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AP Riding Club

Hyderabad has the distinction of producing some talented polo players and jockeys who have made a mark at the international level. Siraj Attari and Shaukat Ali are two names that come to mind immediately. The credit for producing such top players goes to Andhra Pradesh Riding Club (APRC) located in Masab Tank. Labelled as one of the premium riding clubs in India, the Andhra Pradesh Riding Club was established in 1932 by the Prince of Berar, son of the Nizam of Hyderabad. The Prince of Berar christened it as Golconda Polo Club, but it was later changed to AP Riding Club in 1964.

Shehzad Abbas, SecretaryShehzad Abbas, the Secretary of the Riding Club and a well known polo player and erstwhile trainer says the objective of the Club is to promote and popularize riding, mounted sports and polo and to train its members, especially the student members, in the art of horsemenship. The Club has produced many jockeys and trainers including Mir Hyder Ali Khan, the ex-Chairman, Sports Authority of AP and Shehzad himself.

Riding with zealThe APRC is also one of the cheapest riding clubs in the country. The APRC membership charges are Rs 4,500/- for ladies, Rs 4,000/- for students and Rs 9,000/- for regular members, inclusive of 50 free rides. After this, it costs Rs 25/- per ride for women and students and Rs 35/- for other members. Ladies and gents have to just walk in and fill up a form. But what is the response to the riding classes conducted by the AP Riding Club? "The response has been quite good. The young guys are showing tremendous enthusiasm to learn the art of horse riding. Churning out polo playersThere has been a lot of pressure on me to increase the membership fee but I am not giving in," said Mr Abbas. What are the essential things needed to master the art of horse riding? "Practice makes perfect. So one has to practice very hard to be a master in horse riding," says Shehzad philosophically. " If you want to become a good polo player, then you must be a good rider. For this, you need to start riding young. And it takes 6 to 7 years to become a good rider," adds Shehzad who has trained a number of polo aspirants.

Andhra Pradesh Riding Club
Masab Tank
Hyderabad -500 028

Phone: 339 3328

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