Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan and the Irish-bred mare Suma’s Zorro claimed the $380,000 Grand Prix in Spruce Meadows producing the only double clear in the competition. Ireland’s Kevin Babington, riding another Irish Sport Horse Mark Q, finished in sixth place. Suma’s Zorro also took the runner up spot in the 1m55 class.
“The mare deserved to win because she was second in the big class on Saturday, and third in the 1.55-meter on Wednesday of the National, so I’m so happy that today was her winning day” commented rider Sameh El Dahan.
Bred in County Kilkenny by Susan Lanigan O’Keefe Suma’s Zorro was purchased by her current co-owner Joanne Sloan-Allen as a foal through Tattersalls Ireland. Since then she has been co-owned and ridden by Joanne Sloan-Allen and Sameh El Dahan, the latter of which has previously recorded international Grand Prix wins in Spruce Meadows, Barcelona and Arezzo as well as representing Egypt at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
Breeding details of Irish Horses:
Suma’s Zorro (AES) – 2004 chestnut mare by Ard VDL Douglas (KWPN) out of Vixens Frolic (ISH), by Horos (TB). Breeder: Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Joanne Sloan-Allen & Sameh El Dahan. Rider: Sameh El Dahan (EGY)
Mark Q (ISH) – 2002 gelding by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD) out of Abbey Emerald (ISH), by Positively (TB). Breeders: John & Barbara Walshe, Co. Carlow. Owner: Kevin Babington & Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Kevin Babington (IRL)
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