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Eric Lamaze Scores Back-to-Back Grand Prix Victories at Spruce Meadows

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5. Photo by Sportfot.

Calgary, Alberta – Canada’s Eric Lamaze scored back-to-back grand prix victories at the iconic Spruce Meadows show jumping venue in Calgary, AB.  Hot off his win riding Chacco Kid in the $500,000 CSI5* RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex, on Saturday, June 8, Lamaze repeated his winning ways on Sunday, June 16, by capturing the $390,000 CSI5* Friends of the Meadows Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, riding Fine Lady 5 to close out the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ tournament.

Forty-one of the world’s top show jumping athletes tackled the technical track set by Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt in the Meadows on the Green ring.  Seven riders, including three Olympic gold medalists, delivered clear rounds to set the stage for what would prove to be a thrilling jump-off.

2012 Olympic Champion and current number one rider in the world, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, was the first to return for the jump-off.  He set the early pace, turning in a clear performance in a time of 38.68 seconds riding Venard de Cerisy.  Speed demon Kent Farrington, a member of the U.S. silver medal team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was up next with Creedance.  His time of 38.73 seconds was close, but not close enough, and would leave him fourth in the final standings.

Lamaze and Fine Lady 5, a 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms LLC and his Torrey Pines Stable, sped around the track in a time of 38.65 seconds to move to the top of the leaderboard.  When two-time Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden pulled a rail with Darry Lou, all eyes turned to Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and Amsterdam 27.  The 1984 World Cup champion took his best shot, coming home in 38.67 seconds, just two hundredths of a second behind Lamaze and one hundredth of a second in front of Guerdat.  It was all up to the final challenger, Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt.  Riding CHE Fantastica, Weishaupt crossed the timers in 38.78 seconds.  While seemingly close to Lamaze’s winning time of 38.65 seconds, it would only land him fifth in the final standings.

“I have never seen an event where the riders were this close,” remarked Vaillancourt, the only Canadian show jumping athlete other than Lamaze to have won an individual Olympic medal, claiming silver at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

“It was a great jump-off; everybody in there knows how to go fast!” said Lamaze, 51. “Anyone could have won today but my horse seems to jump the lowest in the air; she just skimmed the last fence.  She jumps quite flat and lands carrying the speed.  Some horses are more agile than others at being able to go fast, and it sure makes our lives easier.  My horse deserves a lot of the credit.”

Despite her winning form, Lamaze is already thinking ahead to Fine Lady 5’s future.

“She’s 16 this year, and she’s been an incredible horse for me,” said Lamaze of his Olympic individual bronze medal partner at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  “It’s hard to think retirement when you see her jumping like this, but I want to leave with her winning and feeling great about the sport.  She deserves it.”

Earlier in the week, Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 finished second to Farrington and Creedance in the Scotiabank Cup on Friday night, June 14.  At last week’s CSI5* ‘National’ tournament, the pair topped a 14-horse jump-off to win the PwC Cup on Thursday, June 6.

Following a week of rest, international show jumping competition will resume at Spruce Meadows with the CSI5* ‘Pan American’ and CSI5* ‘North American’ tournaments.  Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 are the defending champions of the $500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup, presented by Rolex, which will be held during the ‘North American’ tournament on Saturday, July 6.

Lamaze is the all-time leading money winner at Spruce Meadows with more than $6 million in career earnings.  For more information on Eric Lamaze and his Torrey Pines Stable, visit www.ericlamaze.com.

CONTACT: Jennifer Ward | cell: 613-292-5439 | www.startinggate.ca

Aiken Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida had the jumper competition “shakin’” in Aiken Week I of the inaugural Aiken Summer Classics winning both first and second place in the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome and the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery.

Farlinger rode into the winner’s circle Saturday night with both the first and second place rides in the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery, besting a field of 31 horse and rider teams. She earned the blue ribbon aboard Keren Halperin’s Free Style and second place with Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock.

“My horses were spectacular, obviously, and you can’t ask them to do any better than they did,” said Farlinger. “They tried their hearts out for me and I was blessed,” she commented.

