Horse rider spurring on women to 'rein' supreme at new equestrian club in Abu Dhabi

Written by Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:15
Jameela Al Ameri’s women-and-children-only horse stables in Al Wathba are opening up the sport to a whole new section of society. Jameela Al Ameri’s women-and-children-only horse stables in Al Wathba are opening up the sport to a whole new section of society. Antonie Robertson / The National

Globe-trotter Jameela Al Ameri has made horse riding her life's passion – and now she is on an equestrian quest to help other women get saddled up for success.

The enterprising Emirati horse rider has travelled the world to take part in races, and has won a clutch of awards and represented Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his endurance races after a chance meeting at an event in Jordan in 2011.

She has vaulted over many hurdles to enter a world that is often dominated by men in the UAE, but she says many other women don't have that chance.

Rather than sit back and accept social conventions, however, she has become a trailblazer for equestrian equality by taking the reins of her own women's-only stable.

"Many women and young girls used to tell me how much they wanted to learn horse riding, but couldn't because most stables are mainly dominated by men," she explained.

"Only in rare cases some families approved of their daughters being coached by men or at common stables.

"I also used to feel shy and hesitant when my male coach would fix my posture or compliment me on my skills." ...READ MORE
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