HRH Prince Moulay Rachid chairs opening of 7th El Jadida Horse Fair
HRH Prince Moulay Rachid chaired, on Monday, the opening of the seventh edition of the El Jadida Horse Fair held on Oct. 21-26 under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI at the Princess Lalla Malika Racetrack.
Upon his arrival, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid was greeted by president of the Moroccan Royal Federation for Equestrian Sports (FRMSE) Moulay Abdellah Alaoui.
His Royal Highness was also greeted by agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch, youth and sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine and tourism minister Lahcen Haddad.
At the VIP hall, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid was greeted by HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, president of the Arabian Horse Organization (AHO) and by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al Thani, president of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian club.
On this occasion, His Royal Highness toured the different stands of the Fair which stretches over a surface area of 9 hectares.
His Royal Highness visited villages set up as part of the event and dedicated mainly to craftsmen, to the Moroccan regions, to sponsors, to art and culture, and to breeders.
Afterwards, His Royal Highness watched an equestrian art show by a Royal Guard group which gave a choreography by some 60 horsemen and musicians riding barb horses and Arabian barb horses, as well as an artistic dressage show by French Clemence Faivre who toured the world with her horse "Gautan".
HRH Prince Moulay Rachid also followed shows of horse riding stunts performed by the "académie de voltige équestre sarthoise" (France), represented by jack Ferrari, world champion, Nicolas Andreani, winner of world cup and ranking second in the world, in addition to Antoni Brapetit. HRH the Prince also followed a mixed show (men and women) by the national police (DGSN).
His Royal Highness headed for the Tbourida area where he watched Fantasia shows by 17 riders representing the different Moroccan regions.
Held under the theme "Equestrian Tourism in Morocco", the seventh edition of the El Jadida Horse Fair, which aims to attract 260,000 visitors, is attended by some 120 exhibitors and 450 horsemen from 30 countries.
The program features, besides equestrian activities involving some 810 horses, exhibitions, conferences, shows, and national and international competitions mainly the national Arabian barb horse championship, the international showjumping competition and the 3rd stage of Morocco Royal Tour 2014.