“This was Freestyle’s first Grand Prix. He’s done a few Welcomes and did a $15,000 1.40 m last winter at The Ridge, but this is the first won he won,” commented Farlinger.

“I’ve been riding him [Free Style] for about six to seven months. He’s done really well. He’s interesting, very scopey, careful and deceivingly fast. He has all three ingredients going for him,” said Farlinger. “I always thought he could be a winner and he has proved me right,” she added.

“I’ve ridden Saly Glasman’s horse Rocky [Maharees Rock] for about a year and we’ve done some grand prix. She has a lot of blood and she really pulled it all together. She couldn’t catch Freestyle, but maybe if she had been my first ride, who knows? Maybe she would have won,” said Farlinger.

The course was designed by Steve Stephens and the first round was set with a time allowed of 84 seconds. Only eleven advanced to the jump off round where the time was set at 47 seconds.

First to go, Jenna Friedman of Morriston, Florida aboard her own Glorix Van De Mispelaere, had a rail in a time of 34.958 seconds which would finish them in sixth overall. She was followed by Farlinger and Free Style who turned in the first clear round in a time of 34.662 seconds and set the time to beat.

Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence were next in the order, but their time of 35.132 seconds and four jump faults would finish them in seventh overall.

Genevieve Edwards of Guyton, Georgia in the irons of her own Vantablack De Muze followed Payne but four faults in in 36.517 seconds would see them in eighth place.

Adrian Jones of Shamong, New Jersey and Santa Catalina Farm’s Cruising Altitude followed with an eight fault jump of round in 37.891 seconds, finishing them in eleventh overall.

Payne returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Wendy Luce’s Marshal M. Dillon. Eight jump faults in a time of 36.243 seconds would place them tenth overall.

Farlinger returned with her second mount, Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock. Although clear, their time of 37.497 seconds put them in second behind Free Style.

Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma followed in the order, turning in a four fault round with a time of 33.905 seconds which would see them finish in fourth place.

Friedman returned to tackle the course, this time in the irons of her own Zidoctro. Four jump faults in a time of 38.780 seconds saw them finish in ninth overall.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous followed Friedman with a four fault round in 33.994 seconds put them in fifth overall.

Michael Kearins of Wellington, Florida aboard his own Sligo Balou Boy sat in the enviable last to go position. Although the pair turned in a fault free round, their time of 37.705 seconds would finish them in second place.

“I am so appreciative of the support I receive from my owners, riders, and sponsors. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. And I love my sponsors, Antares, Fabbri Boots, and Ride Every Stride — they are wonderful and make us ready for the show ring,” she added.

Farlinger Takes Top Two in $7,500 Welcome Class

The jumper action kicked off Week I with the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome, which saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue over a course designed by Steve Stephens.

Kim Farlinger did a bit of foreshadowing when she won both the first and second placings in the Welcome with Keren Halperin-Guy’s Free Style and Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharee’s Rock, respectively.

Of the nineteen horse and rider teams to advance to a second round opportunity, only twelve went clear over the course with a time allowed of 50 seconds.

Jenna Friedman and Zidoctro were first to go in the second round and set the new time to beat at 41.810 seconds. The Welcome became a horse race, with most every horse and rider beating Friedman’s time. It was only until Farlinger and Free Style’s clear second round in a time of 35.615 seconds that set the time no one could beat. Only Farlinger herself and Maharee’s Rock came close with their clear second round time in 36.561 seconds.

“Rocky [Maharee’s Rock] is really learning how to be a winner and she really pulled it together this week in both classes,” commented Farlinger.

Third place finisher, Maryann Charles of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Tyler Bunn’s Callione, rode a fault free second round in a time of 37.109 seconds. Adrian Jones and Jamie Stryker’s Cavello earned a fourth place ribbon for their fault free second round in a time of 37.775. Genevieve Edwards and Vantablack De Muze finished in fifth place with their fault free second round in 37.775 seconds. Sixth was awarded to Michael Kearins and his own Sligo Balou Boy for their fault-free second round in a time of 38.037 seconds.

Dash for the Cash!

Friday night the exciting $5,000 Fabbri Boots Dash for Cash Non Pro 1.15 m Jumper Classic took place, welcoming a field of twenty horse and rider teams to the grand prix arena.

