Wellington, FL (May 17, 2016) — HORSE GYM USA®, the Wellington, Florida equine fitness company, awarded its May Horse of the Month Award to the Dutta Corporation’s star polo pony, Balalaika. The Dutta Corporation Polo Team has had an incredibly successful 2016 season, and after the addition of a HORSE GYM USA® | WALK treadmill to its fitness regimen, the team is looking forward to even more success to come.
Balalaika, who has been partnered with Tim Dutta Jr. (Timmy) for a little more than six months, has already had an incredible career. The American Thoroughbred is a 40-goal horse from champion player Memo Gracida and has played all around the world. “She is my favorite horse,” explained young Timmy Dutta with a smile. He continued, “She is very well built and no one will get by her. She also has a ton of heart and never gives up.”
Timmy Dutta, who was born into a horse-loving family, fell in love with the sport of polo after watching his father, Tim Dutta, play. Tim Dutta grew up playing polo in his native India. He later moved to America and started his famous international horse transportation company The Dutta Corporation, and married dressage rider Susie Dutta. The Dutta Corporation manages the flights and transportation of top horses around the world. The Dutta Corporation is also an integral sponsor of the United States Equestrian Federation High Performance Teams— including being the title sponsor of the United States Dressage Team that will compete in the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Dutta Corporation Team isn’t your average polo team. “We train our horses differently than most barns do,” explained Tim Dutta. “We treat them like 4* three-day eventing horses and not polo ponies. We ride them differently and train them differently. We spend more time riding them like show horses and less time riding them for fitness— and that is where the HORSE GYM USA® treadmill has been very helpful.”
Two months ago, the Dutta Team acquired a WALK treadmill to help their horses build strength and fitness even while not being ridden. The HORSE GYM USA® | WALK treadmill features a touch display and has ten fixed programs installed, with up to 100 additional program slots. The combination of adjustable speed and incline, as well as the ability to control the intensity and duration of a session, allows for a horse’s conditioning program to be expertly tailored to the specific horse’s needs— which is perfect for the 15 horses on Dutta’s team.
According to Timmy Dutta, “After working on the treadmill, Balalaika’s topline and hind-end really improved. She was a competitive horse before, but since using the treadmill as part of her daily routine she has transformed into being incredibly fit and powerful. This year, we won seven out of eight 16-goal games and won the 16-goal finals. Next year we are looking to be in the 20-goal games and hopefully we will win there as well.”
Polo, a unique sport in the equestrian world, contests teams of four riders against each other in every match. Each team has five or six horses that are rotated throughout a two-hour game. “The WALK is a great addition to a competitive polo team,” said Jill Townsend of HORSE GYM USA®. “The added fitness benefits will help give the Dutta horses an edge on the field, and we are looking forward to seeing the continued success of The Dutta Corp. team.”
HORSE GYM USA® is a company known for its innovative fitness and therapeutic equipment that ranges from treadmills to salt water hydrotherapy spas and solariums. After years of hearing success stories from customers whose horses had benefited from HORSE GYM USA® products, the company was inspired to create the HORSE GYM USA® Horse of the Month Award to recognize the most impressive transformations in equine athletes who have used products to achieve their fitness and competition goals.
HORSE GYM USA® is thrilled to be a part of success stories like Balalaika and the Dutta Corporation Team’s, and looks forward to hearing more such stories in the future. HORSE GYM USA® can be found at several horse shows throughout the U.S. all summer long. To learn more about HORSE GYM USA® and how its innovative products can help you attain your equine conditioning goals, visit www.horsegym.com.
To be entered to win the HORSE GYM USA® Horse of the Month Award, send a before and after photo of your horse to Jill@horsegym.com. You can also follow HORSE GYM USA® on Facebook and Instagram.
Photo: Tim Dutta Jr. and Balalaika of The Dutta Corporation polo team at their home farm in Wellington, Florida (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).