Canada’s Eric Lamaze Enjoys Super Sunday in Wellington
WELLINGTON, FL, Feb. 3 -
While sports fans across America were focused on football, Canada’s Eric Lamaze was winning the super bowl of show jumping on Sunday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. The $50,000 Smart for Life Grand Prix CSI2* closed out week three of the 12-week CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising.
Attracting 63 entries, course designer Luc Musette of Belgium set a technical track for the $50,000 Smart for Life Grand Prix which saw a dozen competitors advance to the jump-off. As the second jump-off challenger, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., took the early lead with Onlight, stopping the clock at 41.66 seconds.
later, Eric Lamaze entered the ring riding the Belgian-bred mare, Narcotique
de Muze II owned by Ashland Stables. One week earlier, the pair had
posted the fastest time in the $40,000 KRR Enterprises CSI2* Grand Prix
jump-off, but incurred a rail in the process. They made no such mistake
this week, leaving all the rails safely in their cups and crossing the
timers in 40.42 seconds.
“I had a good feeling that the time would stand up, but this is a very competitive circuit,” noted Lamaze, 39, the leading money earner at last year’s CN Winter Equestrian Festival. “I try to leave nothing on the table, I don’t want to leave the ring and wish I had done something different.”
Lamaze has been partnered with Narcotique de Muze II for the past three years and noted, “She’s 11 and she’s done a lot of international shows. It’s a horse that I am comfortable going fast with, and I know her extremely well. She’s mature, dependable - there’s nothing that bothers her.”
Goutal, a student at Brown University, was content with her second-place finish aboard Onira, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Nimmerdor that she has been riding for the past five years.
“I missed seeing Eric’s jump-off round because I was schooling, but I knew Eric would be fast and hard to beat,” she said. Goutal was quick to give credit to her sponsors Devoucoux, Ramard and Seashore Acres, her coach Max Amaya and, of course, her family including younger sister Clementine Goutal who, earlier in the day, had won the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic riding Kelline Fonroy in the International Arena.
The CSI3* Spy Coast Farm Week Four of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, begins Wednesday, February 6. 2008 Olympic co-course designer Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Fla., will have course designing duties in the International Arena. Highlights include Thursday’s $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series Round III and Sunday’s $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Wellington Cup CSI3*.
Results of Class 101 - $50,000 Smart for Life Grand Prix CSI2*
1 - 5635 NARCOTIQUE
DE MUZE II ERIC LAMAZE CAN 0.00 77.94 0.00 40.42 ASHLAND STABLES
The 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival attracts the best horses and riders from around the world to Wellington and offers more than $5 million in prize money. For more information, visit www.equestriansport.com