"In support of Adelaide his
scientific research won the notable award for spatial research and
"In 2005 his research, was
co-authored and published in an Australian journal."
Usman is award winning spatial analyst
and athlete but above all, he is a natural horseman. He spends considerable
time travelling across Australia for FEI Eventing competitions.
This is the story of a relative
unknown man and his bid to compete at Olympics in Equestrian Eventing
Pakistanís only Eventer at an international level (FEI). His training regime led
to injuries through the 4 years he rode for Pakistan from 2005. He was confined to
crunches in 2007 and spent a year in rehab.
returned in 2011 with Al-Buraq as 4 year old. Having failed to qualify
for Asian Games in 2006 and 2010, he took part in Sydney Horse
Trials (3 Day Event) to secure Pakistan's first qualification (Eventing) for
Asian Games 2014. He latter withdrew from the event due to strict quarantine
regulations. He competes at FEI 4 Star level with Azad Kashmir and Al-Buraq.
He rides pure dressage @ Prix St George (PSG) with Al-Khyber who also competes at FEI
3 star. He is the
only recognised Pakistani rider at International circuit (FEI).
In 2017 Usman
qualified for Asian Games to be held in Jakarta 2018, becoming the only
Pakistani to have qualified twice for the event. In 2018, he amazed critics
by winning the FEI CIC 3 star class at Lakes and Craters 3 day event.
Rewriting the national history books, making it Pakistan's first
win after 13 years. Which was followed by another win in 2019 @ FEI CCI 3***
Star at Goulbourn HT and this time with Azad Kashmir. He also won at Geelong
HT with Al Zarib in 2019.
On 1st Dec 2019, Pakistan's Usman Khan and Azad Kashmir shocked the World
Equestrian by meeting requirements for Olympic Qualification Tokyo 2020.
At the age of 16, Usman was
sponsored by Coca-Cola International to participate in the Quest Youth
International expedition. Also, as an athlete, Usman won three gold, two
silvers and a bronze medal at local competitions and qualified for the
National Athletics Championship. At just 17 he attended and co-led four
international conservation expeditions. At 19 he made his first
documentary film. His second film was about the Indus Dolphin Rafting
expedition, and was funded by UNDP and AFP.
At 22, Usman was awarded the Blue
Code (the highest sporting award from an Australian university) when he won
a gold medal in the Australian University National Games. At the age of 25
years, Usman signed the financial contract with Pakistan Sports
Trust (PST). The proceeds going towards Pakistan Roadmap to Olympics and
Beyond. He has acted for TV programs that have been aired on Indus Vision. He believes in himself
and, above all, the might of Allah.
He obtained his
Bachelor of Geographical Information System (GIS) from the University of
South Australia (UniSA) in 2004. His intellectual determination was recognised when he
received the Chancellorís Letter of Commendation (2003-04), the Deanís Merit
Award (2003-04) and was granted Distinguished Membership of the Golden Key
International Honour Society (UniSA Chapter). In 2005 Usman was granted a
full academic scholarship by the Centre of GIS at Monash University, Masters
Research Degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences. In 2005, Usman won the South Australia Award for Spatial
Industry Research & Development (R&D). His spatial research has also seen him
nominated for Australia's Fresh Innovators Award.
Usman has previously worked in
spatial industry with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Pakistan, the United
Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna, Austria, as a consultant
to URS Corporation Australia, Satellite Imagery Analyst with UniSA and GIS
researcher with Monash University. In 2005 he became the youngest serving
executive director for Vanasee Media Corporation, Australia. In 2007
worked as a GIS Divisional Coordinator / Business Analyst with Department of
Water (WA) in Perth. In 2007-2008 as a Business Analyswith Department of Lands (NSW) and Environment Protection
Authority (EPA). In 2008-2009 Senior Business Analyst with Department of
Human Services (DHS). In 2009-2010 he worked for Institutional & Corporate divisions for
Australia leading bank ANZ.
He latter joined Australia's largest Superannuation company 'Superpartners'
as a Process Specialist. His IT consulting took him across NBN, BUPA, DHS
and Telstra contracts.
He went on to take
Business Systems Award - Telco from Australia's largest infrastructure
company 'Leighton Holding' in 2014 with comprehensive work in establishing
real-time workforce management system & mobility. As certified & accredited
Agile Practitioner (ScrumMaster), certified Six Sigma 'Green Belt' and
certified Lean 'DFSS', his work portfolios exceed $2.5 billion across
transformation and migration projects. His several business management &
digital product roles span across NBNCo, Telstra & Ericson.