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Record Fifth Win for Eric Lamaze in WEF Challenge Cup

first_imgCanada’s Eric Lamaze scored his fifth win in the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series, setting a record for the most wins in one season. Riding Fine Lady 5, the 2008 Olympic Champion won the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round XI on Thursday, March 19, at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.Lamaze won the first four Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup events, held each Thursday, at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival. He saddled up Rosana du Park for back-to-back victories in weeks one and two, which were immediately followed by two more wins in weeks three and four riding Fine Lady 5.In Week 11, Fine Lady 5 was back in the winner’s circle, having topped a starting field of 61 entries for the win. As the 11th rider to return in an 18-horse jump-off, Lamaze posted a blistering fast time of 34.47 seconds that would prove impossible to beat. Several riders that followed came close but fell short in the end, leaving Ramiro Quintana of Argentina as the runner-up with a time of 35.21 seconds riding Whitney while Ireland’s Darragh Kenny took third with a time of 36.09 seconds riding Sans Souci Z.“I know that the mare is very fast,” said Lamaze of Fine Lady 5, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) that was purchased last April by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms LLC. “She’s just such a fast horse across the ground and great at turning back. All of my distances came forward out of the turns and I just let her do her thing. She’s deadly careful. All you have to do is find the right distance, and that’s it.”Lamaze shared his thoughts on the track set by German course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. that yielded 18 clear rounds.“It was not the biggest WEF we’ve had height-wise, but it was very technical, and I think if they had left the original time allowed, it would have come down to a lot less in the jump-off,” said Lamaze of the decision to increase the time allowed to complete the first round from 77 to 79 seconds. “I thought the original time allowed was perfect. I didn’t see the point in raising it. The course was good. It didn’t need more in height; next week is going to be a big week, and we’ve already had many big weeks. I think he’s a very good course builder, just the time allowed could have stayed at its original time and I think we would have had 10 clear. But it’s a Thursday class, so it’s okay to have a few more clear than normal.”In addition to winning a record fifth WEF Challenge Cup, Lamaze has also collected a record $15,000 to date in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. Each week, SSG Gloves offers a $3,000 bonus to the winning rider in the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup if they are wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves.“Fifteen thousand dollars just for wearing great gloves? That’s pretty cool!” exclaimed Lamaze when he was presented with his fifth bonus of $3,000. “It’s a great added bonus. The WEF has great prize money throughout the season, and to have this bonus on top of it just makes it better, plus it’s great to wear the gloves. Like I said from the beginning, I don’t see why somebody wouldn’t wear them.”In addition to his own victory, Lamaze was happy with the performances of the riders he helps to train.“I was also really pleased today with Caitlin Ziegler, who is forming a great team with Powerplay, qualifying for the grand prix,” said Lamaze of his long-time student, who has recently taken over the reins on his former mount. In addition to Caitlin Ziegler, Lamaze helps fellow Canadians Bretton Chad riding Quelmec du Gery and Yann Candele riding First Choice 15, both of whom also qualified for Saturday night’s $127,000 CSI4* Engel & Volkers Grand Prix based on their results in the WEF Challenge Cup Round XI. “It’s not just about me; all in all as a stable, we had a very good day.”Fine Lady 5 will be Lamaze’s mount for Saturday night’s $127,000 CSI4* Engel & Volkers Grand Prix. She will then enjoy a week’s rest before heading to Miami for the Global Champions Tour. Looking ahead, Lamaze is considering Fine Lady 5 as his mount for the 2015 Pan American Games to be hosted by Toronto, Canada, in July. Tags: Eric Lamaze, WEF, Fine Lady 5, Winter Equestrian Festival, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. 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Mark and Tara Rein purchase 3 more prospects for Eric Lamaze

