Satish has a BA in History from St Stephen’s College in New Delhi however education and a recognized qualification with horses did not exist at that time in India and Satish yearned for equine knowledge, therefore, in 1984, he relocated to the United States and studied horse husbandry at the SHASTA College in California.
After gaining a Diploma in Horse Husbandry he then went on to Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, California, where he studied animal science, specialising in equine science. This course included a three-month assignment to Colorado State University, Fort Collins, to complete a specialised course in Equine Artificial Insemination.
Whilst studying at Cal Poly, it just so happened to be around the same time that world famous horseman, Monty Roberts, aka The Horse Whisperer, was lecturing at the University.
“I was one of the few people Monty selected to work with him and I was lucky enough to get a job and stay on, enabling me to gain hands on experience in horse psychology”
In 1987, after earning a diploma in animal science, Satish worked as a farm manager for Taylor Made Farms in Lexington, Kentucky where he was responsible for 200-plus staff and the entire yearling operation, including a string of 400-plus horses. His job included pre-training of young horses applying Monty Roberts’ method of handling horses. He was also in charge of the preparation for sale of yearlings, organising and supervising of feeding and nutrition programmes. During his time at Taylor Made Farms, Satish started up an intern programme for international students who wanted to start their career in the horse business. It later became one of the top equine programmes in the world.
In 1990 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed approached Satish and requested his help in fulfilling his dream of setting up one of the most prestigious racing destinations in the world.
Working endlessly towards putting Dubai on the world map of horseracing. Initially employed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed he then assisted with the development and construction of the famous Zabeel Racing Stables. The stables, set in unique surroundings, boast of training facilities that match the international standards for both thoroughbred and Arabian racehorses. To aid the construction process Satish made sure he visited all continents on the globe to view a multitude of racing facilities.
Satish and his Father Hanuman Seemar, initiated a project to help preserve and the majestic, glorious and rare Marwari breed of horses in India. They built the ‘Dharampura Stud’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
It was in 1993 that history was made as Satish became the first UAE-based trainer to win a race in Europe – when Dayflower won the Middleton Stakes at York in the United Kingdom. Following that success, Godolphin, the private thoroughbred horse racing stable of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, began wintering horses their horses in the Emirate.Godolphin today is a major organisation with success at every level of horse racing around the world.
“I’m obviously very proud to be a part of the beginning of racing here, and to be involved with the setting up of Godolphin, the jockeys’ challenge and the Dubai World Cup”.
In 1998, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hassa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Satish founded Riding for the Disabled, Dubai.
“We have been running this for over 14 years now. This service provides local and expatriate special needs children with therapeutic equine assisted riding programmes aimed at developing their physical, emotional, social and cognitive abilities. “When I first got involved with this organisation, I didn’t have much knowledge in this area, but now after seeing the profound results, it will be a lifelong commitment for me.”
In March 2006, Seemar took over Millennium Stables at Nad Al Sheba and now runs both the stables. Between the stables there is the capacity to stable 150 horses at Zabeel and 120 horses at Millennium. Since the inauguration of official Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian Horseracing in the UAE in 1993, over 750 winners have been trained out of these facilities. Which include a 100m straight swimming pool, equine spa, private training track, treadmill, onsite farrier room.
In June of 2012, Seemar received a very special award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for his dedication to the non-violent approach to training horses. This is something he is extremely proud of. “I have treated horses throughout my life. Her Majesty awarded those people who are making a difference and it is a great honour,” stresses Seemar, who was one among a few selected by Her Majesty the Queen for this unique award. “I think leaders all around the world should follow the Queen’s example and encourage people to respect animals and treat them correctly; that might help to get the message across.”
Click here to watch the award video
Equine: 24 June 2012 – Special award by Her Majesty The Queen: During the special Diamond Jubilee year 2012, Her Majesty The Queen awarded a select few equine extraordinaires around the world for their lifetime efforts to eliminate violence in the training of horses, including Satish Seemar
RDAD: In 1998, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hassa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Seemar founded the famous UAE Charity, RDAD (Riding for the Disabled, Dubai).
“I have had a long and gratifying career in the horse industry and have known Satish for the past 25 years now as both a friend and pupil.
Helping young people has been one of the most satisfying aspects of that career and Satish Seemar ranks high on the list of rewards I’ve received. Good horses can certainly bring pride to one. People however, can even bring one a greater sense of pride.
When I consider who Satish is and what he has done, it is point of pride with me virtually unequalled”.
“Satish’s abilities as a young horseman are the best I have ever seen. His confidence with horses and people provided Taylor Made with a dynamic young horrseman and eventually the director of our intern program”.
Taylor Made Farm Inc
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
During the last 17 years Satish has dedicated his personal time towards the preservation of the Marwari breed. Together with his father, Mr. Hanuman Seemar, he financed and constructed “Dharampura Stud” in Punjab.