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Eric Lamaze Scores Second Victory in La Baule, France

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5. Photo by PSV Jean Morel.

La Baule, France – Canada’s Eric Lamaze continued his winning form, scoring a second victory riding Fine Lady 5 at CSIO5* La Baule, France, this time in the €25,000 1.50m Prix S.C.H. La Baule – Cap Atlantique held Saturday, May 14.

The win comes hot on the heels of the pair’s victory in Thursday’s €28,000 1.50m Prix FFE, where Lamaze bested a starting field of 64 entries.  Riding Fine Lady 5, Lamaze stopped the clock in 68.20 seconds to take the win over Gudrun Patteet of Belgium with a time of 69.90 seconds riding Sea Coast Atlantic.

On Saturday, Patteet would once again prove to be Lamaze’s closest competition.  Of the 45 starters, eight posted a clear round over the track set by French course designer Frédéric Cottier to advance to the jump-off.  Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 once again showcased their incredible turn of foot, nipping around the shortened jump-off course in a time of 33.85.  Patteet, again aboard Sea Coast Atlantic, followed Lamaze in the jump-off order.  While the Belgian rider opted to leave a stride out to the final fence, a wide oxer set in front of the ingate, her time of 34.94 seconds left Lamaze well ahead for the win.

“It was a nice jump-off; you could leave strides out or take risks in the rollbacks,” said Lamaze of the jump-off track.  “Fine Lady is very good at turning back, so my strategy was to do one less stride between fences one and two, and then stay tight on the roll backs.  Coming home, there was a double combination and then you could do seven or eight strides to the final oxer, and I did the eight strides.  Even doing that, she was still fast enough to win.”

With the 2016 Olympic Games on the horizon, Lamaze has a difficult choice to make.  With several top mounts in his stable, the next two months will determine the 2008 Olympic Champion’s choice for Rio.

“Fine Lady is feeling very good,” said Lamaze of the 13-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms in partnership with his Torrey Pines Stable.  “She goes from here to Rome where I will ride her in either the Nations Cup or the Grand Prix.  Then I will use her very lightly in Calgary, and bring her back for Aachen and see if she’s the one for the Olympics.  We have a nice program for her, and she’s continuing to jump well.”

Lamaze’s other Olympic hopefuls include his 2015 Pan American Games team gold medal partner, Coco Bongo, and Check Picobello Z, who will compete with Lamaze next week in the CSI5* Global Champions Tour in Madrid.

On the final day of competition in La Baule, Lamaze will call on the newest addition to his string, Chacco Kid, for Sunday’s €200,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix.  Fellow Canadian Yann Candele of Caledon, ON is also competing at La Baule and will ride First Choice 15, owned by the Watermark Group, in Sunday’s finale.

Tiffany Foster and Victor. Photo by Kit Houghton
Tiffany Foster and Victor. Photo by Kit Houghton

While Lamaze was representing Canada in France, fellow Artisan Farms rider Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC was across the English channel competing at CSI4* Windsor in England.  Like Lamaze, Foster was also part of an eight-horse jump-off on Saturday.  Partnered with her season veteran Victor, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Elmshorn x Grandeur) owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, Foster produced a clear jump-off effort in a time of 33.46 seconds.  In the end, Foster settled for second in the €55,000 1.55m King of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup behind Kent Farrington of the United States, who stopped the clock in 31.86 seconds riding Creedence.

Following La Baule, Lamaze travels to Madrid, Spain for the CSI5* Global Champions Tour running May 19-22.  Then it’s on to CSIO5* Rome, Italy from May 26-29 where he and Foster will both compete as members of the Canadian Show Jumping Team in Nations’ Cup competition.

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Hermès US Show Jumping Team Finishes Second in FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule

Lucy Davis and Barron (Eric Knoll)

La Baule, France – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team took the Silver medal in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule in France on Friday. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus put in solid rounds to finish on four faults. This performance sets an excellent tone for the summer as the event served as the first of four observation events for members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team, as part of the selection process for the Team. The field of eight nations was stacked with some of the world’s top talent, producing a close competition to the very end. The Netherlands topped the leaderboard on one fault and the home country of France came in third on five faults.

