Press release, Rabat October 14, 2022
And this Moroccan success is brilliantly completed by the surprise fourth place of Majid Djaidi (Mister d'Eclipse) in a Grand Prix SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA AMINA where all the big favorites fell in the first round: 4 faults for the Frenchman Simon Delestre, the Belgian vice world champion Jérôme Guéry, the Canadian Beth Underhill, the last winner of this Grand Prix (in 2019), the Brazilian Bernardo Alves, without forgetting the withdrawal of the Tetouan winner, Abdelkebir Ouaddar.
After a first victory on the MRT, in Tetouan in 2018, El Ghali Boukaa has just written a new chapter in the history of this fabulous Moroccan circuit. "I have been riding this mare for just one year and she has been just amazing. I am very happy, very moved, it is an indescribable feeling”. Before this victory was decided, El Ghali Boukaa had to wait and observe the passage of eight of his opponents. An interminable moment: "We stress at each of the eight courses, we wait, we wait hoping to win and at the end, it is an explosion of emotions".
Today, if this Grand Prix was particularly successful, it was thanks to the architect, the French course designer Gregory Bodo, who was able to bring the expected number of ten riders in this second round, which thus turned into a long jump-off: "His courses were magnificent, we had the best course designer today," paid tribute to the winner. “Personally, I love to ride his courses and today he delighted us with his layouts, it was magnificent".
In any case, what a great series for Moroccan show jumping at home. Abdelkebir Ouaddar in Tetouan, El Ghali Boukaa in Rabat... who's next in El Jadida? Meanwhile, Morocco has another challenge ahead of it. Collectively this time with the Nations Cup on Sunday where it will face some of the best teams in the world. A new nice surprise to hope for?
1) El Ghali Boukaa, MAR – A Kyss (0)-(0)/43.08-0, 2) Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida, POR – Imposing van de Renger (0)-(0)/44.11-0, 3) António Matos Almeida, POR – Calypso de Kamelia (0)-(0)/44.21-0, 4) Majid Djaidi, MAR – Mister d'Eclipse (0)-(0)/44.65-0, 5) Barbara Schnieper, SUI – Escoffier (0)-(4)/42.41-4, 6) Francisco José Mesquita Musa, BRA – Catch Me Marathon (0 )-(4)/43.06-4, 7) Mel Thijssen, NED – Cartolana 2 (0)-(4)/43.49-4, 8) David Will, GER – Zaccorado Blue (0)-(8)/41.76- 8, 9) Christoph Obernauer, AUT – Kleons Renegade (0)-(8)/43.77-8, 10) Jeanne Sadran, FRA – Unforgettable Damvil (0)-(8)/45.10-8