NAMMIER AHMED - HORSE RIDING FROM THE AGE OF 9
I am passionate about animals and it is my admiration for their prowess that I took up Equestrian.
Nammier is an eighteen-year-old rider from Assam, India. He will be appearing for his ISC examinations from The Assam Valley School, Balipara, Assam.
Why did you choose Horse Riding as a Sport?
I am passionate about animals and it is my admiration for their prowess that I took up Equestrian. I have been pursuing the sport from the age of nine. As a competitive rider, I have gone from competing in Inter-School competitions to State level and to the National level competition. My disciplines are show-jumping, dressage, tent-pegging, and endurance.
What were your initial experiences and difficulties with the sport?
Initially despite the innumerable falls, on my path to get comfortable in the saddle, despite the difficulty in the basics, my love to learn the sport and my bond with the animal kept me going.
What do you love the most about the sport?
I love the bond that I share with the equine and the daily excitement of new adventures. It’s a sport that I can never get enough of as I’m constantly learning for the horse.
Why did you decide to give race horses a try?
Being in this sport I realized the need to give race-horses a second career and hence I took part in the 'Retraining of Racehorses' (ROR) programme by Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in Dibrugarh, Assam. The program was also awarded the FEI Solidarity Award in 2017. A first for an Asian country. I currently ride and compete with ex-racehorses which initially was a problem due to lack of proper training of these horses and other constraints associated with ex-racehorses. However, now having been part of the ROR I am able to now care for and train the horses on my own.
Are you planning to partake in Competitions?
I was also chosen to represent my region (North-East) in the National Cadet Corp (NCC) - Republic Day Camp (RDC) 2018. I am also part of the Assam Equestrian Team.
The following are the competitions that I will be participating in the forthcoming months:
Assam Horse Show (Dibrugarh)
Delhi Horse Show (Delhi)
Regional Equestrian Meet (Guwahati)
Regional Equestrian Meet (Tezpur)
Shillong Horse Show, 2019 (Meghalaya)
Junior National Equestrian Championship
Republic Day Camp, 2020 (Delhi)
What are some of the challenges you face even today, how do you overcome them?
The challenges we face are the lack of sports horses in the region. We are now able to re-train ex-racehorses with the help of the ROR training. However, the health and other problems faced by ex-racehorses still persist