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Canadian entrepreneur Mark Rein and his wife, Tara, have doubled their investment with 2008 Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze and his Torrey Pines Stable.Having partnered with Lamaze in March to purchase three international show jumping prospects, the couple’s Rein Family LLC has further invested in three more exciting horses. Falco de Tatihou, Corazon, and Delicalato v/h Marienshof have all moved to Lamaze’s European training base in Écaussinnes, Belgium.Falco de Tatihou is a five-year-old approved Selle Français stallion (Ogrion des Champs x JPC Modesto) purchased from the breeder, Philippe Noel. In addition to being developed for the top level of the sport, Falco de Tatihou will continue to be available for breeding. He marks the first stallion that Torrey Pines Stable will stand at stud.Watch a video of Falco de Tatihou in Saint-Lô in 2019:“I have never seen a five-year-old horse that is so athletic, so level-headed, and with natural instincts that usually take years to teach a horse,” said Lamaze, who has earned Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals for Canada. “This is an exceptional horse, not only as a show jumping prospect but as a breeding stallion as well. He is literally the best five-year-old that I have ever come across in my career.”Corazon is a seven-year-old bay Brandenburg mare sired by Cormint and discovered by British-based horse agent Lexi Carter. A light and modern type, the mare competed in young horse classes and at the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) one-star level with Dutch rider and former owner Don Willemsen in 2019.Watch Corazon winning her first young horse final HERE:“Lexi suggested the horse to me after seeing it in Holland,” explained Lamaze of the purchase process. “Due to the borders being closed, I asked my good friend [Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran] Chris Pratt who is based in The Netherlands to try the horse for me. After reviewing the video, I realized that this was more than just a good horse, it is a star! I’m really looking forward to bringing this horse along.”The most experienced of the three, Delicalato v/h Marienshof, is a 12-year-old grey Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calato Z x Indorado) also sourced by Carter. The horse has an extensive record competing at the two and three-star level in 2019 under the saddle of Swedish rider Sofia Westborg.Watch video of the 1.50m debut of Delicalato v/h Marienshof in 2019 HERE:“This will be an exciting horse for Mark and Tara to have,” said Lamaze. “After a few small shows to get started, the horse will quickly move up to the higher levels. Mark and Tara know our sport well, and it will be fun for them come to shows and see it competing in the big classes. I think they will be especially thrilled with this horse.”In March, the Reins partnered with Lamaze to purchase Gatrona, a nine-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood mare (Canturano x Numero Uno); Egelund’s Miss Unique, an eight-year-old bay Danish Warmblood mare (Numero Uno x Cajus); and Huriosa, an eight-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood mare (Cardento x Furioso II).Mark and Tara Rein first met Lamaze over 30 years ago when Lamaze was living and training in the Schomberg, ON, area. Now based in North Carolina, a love of the sport runs deep in the Rein family with Tara competing in the hunter/jumper divisions alongside two of their three children.“We’ve been so excited by the progress of the first three horses we bought in March that is was easy to say yes to these three,” said Mark Rein. “You can’t help but think of the future potential when you see these horses jump.”“I have known Mark and Tara for a long time and since we decided to partner together on some horses, they have been very supportive,” said Lamaze. “Every time I come across a horse that I feel has great potential, they are quick to work with me to buy it and are always excited about a new project coming into our stable. Their contribution to the business is something I very much value as it has allowed us to acquire horses of great quality.”While focused on the continued expansion of the Torrey Pines Stable sales business, Lamaze is simultaneously pursuing his competitive goal of representing Canada at the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“Tokyo being rescheduled to a year later is not the worst thing for me, personally,” said Lamaze, 52, who has competed at the past three consecutive Olympic Games. “The horses I am aiming for Tokyo could use another year in the saddle.”When international show jumping competition will resume remains to be seen after the global COVID-19 pandemic brought sporting events to an abrupt halt in March.“We are all looking forward to the shows starting again but we can’t start competing until the safety of the athletes and the support and management teams can be upheld,” stated Lamaze. “Safety must be the highest priority and needs to come first. In the meantime, we are enjoying the opportunity to train at home and are taking our time getting to know the new horses.”With bases in Wellington, Florida, and near Brussels, Belgium, Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable is a large training and sales business specializing in international sport horse sales. For more information, visit www.ericlamaze.com. Tags: Eric Lamaze, Torrey Pines Stable, show jumping, Mark and Tara Rein, Falco de Tatihou, Corazon, Delicalato v/h Marienshof, last_img read more