Barid Al-Maghrib unveiled, Monday in Rabat, the special issue of a postage stamp in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Horses (SOREC).
The postage stamp, presented during a ceremony organized at the museum of the Barid Al-Maghrib group, is the result of an internal drawing competition organized by the two institutions, embodying the equine universe in a creative way.
On this occasion, the Managing Director of the Barid Al-Maghrib Group, Amin Benjelloun Touimi, underlined that SOREC has contributed since its creation in 2003 to the positioning of the equine sector as a driver of development, particularly in rural areas, which do not ceases to work for the promotion and influence of the country’s equestrian heritage.
The horse is part of the history of Moroccans and constitutes a treasure of national heritage, he noted, highlighting the many special programs devoted by Barid-Al-Maghrib, on different occasions, to highlight the various facets related to the equine world.
For his part, the Director General of SOREC, Omar Skalli, indicated that the two institutions have a common point which consists in preserving the essence of Moroccan identity, adding that the issue of this new postage stamp is the t opportunity to underline the daily efforts and the strong commitment in favor of this sector in order to support its development and participate in the socio-economic growth of the country.
“This program reflects our values, including the passion we have for horses”, he continued, maintaining that it is a shared passion that drives all employees and which has been concretized by the internal competition carried out.
For her part, the winner of the competition for the design of the stamp, Yousra Beddaou, specified that the competition saw the participation of twenty candidates employed at SOREC, explaining that her design illustrates Moroccan heritage, through the three worlds of horse industry, namely breeding, Tbourida and horse racing.
This new issue enriches the philatelic collection issued around the horse in Morocco, such as the stamps on the occasion of the 5th and 10th editions of the El Jadida horse show in 2012 and 2017, the international horse show in 1967 and the Fantasia in 1970, horse week in 1986 and 1988, equestrian sports in 1981, etc.