|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|International Debut||Jakarta Asian Games 2014|
|Coach/Mentor||Sandra Auffarth (German equestrian)
|Horse(s)||• Seigneur Medicott (Primary)
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• Dajara 4
• CIC2 2018, Netherland
• CCI3*-S 2019, Poland
• Individual eventing at Asian Games 2018, Jakarta
• Team eventing at Asian Games 2018, Jakarta
|Records (main ones)||• First Indian equestrian in the last 20 years to qualify for the Olympics.|
|Awards & Honours||Arjuna Award (2019)|
|Date of Birth||6 March 1992 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||29 Years|
|Educational Qualifications||Degrees in Psychology and Business from England. Sportskeeda|
|Hobbies||Reading books, Feeding his horses|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Dr Hasneyn Mirza (Equestrian veterinarian)
Mother- Indira Basapa (Homemaker)
|Siblings||Brother- Aly Asker Mirza (Veterinarian, Equestrian)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Fouaad Mirza
- Fouaad Mirza is an Indian equestrian who is known as the first Indian equestrian to win a medal at an individual equestrian event at the Asian Games 2018 since 1982. Fouaad is the third Indian equestrian to qualify for the Olympics.
- Fouaad Mirza was born in a family of equestrians. Fouaad belongs to the 7th generation of Aga Ali Askar, the Persian horse trader who moved to Indian in 1824. Fouaad’s father explained their family tree and their connection with horses as
Well there was an Aga Ali Askar who came from Iran in 1824 and brought horses with him. We have records to show that the family was involved with horses and racing for many years before it arrived here. I am of sixth generation in the lineage. Since Ali Asker arrived, our association with horses has been unbroken. At one time, he had nearly 700 horses stabled behind his house near Fathima bakery. Behind that (Johnson Market), the area is called Arab Lanes because all the Arabian horses were stabled there.”
- Fouaad’s father, Dr. Hasneyn Mirza, is an Equestrian veterinarian, and his brother, Aly Asker Mirza, is a professionally trained equestrian.
- Fouaad first sat on a horse when he was just 6 months old. He was never frightened of the horse. Fouaad explains his childhood connection with the animal as,
My father is a vet who specialises in horses and that’s how I was pretty much introduced to the sport. I grew up around animals and I was very fond of being outdoors. I never had a Gameboy or a Playstation. I was a kid who was outside, playing with the dogs, horses, cats.”
- Mirza started practicing horse riding at the age of 5, he used to ride horses after coming back from school. As he grew up, the competitive streak in him developed and he decided to practice sport professionally. He participated in several equestrian events during his school days, including National Equestrian Championship, Junior National Equestrian Championship, and many more.
- Fouaad Mirza’s marked his international debut at the 2014 Jakarta Asian Games, where he participated in both Individual eventing and team eventing but could not earn any medal.
- Fouaad Mirza made the headlines in 2018 when he won 2 medals at the Asian Games, first in the Individual event and second in the team event along with Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh. Fouaad rode on his favourite Seigneur Medicott for the Asian Games.
- Fouaad Mirza earned his first international gold by winning in CIC2 held in Netherland. In the same year, he also won a won Silver medal in CCI1 held in Germany.
- Mirza bagged his second international gold medal at CCI3*-2 event held at Strzegom in Poland.
- Fouaad Mirza is a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award. In 2019, Fouaad was honored with the Arjuna Award for his excellence in Equestrian and for making India proud.
- Fouaad received an Olympic quota in 2020 after finishing on the top of the rankings in the South East Asia Oceania group.
- Fouaad Mirza did his Olympics training under Sandra Auffarth, a German equestrian in Bergedorf, a small city in northern Germany.
- On 2 August 2021, Fouaad Mirza cleared the cross-country round at the Olympics 2020 marking the 23rd position riding his horse Seigneur Medicottedicott. Later he will compete with 24 other Olympians for the top position.
- Fouad Mirza’s primary horse Seigneur Medicottedicott faced a serious injury in 2019 and was not in a situation to compete for more than 8 months. But the pandemic helped him in having some time to heal and he was perfectly fine before flying to Tokyo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mirza in an interview, talking about Seigneur’s recovery, said,
Seigneur Medicott is a fighter, we managed to get him back and in good form after the injury despite the vets and experts being doubtful. Dajara is lesser experienced but has far more potential. These two horses are very different from the two that helped India get the slot in 2019. But I’m lucky to have them both qualified, it’s an advantage to have two horses in the race.”
- Fouaad Mirza loves spending time with his horses. He has a farm in Bangalore which is spread over 1.5 acres with 12 horses residing there. Fouaad feeds the horses, trains them, and takes them for walks to establish a deeper bond with them. During an interview, he revealed that he spends more than 12 hours per day with his horses. He said,
We train every day, I look after them myself, I am in the stable for almost 12 hours.. we feed them, we train them, take them for walks, to graze, icing their legs. It’s like you would with any pro athlete… physio, recovery, massage.”