King Mohamed VI of Morocco has been named Owner of the Year for 2015 by the Jumping Owners Club, thanks to the exploits of top ranked stallion Quickly de Kreisker.
Ridden by Moroccan star Abdelkebir Ouaddar, Quickly de Kreisker had a string of successes throughout 2015, including victories in the CSI5* Al Shaqab Grand Prix and in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha, as well as victories in the CSI4* in Bourg en Bresse; CSI5* SaintTropez and CSI 5*Chantilly. The pair also placed many times in various high-level classes in 2015.
The award, a bronze sculpture specifically created for the Jumping Owners Club, was presented by president Christian Baillet, to Prince Moulay Abdellah Alaoui, President of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports and Abdelkebir Ouaddar, on behalf of King Mohamed VI, during the CSIO 5* La Baule in France.
“It is so important to recognise the incredible commitment and passion the owners dedicate to our sport, as well as the support they provide to ensure our athletes have access to world-class horses,” FEI President Ingmar de Vos said.
“Owners play such a crucial role and go unrecognised far too often. Without them we wouldn’t have a sport. This award is to acknowledge that dedication and loyalty, and we are delighted that the 2015 Owner of the Year award goes to His Majesty Mohamed VI, King of Morocco for his wonderful horse Quickly de Kreisker. Quickly and his rider Abdelkebir Ouaddar are a joy to watch and have given so many people so much pleasure. We wish them every success for their Olympic debut in Rio where they will be the first Moroccan equestrian athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.”
The FEI Owner of the Year Award was created in 2004 to recognise the most successful owner of each year. To determine the winner, a classification is established based on points during the calendar year.
Baillet said the fact that a horse competing for Morocco won the title for his owner was an illustration of the growing universalisation of showjumping.
“The club was glad to have the opportunity to present the trophy in France, home country of legendary rider Marcel Rozier, who has been successfully training the Moroccan team for many years,” Baillet said.
Previous winners of the Owner of the Year Award are John, Pat and Lisa Hales (GBR) for Arko III in 2004 and 2005; Mrs Serena Hamberg (AUT) for The Sixth Sense in 2006; Mrs Nancy Clark (USA) for Shutterfly in 2007; Mr Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Mr John Fleischhacker (USA) for Hickstead in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Mrs Beverley Widowson (GBR) for Carlo 273 in 2011 and Big Star in 2012, Jane Clark for Cella in 2013 and the Holsteiner Association for Casall Ask in 2014.
Created by the FEI in 2004, the Jumping Owners Club is an exclusive organisation of international owners which works towards growing the popularity of the sport around the world. It is the only body which represents the views and opinions of the owners, and works closely alongside the FEI in building the profile and inclusiveness of jumping.