• Padmja Sopori

Horsing Around

Horses have been a huge part of our lives from centuries. After being domesticated in 3500 BCE, horses have been used on farms, as mounts for travellers, law enforcers, sportspersons, and even bandits and dacoits. But most importantly, horses have served as companions and friends. Hobbyist World catches up with Manasi Scott, who talks to us about her love for equestrians and equestrianism.

Why do you think it's important to have a hobby?

It’s important to have many if we’re going to get even close to living our one, wild, precious life to the fullest!!

How do you take out time to pursue your hobby?

I just wake up and go.

Horse-riding demands an early night and a 5 am wake-up call and one ride is enough to take away all the stress and power you on for a long time.

How were you introduced to horse riding? And how long have you been riding?

My father was a competition level rider, as was his father and both were Lt. Generals in the Armed Forces and as such it was in my blood, I guess.

Papa tried to put me on a horse when I was barely 3 and they looked so daunting I shied away.

When I was 9, I think, he didn’t give me a choice and put me on my first ever horse.

I fell off.

He put me back on and from then on it was in my veins. I loved every second of it.

I gave it up for almost 20 years and got back on a horse a few years ago and have stayed on as much as I can.

What discipline do you ride?

Right now I just ‘joy ride’.

I used to compete in Dressage and Showjumping and win almost all!!

Favourite place to ride?

Haras du Morne in Mauritius, with hills and forests on one side and the sea on the other.

Describe your ideal horse to ride.

I don’t know about ideal but my 2 greatest horses were from the OTA.

Gambhir was a brown stallion I won many a Dressage medal with.

Patton was a black beauty with a white diamond on his forehead and took me to many showjumping wins.

Manasi Scott is a singer, songwriter and actress. To find out more about Manasi, you can visit her website