The Equestrian Club of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, India
Introducing Anish Gajjar, Horse Man of India
By Gina McKnight
Photography Courtesy of Nrupal Mehta
There is a place in India where the love of horses surpasses all understanding. It is a place where equestrians and equines thrive in harmony, integrity and friendship. It is a community that promotes rider ethics and horse welfare; a place where riders convene to embrace and learn the wonders of quality horsemanship. It is the Equestrian Club of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, India.
Anish Gajjar, Co-Founder of the Equestrian Club of Gujarat, Freelance Equestrian Trainer and Riding Instructor, is a seventeen year veteran on the equestrian scene. He is a charismatic entrepreneur, creating a firm foundation for one of India’s premier riding academies. Gajjar is candid about riding and his passion for horses. Through the years, he has enabled many to fulfill their dreams of horsemanship, while providing an outlet for his own ambitious ventures.
The riding club is nestled on the outskirts of the Ahmedabad suburb. The stables are clean and comfortable; the horses are grand and sleek, with a whinny now and then. The smell of horses and leather permeate the facility. As with any quality riding club, the horses are kept with utmost care. Each horse is stalled separately, without hobbles as is customary in some Indian stables. The brick and mortar stalls are settled neatly in rows with adequate space for grooming, tack, and the frequent affection provided by riders and visitors.
Gajjar arrives at the stables every day by six am for his morning ride. Students appear shortly thereafter for riding lessons and coaching sessions. Upon entering the riding academy, each student is evaluated as to their level of expertise. The chosen horse is determined by the size and weight of the student; a quiet, gentle horse is given to an inexperienced adult or child, while educated riders can begin with a more spirited horse. Students range from children to adults, novice to intermediate levels.
Under the expert guidance of Gajjar, students learn proper equitation as well as respect and care for horses. Students learn that horses can recognize anxieties and desires through physical messages and focal movements; that physical and focal cues act as communication tools to achieve the desired response from their mount. The large riding arena is surrounded by mango groves and beautiful landscape. The arena adjoins the stable providing adequate room to hone basic riding techniques as well as jumping and dressage skills for horse shows and competitions.
Gajjar not only provides clients with riding lessons, but also the opportunity for guidance with equine training, procurement, breeding, and nutritional/health management. Working with local veterinarians and horse experts, Gajjar has formed a deep friendship and camaraderie amongst horse owners.
It is hard work, but as Gajjar indicates, “Hard work has no short cut and success is not achieved overnight. One should not get disheartened at short term obstacles, but should focus on long term gains.” His vision has become a reality; he is world renowned for his riding expertise, advocacy for the ethical treatment of horses, and, most of all, his mesmerizing, beautiful horses.
If you have the opportunity to travel to Ahmedabad, stop in and visit with Gajjar. He will readily welcome your intrigue and take you a tour of his facility, and maybe a quiet ride through the nearby mango grove and dry riverbeds. .
With a pleasant smile and confident stance, Gajjar states, “Tell me it can’t be done, and I will do it; tell me the goal is too high, and I will reach it; place an obstacle in front of me and I will soar over it; challenge me, dare me, or even defy me, but do not underestimate me - for on the back of my horse anything is possible.”
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Gina McKnight is an author and freelance writer from USA