In a sport largely alien to the masses, Bengaluru has been home to some of the country’s best talents ever produced in equestrian for more than two decades now. Adding the cherry on the cake was the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Fouaad Mirza’s qualification to the Tokyo Olympics where he finished among the top-25 riders.
The sound of horses galloping is all too familiar at the Tarahunise village in Bengaluru rural district which houses the Embassy International Riding School that produced Mirza. And now, India’s premier horse riding facility is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary on November .
It all began with real estate tycoon Jitu Virwani’s love for horses. The lack of Indian representation in the global riding arena, made the Chairman and Managing Director of the Embassy Group invest and make the sport, which remains exclusive to those in the armed forces, more accessible to common public.
“The original idea was to just set up a riding school for the residential locality we were to develop”, said Virwani about his objectives for opening EIRS that is spread across 240-acres.
“That, however, changed into dedicating the entire space for equestrian to provide quality training for Indian kids, encourage them to compete in the international circuit.