Erin Mcguire of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own Kasarr rode away with the blue after turning in the fastest clear round in a time of 62.094 seconds.

Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Ramiro Cruise took second place, and Ryleigh Threatt of Mooresville, North Carolina and Crown Sage/Vartech Systems’ All In earned third place.

Fourth place was awarded to Tori Bilas of Charlotte, North Carolina and her own Brisbane, and Chelo, owned and ridden by Quorine Harwood of Napa, California, finished in fifth place.

Arianna Tucker of Kannapolis, North Carolina and her won Polly Pocket placed sixth, and Austin Cumming of Madison, Georgia rode Lily Bennett’s Westpoint Baros to a seventh place finish.

Alexandra Doyle of Canton, Georgia and her own Wrozbita were awarded eighth place honors, and Christina Webb of Bahama, North Carolina rode Fox View Farm’s Lalainy to a ninth place ribbon.

Tinita Hughes of Athens, Georgia and her own Proxio placed tenth, and Celeste Kohl of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Maarten Huygens’ Une Etoile De L’Eclypse to an eleventh place finish. Shelby Sapienza of Ocala, Florida wrapped up the class with a twelfth place ribbon in the irons of Paige Moose’s Flint.

Killam Pilots Ayla to the Win in $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby

The $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue ribbon and Ayla, owned by Empire Show Stables, piloted by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, bested all of them with their leading score of 85.

Second place with a score of 84.5 was awarded to True Enough, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Leon-Britt of Marietta, Georgia.

Ravello, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and owned by Micaela Kennedy, placed third for their overall score of 82.5.

Fourth place honors for their score of 81.125 went to Fitz, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia. The pair also won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Absolu De Bloye, owned by Kyle Dewar and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, earned a fifth place finish, and To-Kalon Z, owned by Quorine Harwood, ridden by Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida, placed sixth.

Helen Byrd’s SLF Bellarena, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned seventh, and Eleventh Hour, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Britt-Leon, took eighth place honors.

Kelly Sims of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Private I earned a ninth place ribbon as well as the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Basalt, owned by Allison Mills and ridden by Cathy Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned a tenth place ribbon, and Jerez Mail, owned by Micaela Kennedy and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, placed eleventh. Wrapping up the class with a twelfth place finish was Empty Nest, owned by Linda Gavit and ridden by Stephanie Von Bidder of Aiken, South Carolina.

Carnaval Elite, owned and ridden by Whitney Lind of Bethesda, Maryland, won the Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Cake Walk, owned and ridden by Lily Hiller of Statesboro, Georgia, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Dress Balou, owned by Donald Stewart and ridden by Tyler Bunn of Cary, North Carolina, won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Remington, owned and ridden by Mary Antonini of New Orleans, Louisiana, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

“This was a magnificent class and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out,” commented Bob Bell, Classic Company President. “We’re looking forward to another exciting Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby next week,” he said.

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Belgians Best Irish in Thrilling Sopot Showdown

Pieter Devos and Apart. (FEI/Lucasz Kowalski)

Belgium posted a back-to-back double when coming out on top in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Poland 2019 staged at the popular seaside town of Sopot (POL). The team included two members of last year’s winning side, Pieter Devos (33) and Niels Bruynseels (35), who were joined by Gudrun Patteet (34) and Yves Vanderhasselt (40) to do it all over again.

But the roller-coaster competition went right down to the wire, the result decided in a tense third-round jump-off against Ireland in which Devos’ chestnut gelding, Apart, rattled a few poles but left all the fences standing to bring it home for the 2018 series champions.

He had only just sealed the jump-off slot in round two when Belgian Chef d’Equipe, Peter Weinberg, asked Devos to take on Ireland’s Paul O’Shea in the third-round showdown.

