Another Emotional Victory for Eric Lamaze at Spruce Meadows

Another Emotional Victory for Eric Lamaze at Spruce Meadows

Canada’s Eric Lamaze
scored his second major victory at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament,
winning the $133,700 Suncor Energy Winning Round on Saturday, September 7, in
Calgary, AB.

Hot off their
victory in the $133,700 1.60m CANA Cup on Thursday, September 5, Lamaze and
Chacco Kid, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Come On) owned by
the Chacco Kid Group, returned to the international ring to repeat their
winning ways.  The $133,700 Suncor Energy Winning Round is held in a
format that sees the top 10 ranked riders following the opening round return
for an all-deciding second round where the fastest clear wins.  Lamaze had
the advantage of going last in the order and knew exactly what he had to do to

The 2008
Olympic Champion left nothing to chance, putting on a breath-taking display of
world-class show jumping for the huge crowd as he tackled the testing 1.50m
track set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of
Venezuela.  As he sailed over the final fence and through the timers, the
clock flashed 44.73 seconds, eclipsing the time of 46.62 seconds that had been
set by Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca riding Limestone Grey.  For the second
time, victory belonged to Lamaze and Chacco Kid at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows
‘Masters’ tournament.

The victory
was an emotional one for Lamaze, who publicly revealed in June that he has been
battling a brain tumour.  After praising his “clever” mount Chacco Kid,
Lamaze dedicated his victory to a long-time friend who was also a winner in the
International Ring during her competitive riding career.

“My good
friend, Kim Kirton, is here,” said Lamaze, 51, as he was being presented with
the Suncor Energy trophy.  “She doesn’t travel too much but when she does,
good things seem to happen.  Kimmy, this one is for you!”

Lamaze now
turns his attention to competing with Coco Bongo as a member of the Canadian
team in the $530,00 BMO Nations’ Cup, also on Saturday, September 7.  He
will close out the weekend by riding his 2016 Olympic bronze medal partner,
Fine Lady 5, in Sunday’s $3 million CP International, presented by Rolex.
 Lamaze has won the event twice before, in 2007 and 2011, both times
riding the legendary Hickstead.

Lamaze is the
all-time money winner at Spruce Meadows, having amassed more than $6 million in
career winnings at the iconic Canadian show jumping venue.

Source: Press release