Sameh El Dahan just won the CSI2* Grand Prix of Waregem. He talked to us right after leaving the arena for the prize giving.
Did you know you were going to win when you entered the show ground?
I really wanted to win this one because so I watched Gudrun (Patteet) and Max (Sebrechts) ride. In the beginning I was really focused on Gudrun because I know she is a very fast rider who can make the difference. Then I saw Max going even faster and I know I could do it. My horses naturally is very quick even in the turns. Therefore I knew I didn't had to focus on the distances that much. I just trusted my horse and it all worked out in the end.
Hi, what do you think of the show in general?
I really like it here. We got some really nice courses to jump. I came here to prepare myself for the Olympian qualifier that will take place in Morocco. I'm very happy to be here. It's a really nice show. What I like most about it, is that you have different levels, you have a CSI1*, a CSI2* and of course the 5 star. This year I choose the CSI2* because I think this was a better preparation for the Olympian Qualifier. I hope to start on the five star level here next year".
You won the Grand Prix here today. What are the next shows you will be competing at?
Next week I will be competing in Barcelona but I won't take Zorro. After that, I will go to Morocco.