“I said OK, I’ll do it, and normally Apart is very, very fast, but today he got a bit stressed when we had to go back into the ring almost straight away. But he always gives me everything and hey, everyone is very happy if you are last to go and you win it for your country!” — Pieter Devos (BEL)

It was a very different story at the halfway stage when the Dutch seemed to already have it in the bag after three effortless clears. Belgium, France, and Ireland were all chasing with four-fault scorelines, and Team Germany were close behind with just five on the board, but the French were hampered by the withdrawal of pathfinder Simon Delestre as round two began. So despite clears from Olivier Robert (Tempo de Paban) and Roger Yves Bost (Sangria du Coty), they were obliged to add the four collected by Alexis Deroubaix and Timon d’Aure at the final Longines planks and that saw them lose their grip.

Meanwhile, Dutch domination collapsed when Willem Greve (Zypria S) also hit the last, Bart Bles (Israel vd Dennehoeve) and Doron Kuipers (Charley) both faulted at the open water and Kevin Jochems (Cristello) lowered fence 10 on the course designed by Poland’s Szymon Tarant who was making his debut at 5-Star level.

In contrast, the Irish stood firm with double-clears from Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) and Shane Sweetnam (Alejandro) backed up by a second-round clear from Peter Moloney (Chianti’s Champion), which meant that Bertram Allen (Harley vd Bisschop) didn’t need to return to the ring.

The Belgians didn’t have such an easy run of it when Vanderhasselt’s mare, Jeunesse, hit the second element of the penultimate triple combination. Bruynseels and Delux van T&L had been foot-perfect second time out and Patteet and Sea Coast Valdelamadre Clooney posted the second part of a brilliant double-clear, but if Devos couldn’t leave all the poles in place then he would be handing the top step of the podium to their Irish rivals. Typically, however, he didn’t flinch, and a jump-off was now on the agenda.

You could hear a pin drop as O’Shea led the way against the clock for Ireland, but his 12-year-old gelding hit the first fence before coming home to break the beam in 46.97 seconds. It seemed Devos would just walk away with it now, but the normally fully focused Apart seemed uncharacteristically lacking in concentration and hit the top pole at the first element of the penultimate double really hard, only for it to roll back into place. They crossed the line three seconds off O’Shea’s target time, but their zero score would seal it for Belgium.

Devos was delighted with Apart’s performance: “He has done a lot of great things, and has won many 5-Star Grand Prix and World Cup classes, but this is his very first Nations Cup and to go double-clear and then win it in the jump-off is very special!

“My wife (Caroline Poels) rode him up to 5-Star level and then I took over – he’s a fantastic horse with a great character. When he’s in the ring he gives me everything!” Devos added.

A total of 10 countries are contesting Europe Division 1 this season, and following this third round of the series, Belgium has moved into second place behind the leaders from France. Each country has been allocated four points-earning opportunities throughout the seven-leg league, and Sweden, the only country that has not collected points to date, will be making their seasonal debut at Geesteren (NED) where the Dutch will be hoping for better luck on home ground.

Only the top seven nations in Europe Division 1 will qualify for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2019 Final in Barcelona (ESP) in October where there will also be one last remaining Olympic qualifying spot up for grabs.

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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Almighty Clinch $36k Sunday Classic CSI 4* at TIEC

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Almighty ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 11, 2019 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Almighty laid down an unbeatable jump-off performance in Sunday’s $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 4* to conclude Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Charity Horse Show competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 33.363 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), cleared the short course in 34.904 seconds to earn second place, and Samuel Parot (CHI) guided his own Thriller P, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Lucky Light), to a speedy four-fault, 33.509-second round for third.

Kelvin Bywater (GBR) designed a course that tested its entrants, with 20 trips attempting the first-round track and five pairs returning for the jump-off. Bull Run’s Almighty, a 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam De Revel) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, has been improving his jump-off form in recent weeks, VanderVeen explained. “I’ve really been working on jump-offs with him because he’s not naturally a speed horse. It’s been really encouraging to see in the last couple classes that he’s really stepped it up.”

Following Wordley’s blazing-fast jump-off performance, VanderVeen was able to utilize her horse’s stride and tight turns to deliver a clean run that was more than a full second faster. She elaborated: “He has a huge stride, so I think I was able to leave out a stride in the first line, and then down the last line I was also able to leave out a stride, so that helped me cover the ground a little bit faster than Sharn [Wordley] – his horse is really fast!

