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FAREAH AL-WAGAYAN

FAREAH AL-WAGAYAN

“It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.”

 

Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Fareah AlWagayan. I’m an auditor in State Audit Bureau of Kuwait and I’m an endurance horse rider.

Tell us about your education.
I have an accounting Bachelor’s degree from Kuwait University.

Tell us about your career journey.
My entire journey was full of difficulties, especially as the sport is not supported by the government. I had to work very hard to let my country and people know me and had to practice in private stables and the desert, training for long hours. It was very difficult to manage time between my job and my horse riding training. Alhamdulillah, I overcame all of these difficulties and won many regional and international races. I am now an international rider having participated all over the world.

How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
I work from 8:00am to 2:30pm then I hit the road for an hour and a half to Wafra Desert and I practice until 6pm. I arrive home at 8pm. It’s a long and busy day and exhausting but when we love something we do what we have to do to achieve our dreams.

What is your biggest strength?
Passion and surviving.

Do you have any weaknesses?
The fear of losing someone I love.

Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
I’ve made some wrong decisions but I learned to be who I am right now.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
I have faced many challenges like riding for long distances (eg.100km, 120km, 160 km). In addition, most endurance horse riders in Kuwait are men so being a woman in this field is so hard. There is no support from the competent authorities.

How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
By winning the race and representing my country. This is my biggest motivation.

What do you do to relax?
Horseback riding.

What has been your proudest moment so far?
Winning the world ladies cup in Verona Italy at 120 km.
3rd place in SH. Mohamad Bin Rashad 100km race (the only girl among 140 male riders)

What is your biggest fear?
Losing someone I love.

What is your favourite quote?
“It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.”

Name one item in life you can’t do without.
Coffee.

Best advice you have ever taken?
Don’t be afraid to fail, just keep trying.

Share three books on your nightstand.
المراة الكاملة
السجينة
الجريمة و العقاب

In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Confidence, courage and determination.

What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
Participating in the World Champion Cup at 160km.

What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Follow your dreams no matter what difficulties you face in your life.

How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
First, I’d like to thank CP Magazine for the appreciation. It’s my pleasure to be a part of the event, especially on an important day for all women in the world. Big thanks!

Your message for the team at CP magazine:
Big thanks to CP Magazine for the trust and appreciation.

 

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