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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
Registration Jumping 2017
Last update 30/12/2016
FEI Database
Jumping 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age nine in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport? He got a part-time job at a race track 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."
Further Personal Information
Residence Netherlands
Occupation Athlete
Languages Arabic, English
General Interest
Most influential person in career His mother. (ahram.org.eg, 13 Jul 2012)
Injuries In February 2015 he suffered bruised ribs after a fall during competition. (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 2011 Rider of the Year by Equestrian Sports Marketing [ESM]. (esmtoday.org, 07 Jan 2012)
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 United States of America, Italy and France before settling in 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)