Fares Azouni

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Fares Azouni
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Born (2006-08-08) August 8, 2006 (age 16)
Amman, Jordan
NationalityCanadian/Palestinian
OccupationShow jumping athlete
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Websitefaresazouni.com

Fares Azouni (born August 8, 2006) is a Canadian-Palestinian show jumping athlete best known for qualifying Palestine for the first time at the Youth Equestrian Games.[1][2]

Fares has competed in both national and international competitions, including the UAE Longines League, the UAE Challenge Cup Final, and the Nations Cup, to name a few. He represented Canada in 2021 and is currently competing for Palestine.[3]

Early life and education

Fares was born on August 8, 2006. Both of his parents are lawyers. His father is a Canadian Palestinian, while his mother is a Canadian Jordanian. Fares started riding as a hobby at the age of 6. He began training and preparing to compete in national and international show jumping events at the age of 13.[4] He did his schooling at the American School of Dubai and Immaculate Heart of Mary School. He participated for the first time in the UAE Longines league in January 2021.[5]

Career

Fares began his show jumping journey with a 12-year-old KWPN mare named Elite. His other partners include Le Chiffre and Tourano with whom he has achieved great results in 2021 and 2022. Fares has received his training mainly in the UAE in addition to England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

His first major international competition representing Palestine was the FEI World Challenge-Qualifier for the Youth Olympic Equestrian Games.[6] Fares won first place in the competition and proudly qualified Palestine for the first time at the Youth Equestrian Games. He has also been a participant in the Youth Equestrian Games held in CHIO Aachen, Germany, where he competed along with 30 other young athletes from across the globe.[7][8]

Fares represented Canada in 2021 in the CSI2* competition held in Sharjah, UAE. He subsequently started competing for Palestine in November 2021.[9]

Awards and Recognition

Fares participated in the Youth Equestrian Games 2022 held in Aachen, Germany, representing Palestine and competing among 30 athletes from across the world. He won 4th place in the team competition with team Asia.[10] In the same year, Fares came first in the UAE Longines Final Championship held in Sharjah in April 2022 (Juniors Section), competing at 135cm over three rounds.[11]

Fares won fifth place in the UAE Challenge Cup Final, his first competition among around 50 senior riders. He came in third place in 2021/2022 UAE Longines League held from October 2021 to April 2022. Fares won third place in Group VII Championship and came second with Team Palestine (Juniors) in the Nations Cup held in Sharjah in February 2022.[12]

One of his major achievements was winning first place in the FEI World Challenge held in Abu Dhabi from 11-12 November 2021, which qualified Palestine for the first time for the Youth Equestrian Games 2022.[13]

Personal life

Fares lived in the UAE and Canada. Both of his parents are lawyers. Besides show jumping, Fares enjoys karting, golf, and football with his friends and family. He also likes to listen to motivational music. His favorite movie is King Richard.

Gallery

References

  1. "Fares A.M.AZOUNI". www.fei.org. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  2. "الفارس الفلسطيني فارس عزوني يتأهل لألعاب الفروسية للشباب لعام 2022". وكالة سوا الإخبارية (in العربية). 28 June 2022. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  3. "نتائج قفز الحواجز لموسم 2021-2022 | إتحاد الإمارات للفروسية والسباق". uaeerf.ae. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  4. "Fares Azouni | Knight Show Jumper I فارس عزوني". Knight Show Jumper. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  5. "فارس فلسطين | By ‎العربية فلسطين Alarabiya Palestine‎ | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  6. "Results - Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club / Abu Dhabi (202100081)". worldchallenges.fei.org. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  7. "30 nations confirmed for the FEI Youth Equestrian Games 2022". FEI. 24 February 2022. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  8. "ei-youth-equestrian-games-2022-ultimate-guide". www.fei.org. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  9. "Sharjah". www.fei.org. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  10. "fei-youth-equestrian-games-2022/results". www.fei.org. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  11. "Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club - Indoor & Outdoor Sand Arena". uaeerf.ae. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  12. "دوري لونجينز الإماراتي لقفز الحواجز". uaeerf.ae. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  13. "Results - Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club / Abu Dhabi (202100081)". worldchallenges.fei.org. Retrieved 6 August 2022.

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