Saturday, November 28, 2009

Freedman Harness Introduces an Exciting New Accessory in Support of the CET — The CET Belt


Handcrafted from the finest materials and available exclusively from the workshop of Canadian master harness maker David Freedman, the official Canadian Equestrian Team belt lets you finish your look with a quality handmade belt that blends classic style with Canadian pride.
 
The solid brass buckle proudly boasts the world renowned symbol of Canadian excellence in equestrian sport and is coupled beautifully with a 1¼” width belt made from the finest English bridle leather which features edges that are bevelled, hand burnished and creased for a quality hand made look.

Available exclusively through www.freedmanharness.com this high quality belt retails for $125 (plus tax) and would make a wonderful holiday gift. Freedman Harness has also offered to generously donate a portion of all sales in support of the Canadian Equestrian Team.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Overwhelming Support of Clean Sport Campaign


In a landmark moment for equestrian sport, the FEI General Assembly today voted overwhelmingly in favour of new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations which will ensure the welfare of the horse and guarantee a fair playing field. A series of far reaching recommendations – part of the Clean Sport Campaign led by the Ljungqvist and Stevens Commissions – were also adopted by a massive majority amongst the 105 National Federations represented in Copenhagen.

Delegates also approved in a close vote a new Prohibited Substances List itemising more than 1000 substances not allowed in competition. The adoption of the so-called “Progressive List” now permits in-competition use of a limited number of medications under strictly prescribed limits.

FEI President HRH Princess Haya thanked the delegates on behalf of the sport for their support of the Clean Sport Campaign. “This is a true landmark moment in the history of our sport,” HRH Princess Haya commented. “The overwhelming support of the National Federations for the Clean Sport Campaign is proof that we are moving in the right direction thanks to the incredible work done by the Ljungqvist and Stevens Commissions. This vote has given us the power to roll out Clean Sport and allow us to restore the public image of our sport as a clean and uncorrupt product.”

The Clean Sport Campaign is the result of a year-long consultation process which has brought together the viewpoints and expertise of the entire FEI Family and the professional recommendations of the Commissions led by Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the IOC Medical Commission and vice president of the World Anti Doping Agency, and Lord Stevens, formed Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Professor Ljungqvist said, “Ultimately it was down to the equestrian community to make the final decision and they have voted in support of the package as a whole. The two Commissions have put in an enormous amount of work to come up with these recommendations and it is particularly gratifying that we have received such overwhelming support for the Clean Sport Campaign from the National Federations.”

Lord Stevens stated afterwards, “We said yesterday that the FEI needed to adopt these recommendations before it could be given a clean bill of health. They have been approved by a massive majority and now the sport can move forward.”

Voting Facts and Figures:

Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations: 95 in favour, 5 against
105 NFs represented (101 participated, 100 valid, 1 abstention)

Commissions Recommendations: 90 in favour, 8 against
103 NFs represented (100 participated, 99 valid, 1 abstention)

Lists of Prohibited Substances: 53 in favour of Progressive List, 48 in favour of other List
105 NFs represented (102 participated, 101 valid, 1 abstention)

FEI Veterinary Regulations: 86 in favour, 9 against
105 NFs represented (102 participated, 95 valid, 7 abstentions)

FEI Statement on Horse Welfare


The FEI condemns all training methods and practices that are contrary to horse welfare. The welfare of the horse has always been and will always be at the core of every aspect of the Federation’s work as the international governing body for equestrian sport.

During its meeting in Copenhagen (DEN) on 15 November, the FEI Bureau had extensive discussion on the issue of hyperflexion. The FEI Bureau insists that, with immediate effect, stewards in all disciplines use the disciplinary measures available to them, such as verbal warnings and yellow warning cards *, to prevent any infringement of FEI rules.

The FEI is now engaged with World Horse Welfare, a leading international equestrian organisation, in addition to continued consultation with riders, trainers, officials and veterinarians to thoroughly research the issues. The further education of stewards will also continue to ensure that welfare issues at FEI events are dealt with promptly and professionally.

The FEI acknowledges and welcomes public opinion and will continue to ensure that the welfare of the horse, which has been central to this debate, will remain its absolute priority.

