“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” – Sharon Ralls Lemon.
Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am Nayef Alenezi an equestrian traveller.
Tell us about your education.
I’m a mechanical engineer with a bachelor degree from Tennessee Tech University.
What is it exactly that you do?
I explore places and travel on horseback. We are currently working towards building a community where people with such passion get together and find support when needed.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
I’ve loved nature and horses since my childhood. Later, I decided to combine my love for horses and travel so I started to explore the beauty of nature with horses.
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
The love I have for horses and the adventures I do with horses.
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
I’ve explored many countries and cultures on horseback such as Uzbekistan, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan, France, Egypt, United States, Australia and Tunis. However, I am still at the beginning of my journey.
How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
My family started supporting me when they felt the love I have for what I do.
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
My top heroes are all the people who work for Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO) Horse Therapy Centre. To know more about what they do please check this link https://www.google.com/amp/www.adwonline.ae/unique-therapy-for-special-needs-kids/amp/
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
My busy work schedule and making more time for equestrian competitions.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
We all have a passion for something in life. First, we need to find that passion then enjoy it.
How would your friends describe you?
Most of my friends love what I do; others still don’t understand why I spend a lot of time with animals and nature.
What are some of your hobbies?
Horse riding, gardening, hiking and shooting.
What are some of your top achievements?
My previous competition successes include:
•Representing Tennessee Tech University equestrian team in Eventing and Show Jumping competitions.
•Competed in Big South Fork Endurance Race 2015 – Tennessee, USA.
•Competed in Gobi Desert Cup, Mongolia 2019.
•I attended a lot of international shows such as Salon Du Cheval De Paris, France and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show in Arizona.
•Rider at Kuwait riding center.
•I have ridden horses in many countries such as the USA, Portugal, France, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Australia.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
To help the youth to be more active, make memories that last and show them the beauty of nature. Also, to educate people about horse therapy and how they can benefit from horses in modern life.
How did it feel to be chosen for this award?
First of all, thanks for supporting the youth in Kuwait. This is encouraging me to do more.
Your message for other young and talented people out there:
Find your passion and grow with it!
Your favourite quote:
‘Live your life by a compass, not a clock.’ – Stephen R. Covey.
Tell us about a dream that you would like to fulfill or make it a reality:
One of my dreams is to explore Mongolia again, border to border on horseback. Also to compete in the Mongolian Derby, Mongolia 2020 – the longest and toughest horse race in the world.