Some fathers and sons bond over football, fixing up the junkyard car in the garage, or camping in the wilderness. For J. Tim Dutta and his 14 year-old son Timmy, the bond formed naturally through a shared love of horses and the sport of polo.
Tim Dutta grew up riding horses and playing polo in his native India. In 1988, he started The Dutta Corp, an international equestrian shipping company that flies horses all over the world. The company grew to the point where Dutta could afford to finance his own polo team. His son expressed an interest in the sport, took a few lessons and realized he had a natural gift for polo. The pair rides together daily and, along with Dutta’s wife Susie who competes internationally in dressage, travels the world pursuing their equestrian lifestyle.
“It’s great to play with my son, especially when he’s this talented,” Dutta said. “We’re just enjoying ourselves and having a great time. We’ll see where it goes.”
Six months ago, Timmy began riding Balalaika, a powerful 40-goal Thoroughbred mare purchased from champion hall of fame polo player Memo Gracida. The duo recently won the Horse Gym USA Horse of the Month award for May. Balalaika trains on one of the company’s equine treadmills, and the workouts have made her even more powerful on the polo field. The partnership with Timmy was successful from the start.
“It was an instant love affair for my son,” Dutta said. “Balalaika is a very experienced horse. She’s played high goal. She has an incredible amount of speed. She’s very brave and she loves to play with my kid. She is a twin turbo Ferrari. She’s as nice a horse as you can get.”
The Duttas live in Wellington and play at Grand Champions Polo Club. In April, the Dutta Corp team won the club’s Santa Rita Abierto 16-Goal Tournament. It was Timmy’s first big win since he started playing a little over a year ago. He is one of the youngest players to win the tournament in GCPC’s history. Not only is Dutta proud of his only child, he thoroughly enjoys spending time together around the horses.
“We spend about 40 hours together every week doing something we love,” Dutta said. “We ride together in the afternoons and discuss horses. We are together every weekend. It’s a great feeling to do this with my son. It’s huge to share a passion for something at this level.”
Dutta is thrilled to see his son excelling at the sport he loves so much.
“With his talent and skill set, he can be the best that he wants to be,” Dutta said. “I hope I can support him in whatever he wants to do. He’s extremely talented and he has all the skills to be a top player. He’s an excellent rider. He has the heart and the will and the distance to go. It’s a question of time and luck, but he’s on his way.”