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A Present to the King & Morocco! Abdelkebir Ouaddar Reigns in €95,200 Grand Prix of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan CSI 4*-W

Tétouan, Morocco – October 09, 2022 – It is the victory of a whole people… or at least of a whole public – there was not a single free place in the stands. What Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) achieved this afternoon in the equestrian stadium of the Royal Guard in Tétouan is simply enormous! What emotions when the leader of Moroccan showjumping crossed the finish line as a winner (even if there were still three potential candidates for the victory, but they did not resist to the ambient fervor). And what emotions when these 4000 spectators sang the Moroccan national anthem during the prizegiving ceremony. Yes, this afternoon, in Tetouan, Kebir had the dimension of a national hero!

Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) & Istanbull van het Ooievaarshof

To win this €95,200 Grand Prix of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan CSI 4*-W, Kebir had to be better than his nine other opponents in the jump-off (out of 40 starters), including medal-winning riders in major championships such as Frenchman Simon Delestre (FRA), 3rd, or Swiss rider Niklaus Schurtenburger (SUI) 2nd, or the now Brazilian Olympic rider Luciana Diniz (POR), who was making her return to international competition (4th).

Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) & Istanbull van het Ooievaarshof

But Kebir was inspired and was able to transcend his horse, Istanbul van het Ooievaarshof ( Casall x Calido I), which is not known for being the easiest: “This victory is magnificent because it is a horse that was very difficult, and I managed to get him on my side and today he gave me all his heart.”

Charif Moulay Abdallah Alaoui – President of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports (FRMSE) with Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR)

I dedicate this victory to my country and especially to my king because he is always behind me, I owe him my sporting career and I thank him infinitely. It is a gift for all Moroccans. In Tétouan, we always have a great audience and I felt carried today. Can we say that this Morocco Royal Tour is already a success for the Moroccan rider?

Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) & Instabull van het Ooievaarshof

“It started well,” he said without saying more. Which means that Kebir does not intend to stop there. An ambition that will undoubtedly include a collective victory with the Moroccan team in the Nations Cup next week in Rabat?

Awards Ceremony: Rene Dittmer (GER), Luciana Diniz (BRA), Charif Moulay Abdallah Alaoui – President of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports (FRMSE), Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR), Simon Delestre (FRA), Niklaus Schurtenberger (SUI)

Final Results – €95,200 Grand Prix of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan CSI 4*-W

1) Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) & Istanbull van het Ooievaarshof – 0 / 0 – 45.80

2) Niklaus Schurtenberger (SUI) & Quincassi – 0 / 0 – 47.32

3) Simon Delestre (FRA) & I Amelusina R 51 – 0 / 0 – 47.35

Source: Press Release by Pascal Renauldon / Agence R&B Presse for the Morocco Royal Tour

Photos: © Morocco Royal Tour / Agence R&B Presse / Pascal Renauldon