“It definitely went well today; we beat some really good teams. Going head-to-head with the best in the world is why we are here,” said Ridland. “To come out with four clear rounds right off the bat was impressive. It was a great effort. The course was not tricky or highly technical, but it wasn’t easy. This is a wonderful show with a great crowd; it was great to be back here at one of the best shows in the world.”

The Americans had a foot-perfect round one, with the first three combinations, Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala, Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm Inc.’s Barron, and Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce, all turning in clear rounds. These performances put the U.S. forward to round two in a four-way tie for the lead on zero faults. Anchor combination, Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41, put in a round one performance in an effort to qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix. The pair also produced a clear round, giving the U.S. the only clean sheet in round one.

Round two did not start as smoothly as round one, with lead combination Hough and Ohlala pulling three rails. Davis and Barron got the U.S. back on track with a second clear round that was followed by another double-clear effort from Engle and Royce. When the order got down to the final combinations for each nation, the competition was extremely tight. The U.S. and The Netherlands were on zero faults, followed closely by Switzerland and Great Britain on four faults. Going before the U.S. in the order, Switzerland’s anchor rider had the last fence down to add four faults to their score, and the Dutch came home with one time fault. The pressure was on Minikus and Babalou 41 as they entered the arena. The pair had a solid round over the wet ground, but an unfortunate rail at fence four meant it would be the Silver medal for the U.S.

Margie Engle and Royce (Eric Knoll)
Margie Engle and Royce (Eric Knoll)

“They all handled the pressure great,” said Ridland of his team in round two. “That part of it is the fun part, and they certainly all buckled down. Margie and Lucy were able to duplicate their clear round one efforts and we were more than in the game when Todd went in. It was ours to win, and Todd came really close; the horse had a little slip in the turn and then the rail down, but that’s show jumping. With so many great teams here, we are pretty pleased with today.”

“The course was straight forward, and we had a lot of clears in first round,” said Engle. “I was really pleased with how Royce jumped as he is fresh off a break. It did take him a little bit to get used to the footing because it was soft, but he handled it well. They raised the jumps a bit in round two, and he felt even better. He held his composure and kept his energy level up which was nice – he was super. The whole team here felt really positive; everyone has been in good spirits.”

This Nations Cup competition marked the fourth of the year for the U.S., having showcased great results in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup events at Ocala and Coapexpan, where they placed first and second, respectively. The U.S. also finished second at the FEI Nations Cup in Wellington.

“The year is young, but so far we are having a really good year,” said Ridland. “We have competed in four Nations Cups with 16 different horses, that shows incredible depth in both the riders and horses we have.”

Complete Results

All members of Friday’s U.S. team will move forward to Sunday’s Grand Prix Longines – Ville de La Baule.

The U.S. will head to CSIO5* Rome, May 26-29, 2016, for the second observation event for the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team.

From the USEF Communications Department

Eric Lamaze Flies to the Finish in France with Fine Lady 5

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5, pictured here competing at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Starting Gate Communications.

2008 Olympic Champion Opens CSIO5* La Baule with a Win

La Baule, France – Eric Lamaze began a three-week European tour by winning on the opening day of competition at CSIO5* La Baule, France.  Riding Fine Lady 5, the 2008 Canadian Olympic Champion claimed victory in the €28,000 1.50m Prix FFE on Thursday, May 12.

Held in a one-round format that sees the fastest rider win, Lamaze was the seventh rider on course from a starting field of 64 entries.  He and Fine Lady 5 flew around the speed track, stopping the clock in a time of 68.20 seconds.  Of the 57 challengers still to come, only one rider even came close to catching Lamaze’s time, with Gudrun Patteet of Belgium clocking in at 69.90 seconds riding Sea Coast Atlantic.  Incredibly, the third place finisher, Brazil’s Stephan de Freitas Barcha riding Quentin PJ, was more than six full seconds off the winning pace, with his time of 74.69 seconds proving just how fast Lamaze had been.

