Eric Lamaze and Rosana du Park Top $86,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

Eric Lamaze and Rosana du Park. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful Earn Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Championship

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2016 – Week nine of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, concluded on Sunday, March 13, with a win for Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Rosana du Park in the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Kent Farrington (USA) and Aron S finished second, and Olivier Robert (FRA) and Quenelle du Py placed third. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 3 offering more than $9 million in prize money.

Alan Wade (IRL) set the courses in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) for week nine and finished the week with 64 entries in the 1.50m. His first round track yielded 11 clear rounds, and nine of those also jumped clear over the tie-breaking short course. Lamaze was third to go in the jump-off, clocking the winning time of 36.74 seconds with Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stables’ Rosana du Park, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare by Kannan.

Farrington and Alexandra Crown’s Arons S finished second in a time of 37.91 seconds. Robert took third place honors with his time of 37.95 seconds aboard Quenelle du Py, owned by the rider along with Pierre Fr. and Chantal Buffandeau. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Windward Farm and Jessica Suida’s Unbelievable 5 placed fourth in 38.07 seconds, and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) finished fifth in 38.32 seconds riding Stephex Stables and T&L NV’s Halifax van het Kluizebos.

Speaking of the competition, Lamaze stated, “I think Alan Wade has done a great job all week. When I walked the WEF (Challenge Cup) I thought it was very big and difficult, but at the end there were seven clear and there were no bad experiences. Then the grand prix was spot on yesterday, and the same thing with this competition. This competition actually walked a lot easier than it rode. It was a really nice competition for bringing your young horse along to the 1.50m level.

“Going back early in the jump-off with Rosana, I had some fast people after me like Kent Farrington and Tiffany (Foster),” Lamaze detailed. “I knew I had to go quick, and quick she is. I thought I would let them chase me and try to put in a quick round. These 1.50m competitions are very important and thank you to Suncast for putting them on because there are the competitions that make up young horses and let the 1.50m horses earn money, if that is what they do for a living. To have great prize money for a 1.50m horse is fantastic and to bring a young horse along to compete for $86,000 in this competition is great.”

Lamaze plans to compete Rosana in the Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final during week 12 and feels good knowing that she has gained valuable experience throughout the circuit.

“We all like to come here with healthy, fresh horses, and the most important thing for them is to leave feeling good about the circuit, having learned something, having earned some prize money, and then putting them back in the stall at the right time and not asking any more than what they can do in a 12-week circuit,” Lamaze stated. “I think we have the right formula with our horses.”

Also competing in the International Ring on Sunday, Mckayla Langmeier and the Charlie Group’s Charlie were victorious in the $10,000 Sleepy P Ranch SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic. Langmeier also went on to win the $10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumper Classic aboard Linda Langmeier’s Durosa W.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful Earn Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Championship

Competing on Saturday and Sunday during week nine, the Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter division awarded championships honors to Allison Sinclair and Iwasaki & Reilly’s Somekindawonderful after the pair earned first and second place ribbons over fences. The reserve championship was presented to Aerin Genatt with Joe Currais’s Look at Me, who earned a second place ribbon over fences and a win under saddle.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful
Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful

Sinclair, an 11-year-old rider from Winnetka, IL, trains with Maria Rasmussen at Sea Change Farm and has been riding since she was four years old. Her championship win came with Somekindawonderful, a 15-year-old New Forest Pony (by Justice H.R.), known in the barn as Ronald.

“He is new. He is showing in the Medium Pony Hunters with Natalie Jayne and then I show him in the Children’s Ponies,” Sinclair detailed. “He loves peppermints, especially before he goes into the ring. He is really cute, and he is fun to ride. He also loves to snuggle, and he is really friendly.”

Speaking of her first and second place finishes over fences, Sinclair explained, “My rounds were good yesterday. I am working a lot on my position right now, and so I just made sure I sat up and looked up, and it helped a lot. Ronald is really experienced. He is pretty forward, and he has a big stride. He is also really fun to jump. He has a lot of scope and he loves it, so he is just fun.”

This is Sinclair’s first year competing at WEF, and although she did not want do the competition at first, she has had a great time. She was also champion of the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter division in week two with another pony, Webster, and won the championship in week five with Somekindawonderful.

“This is my first year at WEF. I did not want to come at first because I was a little overwhelmed and nervous, but then I finally said, ‘Okay, fine, I will go.’ It has been really fun,” Sinclair stated. “There are so many good riders and good ponies, and it feels really good to win here.”

Sinclair will compete at the Devon Horse Show, moving up to the Medium Pony Hunters, since Somekindawonderful is already qualified. Her plans then include competitions in Kentucky and Michigan throughout the summer followed by goals to qualify for indoors.

The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival continues with its tenth week of competition, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, on March 16-20, 2016. The week features the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 19. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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