* If a rider receives two yellow warning cards within one year, he / she is automatically suspended for a period of two months immediately following the event at which the second yellow warning card was received.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ashley Holzer in a League of her Own on Dressage night at The Royal

Canadian Olympians Ashley Holzer and Pop Art once again proved they are in a league of their own when it comes to dressage at The Royal, producing a nearly perfect Freestyle test this evening to win the CDI 3* Presented by Dominion Regalia, with a final score of 75.85, more than six points over their closest rivals.

Holzer's test heavily emphasized "Poppy's" phenomenal piaffe and passage skills, including a piaffe turn on the haunches that took your breath away with its ease and elasticity. Last to go this evening and following Tina Konyot's explosively expressive stallion Calecto V, Holzer's test was the very definition of relaxed and refined, but never stuffy, harmony between horse and rider.

"I had him here last year and he was tense in the indoor arena," explained Holzer following the awards ceremony. "He was so much better this year.  I was a little worried today because I thought the crowd would be more electric.  It was very electric last year. I warmed up quite a bit and the crowd was not so electric, so I said "okay buddy, you really gotta kick now!"

The big news in dressage circles in Canada is the coming on board of new Team Advisor and Coach, guru Robert Dover. Holzer was not the only rider to gush with excitement when discussing the next few months and the plans Dover has for the Canadian contingent.

"I am thrilled about our new coach Robert Dover. He has vision and has made Canadians sit up and realize what great riders, horses, coaches and sponsors we have. We haven't really taken advantage of the great people we have available to us in this country before now. He stood in front of us today and said he is 250% for us and if we need him somewhere, he will go there. And that he expects the same level of commitment and focus from Canada's riders. I think it's about time that we had a coach that pushes us to the next level. We are not trying to be sixth in the world, we want a medal. So let's behave like we are out to get a medal."

Second place went to Tina Konyot of Conneticut with her ultra-expressive Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V. Third went to Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon who put in a lovely test with her elegant and classically put together Russian-bred stallion Abrikos.

Stephen Clarke, President of the Ground Jury, explained that yesterday in the Grand Prix, everyone was a little nervous and unsure of the ring and the crowd, while this evening they all came into the ring relaxed and ready to put on a show. Holzer impressed him most though with the harmony and comfortable relationship she has with her long-time partner, Pop Art.

"The partnership they have is the most unique and perhaps perfect," Clarke related. "The harmony mark goes up very, very high. Technically her piaffe scores and marks for transitions are also very high. You don't often see quality like that. Of course there is always room for improvement but the nice thing about Ashley's horse is he does nothing wrong. She has really big highlights and these things count for a lot of marks."

Crowd-favourite and long-time competitor at The Royal, Jacqueline Brooks, rode her second horse Balmoral this evening, debuting him among stiff company. The pair finished fourth overall. Clarke expressed the sport needs more riders like Brooks.

"Jacquie is one of the best ambassadors we have for the sport. She knows how to produce a Freestyle and she knows how to ride to music. The audience really appreciates what she does and they love her. That's good for us and good for the sport."

Tonight also debuted the inaugural $50,000 Royal Team Challenge, pitting top riders from Canada, the United States and "the world" against one another in Teams, with the best six scores from each team counting toward the final result. Team USA came out the victors with a final score of just eight faults, while Team International finished on 18 and Canada brought up the rear with 25.

"We jumped a lot of clean rounds!" Laughed the captain of Team USA, McLain Ward, when asked what set his team apart. "We had a good group of horses and riders tonight, and I think it's great that they are trying to bring back a team competition here. The course was not huge, it was 1.45 metres, but it had some challenging areas and horses had to be paying attention."

This year's Royal Horse Show runs through Sunday afternoon and two of the biggest classes are yet to come. Tomorrow night's $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and Saturday's $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge will afford premium points to those chasing the Leading Rider awards, while Saturday afternoon's Canine-Equine Challenge is one of the family-highlights of the Royal and always proves great fun and entertainment for all ages. By the time the competition ends, nearly $750,000 will have been awarded in prize money, making The Royal the most prestigious and hotly contested event of the season. For more information, media accreditation, live webcasting, complete schedule, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.