“She’s fast, but it’s also been a long time since she was on the grass,” said Lamaze, who has not competed Fine Lady 5 on grass footing since the 2015 CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in Calgary, AB last September where they won the $35,000 1.50m ATCO Cup, placed second in the $35,000 1.50m TELUS Cup, and were members of the third-placed Canadian Team in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup.

“I felt like I could go extra-fast and use the fences to slow her down,” continued Lamaze of the 13-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II).  “Fine Lady is the perfect horse to do this class with on opening day.  I’m especially pleased because La Baule is a show that I like to do well at; it is one of my favourite competitions.”

La Baule is the first of three consecutive European shows that Lamaze will compete at.  From France, Lamaze travels to Madrid, Spain for the CSI5* Global Champions Tour from May 19-22 followed by CSIO5* Rome, Italy from May 26-29 where he will compete as a member of the Canadian Show Jumping Team in Nations’ Cup competition.

In addition to Fine Lady 5, Lamaze is also riding Check Picobello Z, a ten-year-old grey Zangersheide gelding (Cardento x Orlando) and the recently acquired Chacco Kid, a ten-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Come On), at CSIO5* La Baule.  Fine Lady 5 and Check Picobello Z are owned by Carlene and Andy Ziegler’s Artisan Farms in partnership with Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable, while Chacco Kid is owned by the Chacco Kid Group, consisting of Lamaze, Rick and Sara Mershad, Ludi and Carol Sollak, and Andy and Carlene Ziegler.

While Lamaze is competing at CSIO5* La Baule alongside his 2015 Pan American Games gold medal teammate, Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, fellow Pan Am gold medalist and Artisan Farms rider Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC is contesting CSI4* Windsor in England with students Kara Chad of Calgary, AB and Elizabeth Gingras of Edmonton, AB.

Following his European tour, Lamaze will return to Canada in June to continue competing in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more information on Eric Lamaze, visit www.EricLamaze.com.

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The World’s Best at La Baule

The greatest names of worldwide show-jumping will be in Loire-Atlantique (44), from the 14th to the 17th May, loyal to the Official of France, the renowned CSIO5* of La Baule.


A total of 17 nations, with as many as 67 riders and 185 horses, have entered the Official of France (9 classes planned).

Amongst them, we will particularly note the presence of:

– Olympic medallists: Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA, Olympic champion 2004), Eric LAMAZE (CAN, Olympic champion 2008), Steve GUERDAT (SUI, Olympic champion 2012, n°3 world ranked, winner of the 2015 World Cup final), Cian O’Connor (IRL, Olympic Bronze Medal 2012)
– World Championships medallists: Patrice DELAVEAU (FRA, world vice-champion by team and n°12 world ranked) Simon DELESTRE (FRA, n°22 world ranked), Pénélope LEPREVOST (FRA, n°14 world ranked, 2nd at the 2015 World Cup final), Kevin STAUT (FRA, n°9 world ranked)
– European Championships medallists: Roger-Yves BOST (FRA, European champion 2013), Michael WHITAKER (GBR, European Champion by team 2013), Angelica AUGUSTSSON (SWE, Bronze medal by team 2013), Vincent VOORN (NED, European champion by team 2007)
– The young talents: Constant VAN PAESSCHEN (BEL, n°28 world ranked), Jos VERLOOY (BEL, 5th at the 2015 World Cup final), Bertram ALLEN (IRL, n°11 world ranked, 3rd at the 2015 World Cup final)

The first highlight of the weekend, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines (Friday 15th May) will bring together 8 teams: BEL, BRA, SPA, FRA, GBR, IRL, NED, SWI.

Selection for the French team:


8 nations, with 50 riders and 64 horses have entered the CSI1* (8 classes planned).

List of the competitors: http://www.labaule-cheval.com/en/entry-list/

Longines International Jumping of La Baule: Free entry during the 4 days
Information: www.labaule-cheval.com

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