Equine Highlight Series - Akaash Maharaj & the Equine Sport Tent Pegging

Equine Highlight Series - Akaash Maharaj & the Equine Sport Tent Pegging

Nortev Ltd on 6th Aug 2021

Akaash Maharaj

Akaash Maharaj’s career has many highlights. He was born and raised in Canada and attended Oxford University in England (Alumni 1990, St. Edmund Hall College) where he took his degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. During his time at Oxford her served for a year as President of the Oxford University Student Union, and had the distinction of being the first ever overseas student to be elected to this position. Akaash credits his academic and practical experience of politics at Oxford for his deeply held conviction that there can be both honour and nobility in public service.

He spent most of his year as OUSU President combatting government proposals to limit the ability of student unions to comment on national affairs. In this effort, he worked closely with Isaiah Berlin, his Senior Member Advisor, and with Roy Jenkins, then Oxford Chancellor and Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. In the end, the government bill was fundamentally redrafted after its hostile reception in the House of Lords, and the Secretary of State for Education was later dismissed from Cabinet.

Currently, Akaash is Ambassador at Large for the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. GOPAC is international alliance of democratically elected parliamentarians, working together to combat corruption, strengthen good government, and uphold the rule of law. (http://www.gopacnetwork.org/)

His work in civil diplomacy has centred on three areas – armed conflict resolution. Defence of human rights. Combatting corruption.

He was raised in the belief that each of us is nothing if not a living memorial to the men and women who have gone before us. If we are to be deserving heirs to their sacrifice and worthy stewards to the generations to come, we have a duty to leave the world a better place than we found it.

Akaash is Chief Executive Officer, of the Mosaic Institute. Advancing pluralism in societies and peace amongst nations, by bringing together peoples separated by conflict.

The end of the cold war, the rise of globalisation, and the eruption of non-state international actors have all converged to provide the final epitaph to balance of power between great states as the defining feature of the international system, which had endured since the Peace of Westphalia. As Canadians, we must act to project our values into the emerging international order, or risk becoming prisoners of the values of others.

As a respected middle power, Canada has a strategic advantage in championing a coherent international framework, capable of enforcing the rule of law and fostering democracy the international arena. Moreover, with the nation-state having lost its monopoly on foreign affairs, individual Canadians can do more than ever to save and improve the lives of people the world over.

Fear has set no people free,

Hate has made no nation great.

Outside of Akaash’s professional life, he is an active volunteer. He has taught adult literacy, has served as a director on a range of international development and local community boards, and has been particularly involved with UNICEF’s efforts on childhood and maternal welfare.

Akaash is also a frequent contributor to national debate. Presents televised essays, and articles in the National Press. His intention is to make a contribution to the national conversation, and occasionally reach past the power of the few to appeal to the wisdom of the many.

He has many other interests, one of which is Tent-Pegging with UNICEF Team Canada. Equestrian skill at arms is one of the most unusual of sports and could be described as chivalry’s last gasp in the modern world. And Akaash risks his life and limb as he captains Canada’s national team at the sport’s International Championships.

To describe exactly what Tent-Pegging is – the sport has a mounted cavalier riding at full gallop across a timed course, both on the flat and over jumps, using sword, sabre, and lance to smite a succession of ground and elevated targets. Although Tent-Pegging’s precise origins are obscured by the mists of time, the sport emerged out of training exercises to develop military cavaliers’ prowess with edged weapons. Tent-Pegging is to the cavalry officer as jousting was to the medieval knight. The sport’s name is drawn from the small tent stakes which served as the original targets in military encampments.

The mainstay of Tent-Pegging remains lancing ground targets conducted at a full gallop, although there are other events as well. The sport draws as much on nimbleness of mind as suppleness of limb. Akaash took up the sport as a member of the Governor General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron, and subsequently went on to represent Canada in global competition. Tent-Pegging originated in India 2,500 years ago. British cavalry regiments stationed in India took up the sport, and it was introduced by them to various other regiments across the British Empire, and is still played.

By riding under UNICEF’s banner, he hopes to lend prominence to and advance UNICEF’s advocacy work against childhood AIDS, and childhood labour, and works to raise funds. One hundred percent of which are donated through UNICEF Team Canada go directly to UNICEF, no funds are retained by the equestrian team or pass from UNICEF to the team.

To relax from his busy schedule, Akaash has some interesting pastimes. He particularly loves to play the piano. What better opportunity to forget about everyday demands and develop his musical imagination. To sit down at the piano. Choose what piece of music to play. And lose himself in the beauty of the melody when time will stand still.

He enjoys to work on his 1979 MGB Roadster, and as he says himself, to prevent it from giving up the ghost. But he loves to get out there on the road when the engine is running smooth, and all those greasy hours spent underneath the chassis have proved worthwhile.

Akaash loves animals, and his farm has become home to many whinnying, braying meowing, barking, chirping, and sighing creatures. Eight horses, one pony, one donkey, five cats, one dog, one parrot, sharing the space. These are the animals who have found a home on his farm. How lucky for them.

Akaash’s horses mean a great deal to him. His investment. Commitment. The drive to have them look, perform and be their best is vital to him. His horse, Chance, seems to have been expressly created for the sport of Tent-Pegging with a Thoroughbred’s lust for speed. Bello, his Warlander, is just beginning to come into his genetic inheritance as a Baroque war horse. Together, the three of them live out the creed that life is best greeted with reckless abandon.

Most importantly, is the health of his horses. It takes a substantial “engine” to power a racehorse racing at top speed, and a crucial component of that engine is a healthy respiratory system. Airway issues, however, can occur in racehorses. But there are ways to improve these athletes’ respiratory function and therefore their performance. (Ref: TheHorse.com)

Racehorses need their breath to run at their very best. But inflammatory airway disease can have a detrimental affect on their ability. Research shows that inflammation can be present but may not have distinctive respiratory signs. Possible causes of inflammatory airway disease can include recurrent pulmonary stress, deep inhalation of dust, atmospheric pollutants and persistent respiratory viral infections. Young horses have higher risk of exposure to these factors because of frequent transport, intense exercise and time spent in stables.

(Science Daily)(Story Source: University of Guelph.) (Journal Reference: Fe ter Woort, Jeff L.Caswell, Luis G. Arroyo, Laurent Viel.)

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