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Press Release


Equestrian: Riders from Bangalore to represent India at the 17th Asian Games, 2014

Bangalore, India – July 24, 2014: Ajai Appachu, Fouaad Mirza and Nadia Haridass, three of Karnataka’s veteran show jumpers from the Embassy International Riding School, Bangalore, will be making their way to Incheon, Korea for the 17th Asian Games 2014.

This year, the Asian Games will be held from the 19th of September to the 4th of October. The Equestrian sport has been featured in the Asian Games ever since it was staged in New Delhi in 1982. To date, Japan leads with the number of accolades collected at the Asian Games for the Equestrian sport. Japan is followed by South Korea which is in turn followed by India.

The selection process for the Indian team this year was exhaustive. It covered 5 trials, qualifiers and competitions from October, 2013 to April, 2014. There were five Jury members involved in making the selections for each of the competition’s disciplines; Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.

Appachu, Mirza and Haridass train in Bangalore’s premier horse riding school: Embassy International Riding School (EIRS). Each has meticulously trained under reputed instructors. Appachu has earned several equestrian accolades at events world-wide. Recently, he placed second at the renowned Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup in Scotland. Appachu is also the chief instructor for budding equestrians at EIRS. At 22 years of age, Mirza has performed splendidly, having won over 50 medals at Regional and International championships.  He placed fourth at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup earlier this year. Nadia has been a consistent, best performer in the Dressage category and has gained recognition in equestrian circles, winning many laurels and competitions, representing the country at both, national and international platforms.

The Managing Director and Chairman of Embassy Group and owner of EIRS, Jitu Virwani, said, “We at Embassy International Riding School believe in providing a comprehensive education in horsemanship; this is only possible with the right tutelage and riding facilities. We strive to encourage riders to achieve the highest standards in the sport.” Jitu added that “It is an absolute privilege to have been able to support these three gifted riders at the school and in their riding careers. The training received here is just the beginning of a long and successful riding career for each of them.”

Appachu, Mirza and Haridass have made their mark in the Equestrian sport world-wide, bagging medals in almost every field of the equestrian sport. The Asian Games is a coveted platform wherein these three accomplished Indian riders can once again make the nation proud. 

About Embassy International Riding School (EIRS)
The Embassy International Riding School was founded in 1996 with the objective of promoting the Equestrian Sport in India, giving budding equestrians the opportunity to take up the sport and compete at an international level. The school is run by Ms. Silva Storai with a team of highly qualified instructors. EIRS is operated according to British Horse Society (BHS) Standards. The 240 acre campus is in Devanahalli, 27 kilometres north of Bangalore city. EIRS Stables can house up to a 130 horses and ponies. EIRS is run with both equestrian and hospitality objectives. It promotes the equestrian sport in India by providing an all-inclusive training in the Equestrian disciplines. Riders of all ages are encouraged to strive to achieve the highest standards of the sport.

About Embassy Group
Embassy Group is one of the leading property developers in India with a track record of over 28 years in real estate development.  Embassy has an extensive land bank across the country and has developed over 35 million sq ft of prime commercial, residential and retail space in India as well as Malaysia and Serbia. Embassy’s portfolio of real estate developments spans the commercial, residential, retail and hospitality segments of the real estate industry. While the commercial real estate business includes the development of business parks for the IT/ITeS sector, SEZs and corporate office space. Embassy’s ongoing residential projects include luxury apartments, villas and integrated townships. Embassy’s residential projects are also designed to obtain IGBC Green Homes gold ratings as part of the efforts towards creating sustainable developments.

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