Abdullah Interviews Abdulwahab Al-Faris
I am extremely happy and delighted with today’s big shining star that graces p0ach’s front page.
There is nothing more elegant/breathtaking/royal than being a horseman, a horse’s friend a loyal companion and, why not, a fierce competitor with a vision to empower the country’s youth.
Aside from his local and international success, he is very easy and flexible to deal with and I loved how easy going he went with the whole interview flow. I must confess that I share the same interest in horse riding, never rode one though, so you owe me a free lesson Wahab, yes ?
Get to know a local talent that will definitely inspire you.
Ladies, *ahem* he might sweep you off your feet, *gasp* and click away!
Introduce yourself to the world.
My name is Abdulwahab Al Faris, Im 26 years old and I have a Bachelors degree in Business, I work at The Kuwait Fund For Arab Economic Development.
Like most guys I love to play and watch football but my real passion goes for horses. I loved horses since childhood but didnt know where that would take me. Anything shown on tv that was related to horses would attract my attention.
At the age of 14, My father noticed my interest and decided to take me to a horse riding club that was owned by the ministry of defense (My father was an officer in the army). It all started when the trainer of advanced level riders saw me training with the beginers and asked me if I was interested to train with them and ofcourse I accepted and since then I never missed a trainning session.
Where are you, competition wise, what have you been up to ?
I have always loved competitions because it serves me great satisfaction competing with the best.
However, my first competition was back in 1997 in the beginers level and climbed up until I reached the advanced level.
I went on to win many trophies both on national and international levels, but unfortunately I had to put my riding career on hold as I had to pursue my bachelors degree in the UAE. I always knew that my passion for horses will lead me back to complete what I started. This long gap away from riding has for sure affected my riding skills and since graduating from university in 2007 I have been working extremly hard to regain my previous form.
What was the biggest lesson you took from your trainer?
One of the things my first trainer taught me was how to be a true horseman and how to take good care of my horses because they were my responsibility.
The bond I have with my horses exceeds the few hours I spend in training. I spend a generous amount of time making sure my horses are healthy, comfortable, fit and most importantly “HAPPY”.
I will never forget the support of the late Sheikh Salem al Sabah and the Army Sports Federation for their unlimited support and strong believe in me.
Im fortunate to have full support from my parents, family and friends.
Im also fortunate and proud to be part of the Hunting and Equestrian club Showjumping team where we share mutual support and a true team spirit.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now ?
I will continue to give my all to this sport untill hopefully I achieve something important that will honor my country and parents.
Throw a line for p0ach readers.
To all p0ach readers, not all people are fortunate to get the opportunity they dream of, but with commitment and hard work you can create your own opportunity, So dont sit and wait, go and make it happen.
*AMEN to that*