“I was thrilled with [Bull Run’s Almighty]. It was nice – the ring dried out really well for us in the afternoon, and it ended up draining great [after rain in the morning]. I was really pleased with how he jumped,” VanderVeen continued.

Headed shortly to Europe, VanderVeen has been preparing throughout the Tryon Spring Series at TIEC and was happy to finish with another win at the venue, where she is well-known for her success on multiple rides. “The horses fly out on Wednesday, then they get a few days and then they go straight to a 5* week,” VanderVeen concluded. “I will drive the horses who aren’t going to Wellington tomorrow, and then I fly out from Florida on Tuesday!”

For full results from the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 4*, click here.

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Kelli Cruciotti and Hadja van Orshof Win $204k Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 4* at TIEC

Kelli Cruciotti and Hadja van Orshof ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – June 9, 2019 – Kelli Cruciotti (USA) and Hadja van Orshof enjoyed a first-place finish in Sunday’s $204,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 4* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), concluding Tryon Spring 6 TR&HC Charity Horse Show Competition at the venue and taking her second FEI win of the week with a jump-off time of 49.127 seconds. Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Carlos JD Z, a 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Canturo x Baloubet) owned by NRG Farm LLC, claimed second on a jump-off time of 50.332 seconds, while Fernando Cardenas, Jr. (COL) received third for his efforts aboard Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait) owned by Fernando Cardenas and Meredith Cardenas, after their jump-off time of 52.34 seconds.

Course designer Kelvin Bywater (GBR) saw 29 entries test the first-round track, with five pairs returning for the jump-off round. Despite heavy rainfall over the past two days and intermittent rain throughout the class, Cruciotti reported that Hadja van Orshof, her own 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Darco), had “one of the best rounds she’s ever jumped,” and won despite adding a stride:

“I actually didn’t know if I was going to show until I walked in the ring. I was going back and forth about it. I saw people going before me and I’m a chicken about any unusual circumstance, so I trusted my horse and tried to ride a smart round, but not do anything too risky,” Cruciotti explained. “I was fortunate to go at the end of the jump-off, so I could watch a few, and it looked like they were being efficient, and not too risky. I thought if I could be a little bit [less conservative] here and there I could get it, and she jumped amazing. I’m so happy with her. It actually was one of her best rounds she’s ever jumped – maybe she should jump more in the rain!”

Despite her speedy performance, besting a competitive field, Cruciotti admitted to adding a stride on course and elaborated that nine is a tricky number for her: “It’s a running joke since I was ten years old – for the life of me I cannot count nine [strides]. I can do eight, I can do ten or seven or 12, but not nine! And so I knew the line was nine, and my brain was like, ‘no, no, no, ten!'” she continued. “And the whole time I’m trying to tell myself to stop pulling, but luckily I was able to clean up the round somewhere else.”

Hadja van Orshof has been a project of Cruciotti’s for the past three years, and her “lionlike” braveness lends itself to the success they’ve achieved together, she emphasized. “When I got her she was very, very green jumping 1.45m, so we had to really take our time because she’s so careful. At the same time, she’s like a lion – she doesn’t think there’s anything she can’t do,” Cruciotti said. “Our partnership has grown through the years. I got to take her to the World Cup Finals this year in Gothenburg, and I feel like she and I both grew up a lot there. We were a little bit overfaced, but it made us a better horse-and-rider combination, and we learned to really dig down deep.”

For full results from the $204,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 4*, click here.

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Emotional Victory for Eric Lamaze at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows

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Calgary, Alberta – It was an emotional victory for Canada’s Eric Lamaze in the $500,000 RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex, on Saturday, June 8, at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ tournament in Calgary, AB.

In his first competition since publicly revealing that he has been battling a brain tumour for the past year and a half, Lamaze scored one of the most meaningful wins of his career.  Riding Chacco Kid, Lamaze topped a seven-horse jump-off in dramatic fashion.  Jumping clear in a time of 46.25 seconds, Lamaze moved into the lead with two riders to follow.  2018 World Cup Champion Beezie Madden of the U.S. had the time, 44.62 seconds, with Coach but a rail down at the final Rolex fence dropped her to fourth in the final standings.  The reigning World Cup Champion and one of Lamaze’s closest friends, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, was the final challenger and looked on target with Albfuehren’s Bianca, but when the clock stopped in 46.96 seconds, the victory went to Lamaze.

