Aisha to be Pakistan’s first female jockey

Published: May 8, 2011

27-year-old hopeful despite odds stacked up against her.

KARACHI: 

Aisha Nadeem is making an unprecedented move: launching her career to become Pakistan’s first female jockey.

Nadeem’s love for horses goes back to her childhood days after watching her father tending the animals and preparing them for the races.

“I have been a regular at the Karachi Race Club (KRC),” Nadeem told The Express Tribune. “I had aspired to be a rider but things never worked out.

“There have been only two jockeys who are working at the KRC and both of them are brilliant. It also takes time for people to trust me with their horses since I’m a woman and the general perception is that we can’t take the pressure in a race.”

The 27-year-old believes that women’s interest in the sport is very limited and most are involved as owners. The biggest challenge for her as a female jockey was to gain the trust of the owners.

“I don’t know if I have a future with it or not but for now, I have to bear with my male counterparts who are very supportive but they also make fun of me at times.”

According to the Jockey Club of Pakistan (JCP) Secretary Brigadier Mohammed Akram Khan, the female jockeys are still unheard of in Pakistan and that it is an alien concept in the horse-racing community.

“I don’t think women would be able to deal with the pressure, the jockeys need to pull the horses and it requires a lot of labour,” he said. “As a result, they are limited to being owners and that’s about it.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2011.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 8, 2011 - 2:17AM

    Though no relationship with Aisha, I am very pleased to read about her determination and achievements especially on the eve of Kentucky Derby, which is going to start any minute and I am very anxiously waiting for it. JCP Secretary Brig. Mohammad Akram Khan is too judgemental and people like him are the real hurdles in our society. In today’s Kentucky Derby a female Jocky Rosie Napravnik is taking part and there is a great chance that she wins one of the greatest sport event of the world. Once again I congratulate Aisha for choosing a career in one of the finest and most prestigious sport. Good luck.Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 8, 2011 - 4:18AM

    Good to hear. I wish her the best! Recommend

  • Anti Conspiracy Psychos(ACP)
    May 8, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Aisha???
    bur shez only 6!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Samira
    May 8, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Cool. Wish her all the best!Recommend

  • a ercelan
    May 8, 2011 - 10:54PM

    what will our grand mufti say? african muslims perform mutilation to deny the right of women to sexual pleasure. shall muslim women on horses be also considered a threat to male muslim sole right to have and give pleasure?Recommend

  • bling bling
    May 9, 2011 - 2:46AM

    I wish her a long, successful career so she can shut those up who ever doubted her and women, in general. Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    May 9, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Best Wishes to her.. God Bless! Recommend

  • Saman
    May 9, 2011 - 12:42PM

    Best of luck to Aisha :)Recommend

  • May 16, 2011 - 6:18PM

    NICE. I am very glad to read about aisha.We welcome.GOOD LUCKRecommend

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