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Death of respected Moroccan equestrian pioneer

HRH Princess Lalla Amina and FEI President HRH Princess Haya at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne (SUI) in 2011. © FEI/Hugues Siegenthaler

Princess Lalla Amina and FEI President  Princess Haya at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne in Switzerland last year. © FEI/Hugues Siegenthaler

Moroccan equestrian federation president Princess Lalla Amina has died at the age of 58 after a four-month battle with lung cancer.

An emblematic figure in Moroccan equestrian sports and President of the Fédération Royale Marocaine des Sports Equestres since 1999, Princess Lalla Amina was a devoted and accomplished equestrian.

President of the Moroccan league for Child Protection, she was a strong advocate for children’s rights throughout her life and worked tirelessly on national legislation and the harmonisation with international laws and conventions. She was a member of the honorary committee of the global movement of mothers, Honorary President of the Hadaf Association for the protection of disabled persons and also chaired the Moroccan Association for promoting arts for the disabled.

“HRH Princess Lalla Amina was a wonderfully generous person who always put the needs of others first,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said.

“She has had a profound impact on the lives of so many young people and her dedication and lifelong work will continue to provide those in need with a better framework to help them in times of trouble.

“Lalla Amina was an example and a mentor to me personally, and to every young woman in our region who loves horses. No one person has done more for the equestrian community and its development in Arabia and Africa than she did. The vacuum she leaves will be impossible to fill, and we will all miss her terribly.

“Everyone that had the chance to know and work with her in the equestrian world are devastated by her passing. She was a truly remarkable woman,” Haya said.

Chairperson for Special Olympics Morocco, Princess Lalla Amina was elected the first African sport leader for the global movement that aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and friendship.

In 2004, Princess Lalla Amina was awarded a Special Olympics International prize. She also received the Women and Sport Trophy awarded by the International Olympic Committee and was decorated in 2007 with a second division Wissam al-Mohammadi by HM King Mohammed VI.

Horses were an important part of Princess Lalla Amina’s life. As well as riding and breeding horses, she was actively involved in equestrian sport as well. She was elected president of the organising committee of “Horse Week” in Dar Es Salam (Rabat), and was also the coach of the Moroccan national team and a national Jumping judge.

She owned the dressage horse Floresco NRW, who competed at the World Cup dressage finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last April. He was ridden by Moroccan dressage rider Yessin Rahmoudi, the first representative of an African country to compete in Olympic dressage. His horse Floresco NRW is owned by HRH Princess Lalla Amina, an aunt of the King of Morocco, HM Sidi Mohamed ben Hassan  competitionsel-Alaoui.

Princess Lalla Amina was pre-deceased by her husband, Moulay Driss El Ouezzani, former president of the Royal Moroccan Equestrian Federation.

She was the daughter of late HM King Mohammed V, sister of late HM King Hassan II, and aunt of HM King Mohammed VI.

 

 

 

 

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