake up at 5 a.m. to spend time mastering the art of riding. Nadia turned her Cant’s into Cans and her Dreams into Plans at a very young age. Her routine didn’t change during her days at Christ University. Currently, she wakes up at 4:30 a.m. for about four times a week, which helps her fit in an hour of riding before she heads off to work, which is past electronic city. On other days she wakes up at 5:15 a.m. so that she can play a quick game of tennis at Bangalore Club before she leaves for work. “It’s crucial that I get started early, because it helps me build a relationship with my horse. Horses that are attached to their riders will go an extra mile for them in a competition. When my horse had a slight injury on his hind leg, he still managed to clear a very high hurdle at the sound of few encouraging words from me.”

Nadia Haridass

I have played several sports throughout my life, but horse riding, I would label as my ‘Best Choice’. Horse riding has been the most humbling yet exhilarating sport thus far. The sport is built on the philosophy of strong partnerships, long-term relationships and mutual respect. These are characteristics of polished individuals – these are traits of well-grounded human beings, which are without doubt worth investing in. Even a twinkle of affection in my horse’s eye is a very special moment, because life is made up of memories like these.”

Nadia’s hard work, determination and passion has got her recognized as the finest horsewoman in the country. She now dreams of representing India in the 2020 Olympics. “I have played several sports throughout my life, but horse riding, I would label as my ‘Best Choice’. Horse riding has been the most humbling yet exhilarating sport thus far. The sport is built on the philosophy of strong partnerships, long-term relationships and mutual respect. These are characteristics of polished individuals – these are traits of well-grounded human beings, which are without doubt worth investing in. Even a twinkle of affection in my horse’s eye is a very special moment, because life is made up of memories like these.”

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