Jamal El Jadidi graduated from Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Metiers, Paris in 1984 with a degree in computer science. After returning to Morocco he realized a desk job was not for him. Colonel Maati Maataoui, one of the top horse jumpers in Moroccan history introduced Jamal to the equestrian sport at age 13 and gave him the opportunity to learn the sport from the best. He accepted a position as trainer at the Kenitra Riding Club and went on to ride in the most prestigious horse shows throughout Europe and North Africa.
He eventually emigrated to the United States in 1993. Although that first year was rife with incredible stories every immigrant experiences, they are best told over a cigar. The end result was the opening of Boston Equestrian Center in the spring of 1995. Jamal spent the next couple of years training thousands of New Englanders how to ride, but his heart always belonged to the grand prix showjumping circuit. The capital created from his first business, Boston Equestrian, allowed him to find horses in Europe and the US that he trained to compete at the grand prix level.
The autumn of 1997 brought the addition of a wife, Kathryn, and by the end of 2001 Jamal’s family included daughters Sabrina, Jihan and Amani as well as a son named Said. In 2001 Jamal created BEC Horse Transport. This horse transport company takes equestrians to horse shows, beach rides and back and forth up the east coast circuit. In 2003 Jamal started another business, St. George Tack.
St. George Tack has the duel intention of creating quality gear for athletes on the circuit and acting as a liaison for companies outside the industry looking for sponsorship and marketing opportunities. Jamal was fortunate to maintain his childhood ties and is happy to have his signature gear “Made in Morocco”. St. George Tack not only sponsors grand prix riders on the circuit: this January saw the first of a string of “St. George” horses. The cost of the Euro and the time constraints on Jamal searching for horses led to his latest business, breeding. Two grand prix horses brought Babylon St. George to BEC on Jan. 30, 2006. This new breeding business allows Jamal to bring along his own grand prix horses and travel to Europe with more flexibility knowing quality showjumpers are coming along at home.
Jamal recently wrapped up the winter season at the Wellington Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Fl. This circuit brings the best international riders in the world. The coup de grace for Jamal is to compete for Morocco. As an American citizen, he feels it is very important to represent Morocco as an ambassador for it’s culture and athletics. The Nations Cup requires 3 riders of the same nationality to compete at the grand prix level. Jamal and close friend, Karim Ghaibi continue to represent Morocco as often as possible in World Cup qualifications hoping to find 1-2 riders able to step up to the plate for the Nations Cup and even the Olympics.
Jamal on Grand Prix Jumper – Doron