“I didn’t get up this morning thinking this was possible,” said an emotional Lamaze, 51. “It shows what a good horse can do for you.  When you don’t have the fight in you, they fight for you.  It’s one the victories I will cherish forever.”

The all-time leading money winner at Spruce Meadows with more than $6 million in career earnings, Lamaze last won the Grand Prix title at the ‘National’ tournament in 2010 riding Hickstead.

“This is an ongoing battle for me and today is a gift,” said the 2008 Olympic Champion.  “With great support from Steve [Guerdat], my owners and clients, my staff, and people all around the world, you keep fighting and the dream came true.  With the great Hickstead was the last time I won this grand prix; he was looking out for me today.”

Lamaze has been partnered with his winning mount, Chacco Kid, a 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Come On), for the past three years.  The horse is owned by The Chacco Kid group consisting of Rick and Sara Mershad, Ludi and Carol Sollak, and Andy and Carlene Ziegler.

“It was his first real grand prix win in the International Ring,” said Lamaze of Chacco Kid.  “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again – I do believe Spruce Meadows makes horses.  Chacco Kid arrived here three years ago and he’s a better horse because of it.  I can’t say enough about this facility.  Spruce Meadows is a place to bring young students and see them grow, and to bring young horses and see them grow.  If you win a competition here, you can win anywhere in the world.”

Leaving little doubt as to his will to win, Lamaze also claimed victory on Thursday evening riding his 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medal partner, Fine Lady 5, owned by Artisan Farms and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.  The pair topped a 14-horse jump-off to win the $36,100 1.50m PwC Cup, beating out Ireland’s Conor Swail riding GK Coco Chanel and Lamaze’s student, Kara Chad of Calgary, AB, who finished third aboard Viva.

Proud of his students and thankful for his friends and supporters, Lamaze had the biggest praise for his equine partners.

“This is our livelihood but we are very close to these animals and what they do for us,” said Lamaze, who is based in Brussels, Belgium.  “The horses are a big part of why I am here today.  I don’t know what level I will continue riding at as the year goes on but I know horses will always be a part of my life.  I want to keep riding and I will keep fighting every day to do this.  The horse is the greatest therapy you can have.”

For more information on Eric Lamaze and his Torrey Pines Stable, visit www.ericlamaze.com.

CONTACT: Jennifer Ward | cell: 613-292-5439 | www.startinggate.ca

Todd Minikus Charges into June on Amex Z with Multiple Wins in Tryon

Minikus at the $72,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake (photo: JRPR)

Mill Spring, NC (June 7, 2019) — Todd Minikus keeps charging ahead on the feisty Amex Z, and it seems there are no limits to their success at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.  During Tryon Spring Week 4, Minikus rode to a faultless performance on the 10-year-old Zangersheid mare, Amex Z (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit by Bit Group, and won the $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3* with a time of 28.43 seconds.  Following this up in Week 5, the duo charged ahead again and took home the blue in the $36,000 Sunday Classic 1.45m winning with a jump-off time of 33.065 seconds.  Then, just when you think they’ve reached their limit, the duo claimed the $72,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 4* with 36.242 seconds on the jump-off clock.

Minikus says he couldn’t be happier about the circuits in Tryon. “Our whole team is having a great time,” he smiles, “and I’m especially happy with Amex Z.”

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Daniel Geitner and One Request Granted $50k USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Daniel Geitner and One Request ©Sportfot.

Tryon, NC – June 7, 2019 – Daniel Geitner (USA) and Elizabeth Tarumianz’s One Request were awarded top honors in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with an overall score of 371. Holly Shepherd (USA) with Tybee, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Black Tie owned by Helen Brown, finished in second place on a total score of 349. Erin Floyd (USA) claimed third place aboard Any Given Sunday, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Indoctro x Victoria owned by Hays Investment Corp., with a score of 347.

