Canadian Lamaze wins twice in 3 days at Palm Beach equestrian center

Canadian Eric Lamaze won two classes in three days, including the $130,000 Adequan CSI 3 late Saturday night at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Lamaze, the 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist, and Fine Lady 5 were the fastest in the seven-rider jump-off field with double clear rounds in 40.26 seconds in the “Saturday Night Lights” featured event.

Germany’s Olympic team bronze medalist Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Comanche 28 were second in 40.79 seconds.

Fine Lady 5 is a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare who partnered with Lamaze for an individual bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“Every time I make a plan for her, she just seems to rise to the occasion,” said Lamaze, who divides his training bases between Wellington and Brussels, Belgium. “I gave her a long rest after the Olympics and then started back in Paris and Geneva. She felt great tonight.

“This was a difficult course, but she has done some very big classes lately. It was hard, but for her it was a little bit of an easier class.”

On Thursday, Lamaze and Houston won the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 with double clears in 40.55. The field featured 79 riders, including 15 in the jump-off. Houston, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion purchased by Artisan Farms two years ago, is one of his up-and-coming horses.

“It is a horse that really came off strong towards the end of the season,” Lamaze said. “He is a stallion, so you have to ask things nicely.”

It was Lamaze’s first two wins on the WEF circuit. His last win was at the Rolex Top 10 final in Geneva, Switzerland in December.

source: palmbeachpost

Images© Fabio Petroni: Eric Lamaze when won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 last December