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Karim ELZOGHBY

Karim ELZOGHBY, Egyptian Jumping, Dressage athlete.

Name Karim ELZOGHBY
FEI ID 10016766
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15/02/1977
Competing for Egypt - EGY
Registrations Dressage 2016
Jumping 2016
Last update 16/05/2016
FEI Database
Dressage 70x70 Jumping 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age nine when he got a part-time job at a racetrack in Cairo, Egypt. "As you had to pay to go to the races, I was always secretly watching with friends. We would help each other to look over the wall. One day I saw a boy fall from his horse. The horse took off and I stopped it. I got talking with the people there and the next day I was allowed to sit on a horse and walk with them. After that, every morning at 05:00 I would run seven or eight kilometres to the track. I was way behind at school, but I wanted so badly to achieve something in equestrian."
Why this sport? His father died when El Zoghby was age two, and his mother had two jobs to support the family. "If I had wanted jodhpurs, she would have had to work for a month and yet I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a rider. We lived not far from the racetrack and I thought that was wonderful until one day I saw someone jump, which was even more beautiful."
Further Personal Information
Residence Kootwijkerbroek, NED
Occupation Athlete
Languages Arabic, Dutch, English
General Interest
Most influential person in career His mother. (ahram.org.eg, 13 Jul 2012)
Injuries He suffered bruised ribs after a fall during competition in February 2015. (horses.nl, 28 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Life is like a cup of tea. It's all about how you make it." (horses.nl, 04 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours He was named the 2011 Equestrian Sports Marketing's [ESM] Rider of the Year. (esmtoday.org, 07 Jan 2012)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Global Champions Tour YouTube channel, 24 Apr 2015)
Other information EARLY DAYS At age six he had a job selling food on the street in Egypt, and at age 13 he went to England to work as a groom. He also worked in the United States of America, Italy and France before settling in the Netherlands and starting his own stable. "My mother asked, 'Is this what you really want in your life? If it is, then you have to do it.' The first years were difficult. I did not speak English and I was homesick a lot. In 2000 I had a moment when I wanted to quit. I borrowed a truck and some horses to go to a show and I won nothing. Everything I had earned in two months was gone. I was so mad, but hard times make you stronger." (horses.nl, 04 Oct 2010)