His owner and long-time friend Joanne Sloan Allen announced this on her social media. “Sameh El Dahan has had a challenging time professionally, and after a lot of soul-searching, he decided that he could no longer continue his career on the level that he wants to, whilst he was still under the control of the Egyptian equestrian federation.” This is a reference to his non-selection for the Tokyo Olympics, even though he helped the team qualify and had good results in recent months, including a second place in the Paris LGCT Grand Prix with WKD Aimez Moi. Having lived in Ireland for the last ten years, Sameh eventually changed his sporting nationality to British. It was a tough decision but made a lot easier by the welcome he received from the team manager Di Lampard and the whole of Team GB equestrian, who has made him feel welcome and a valuable addition to their team. The new rider will be a valuable addition to the British team, which struggles to reach the top of team podiums at major events. However, new horizons are opening up for the 2018 Rolex Grand Slam of Calgary winner.
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Photo: Sameh El Dahan Sameh and Suma’s Zorro during Spruce Meadows Masters, Calgary.