Earlier this month we welcomed Indian rider Naindeep Sethi for a week of training
in preparation for his BHS Stage 3 Ride assessment. We caught up with him to find out more ...
Hello Naindeep, firstly, where is home for you?
I’m from the central part of India and worked there for 3 years before moving to Singapore 18 months ago. I’m now an instructor and training for my British Horse Society qualifications at an equestrian centre very similar to Checkendon, which is in the process of renewing its BHS approval.
When did you start riding?
I began riding when I was 8 years old, at my boarding school. I’m not from a horsey family at all!
What's your story so far?
I completed my Stages 1 & 2 in Singapore. I have come to the UK to take my Stage 3 Ride because the assessment isn’t running in Singapore this year.
I’m a competitive rider and have won 32 showjumping medals, including at National Championships 1 Gold, 3 Bronze and 4 Copper (4th) places.
And what are your plans for the future?
I want to continue to BHS Stage 4, then my plan is to be based in Europe and represent India in showjumping.
How have you found being at Checkendon?
It’s good! I like the horses (Bembridge is my favourite) and the coaches. It’s very similar to the centres I know in India and Singapore. Everything works in a very similar way. The weather is better here for riding though, not so hot!
Finally, we have to ask you about your Turban...
It’s 7.5 metres of cloth. I’ve had many falls and been kicked several times, but the Turban has always protected my head. For me, it feels much safer and more secure than a hard hat.
We have been delighted to host Naindeep and welcome him to the Checkendon Equestrian family. We wish him the very best of luck with his future training and competitive career. If you’d like to follow Naindeep’s journey, you’ll find him on Instagram at @naindeep_sethi.