Out of 21 pairs to take part in the highlight Hunter class of the Tryon Spring 6 Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Show, Geitner and the 2010 Selle Francais gelding impressed the judges over the course set by Dean Rheinheimer (USA) and secured first place after their handy performance. Last to go in the second round, Geitner was able to observe competitors ahead of him and adjusted his strategy accordingly, he explained.

“It was a beautiful course. It rode a little trickier than it walked. It walked relatively simple and it just rode a little bit trickier than I think we first thought,” Geitner said. “My original plan [in the handy] was to go to the inside to the two stride, but once I realized I probably didn’t have to, it made it relatively easy. Honestly, his [One Request] jumping style is just spectacular, so I just tried to stay out of his way.

“The jumps were beautiful and my horse obviously jumped amazing,” Geitner continued. “This is only his third Derby, and he’s won two of them now. Last year he did the first years, green conformation, and the amateurs with his owner. This year we’ve done just a couple shows.”

Despite his horse’s newness to the International Derby ring, Geitner reported that One Request took to the atmosphere of Tryon Stadium well: “He was great [in the atmosphere]. Not much phases him, and actually it really had him jumping. He was not close to any jump, and really rose to the occasion,” he said. “I thought the first round was great, and I thought he was even better in the handy. He just jumped higher and higher the more we went.”

Geitner will keep competing One Request in more Derbies, hoping to continue their success thus far, and plans to aim for Derby Finals ahead of the indoor season, he explained. “We just got back from Devon. We sent some ponies here a couple weeks ago with our assistant, but this is our first week. We are happy to be back.

“Unfortunately, we go back home next week, but we come back in July for a couple weeks and for sure a few weeks in the fall,” concluded Geitner. “I personally won’t come back here for Pony Spectacular [Tryon Summer 3] but I hope my wife and some of the pony kids are!”

For full results from the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 Win $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP June I

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – June 5, 2019 – The first week of the ESP Summer Series, June I, was held at Equestrian Village from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. Lynne Clibburn of Wellington, FL and Apple Jack 12, owned by Cloud Nine, LLC, captured top honors in the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake on Sunday, after stopping the timers at 45.714 seconds. Close behind at 45.776 seconds was Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL aboard her own Desperado, while Antonio Martinez, Jr. of Loxahatchee, FL claimed third place riding Emilio Mantero’s Rebel for Kicks, with a time of 52.087 seconds and one fault added to their score.

Course designer Hector Loyola set the track for this Sunday’s class, which saw a total of 11 entries contest the first round, and seven combinations return for the jump-off. Only the top two finishers completed the class with a double clear effort.

To view full results of the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

To learn more about the ESP Spring Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Todd Minikus Tops the $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* with Amex Z at Tryon

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Monica Stevenson Photography.

Mill Spring, NC – June 5, 2019 – Todd Minikus (USA) rode to the top of Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* in tandem with Amex Z, finishing with a jump-off time of 33.065 seconds at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to wrap up Tryon Spring 5 competition at the venue. David Blake (IRL) stopped the timers in 34.882 seconds to secure second place with Don’t Touch Du Bois, a 2009 Belgian Sport Horse mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Pine Hollow Farm. David O’Brien (IRL) took third place aboard La Belle SCF, a 2011 Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Baldini) owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC, with a time of 35.102 seconds.

With 16 competitors in the first round and seven pairs in the jump-off on the course set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), Minikus and Amex Z, a 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit By Bit Group, were the last duo in the jump-off and secured the win.

“The first round was a nice course,” Minikus remarked. “There were parts of it [the first round] that were difficult, but there ended up being seven clean, and they were all top riders and horses. I was fortunate to have two of the seven.”

“With my first horse [Calvalou], I lost my power steering going to the vertical and kind of ran into the standard and had to circle and start over. And the other [Amex Z], I thought I could do one less stride from one to two. I thought it was faster to go around the vertical instead of inside and that made for a tighter turn back. I noticed in the dirt my footsteps were way inside of everybody else’s. At that point, I knew I was ahead if I could just leave the jumps up.

“I got lucky at the last jump. It got a little desperate, but she gave a good effort, so I am very happy with Amex Z today,” Minikus concluded.

For full results from the $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.