ZENYATTA! First female in history to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic


It was her first race against males and her first time to run 1 1/4 miles, but Zenyatta would not be denied her 14th consecutive victory, as the first female in history to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, today at Santa Anita Park.

“Horse of the Year? She’s the Horse of the Decade,” said jockey Mike Smith, when asked if this win would clinch the Horse of the Year title for the 5-year-old mare, who was up against the world’s toughest males, including 2009 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winners Mine That Bird and Summer Bird, and European G1 winner Rip Van Winkle.

Zenyatta’s was not the only “first” for the Classic. Quality Road became the first horse to be scratched at the gate, as a result of his fractious behavior. Following that fiasco, all horses were unloaded, then reloaded into the gates, causing some anxious moments for their connections, including Jerry and Ann Moss and John Shirreffs, Zenyatta’s owners and trainer.

Zenyatta, the 5-2 favorite, broke off lead, then gathered herself at the back of the field, as is her custom. She was eleven lengths off the lead, when Smith moved her in on the far turn to save ground and look for a hole. When the hole didn’t open, Smith swung her five horses wide to the outside and made his bid.

From that point, the leaders were locked in a time warp, as Zenyatta raced past to win by a length.

As Smith jogged her back up the track, post race and the crowd cheered, Zenyatta kept her ears pricked, as if to say, “No one enjoys this more than me.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

Olympic Silver Medal Team-mates Sweep the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships presented by Greenhawk at The Royal Horse Show.


Mac Cone, Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood are no strangers to competing together, and tonight they showed their fans and fellow riders why their Team Silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was no fluke. The trio finished one-two-three respectively, in the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships presented by Greenhawk, following three rounds of competition held over the past two nights at the 87th Royal Horse Show.

Last night’s win was particularly sweet for Cone, who was unable to complete the entire Olympics due to an injury to equine counterpart, Ole. It showed Cone, and more importantly the rest of the community, that Ole is back on form and headed in the right direction heading into 2010, a year filled with milestone equestrian events including the World Equestrian Games in September.

“It’s nice to have Ole back and to be able to show people what a nice horse he is. It really means a lot.” said Cone. “He jumped beautifully, and although he appeared to have something in his throat which made a noise during the second round tonight, he kept jumping just beautifully.”

While time was of the essence in last night’s opening round, this evening was an endurance test, set by renowned designer Anthony D’Ambrosio of New York. Everyone completed an initial round of 15 jumping efforts with the top ten returning for another round over a new, shortened course. Cone came into the final round far enough ahead to have a rail “in hand” which he didn’t need, although the crowd gasped collectively when he hit one hard enough to lift it from the cups before dropping… back into the cups.

“Anthony is one of the most technical course designers out there right now,” remarked Jill Henselwood who finished third overall. “He builds very modern courses with lots of space between the rails, which makes the jumps harder to jump. And then he angles them, so every time you come through the corner, they are angled against you.”

For Henselwood it was two nights of “tweaking” a relationship with a new mount, which inevitably led to a few over-corrections before settling down.

“I maybe went too fast in the speed phase last night – I was the fastest – and she faulted. So tonight I slowed it down, because it’s a new partnership, and I may have swung the pendulum a little conservatively and we had a time fault in the first round this evening. But I felt she needed to jump the contest successfully as a confidence builder and I think we got that done. We are so close to the win, I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

“Captain Canada” Ian Millar also had a couple of very lucky rubs, but held on to finish second. His daughter Amy finished fourth. Defending Champion, Keean White was not so lucky, having the first and last rails down in the initial round tonight to drop to fifth overall.

Yesterday also saw the culmination of the National Talent Squad Finals, with Margot Lefebvre of Stittsville, ON, coming out on top with her mount Mister Cash Van der Veldmolen. Lefebvre is a student of Henselwood and calls her win at The Royal the perfect ending to “the summer of our dreams” which included top results at major horse shows in Blainville and Bromont.

Sunday is RODEO day at The Royal Horse Show. East meets west in this head to head battle beginning at 1:00. The original extreme sports – bull riding, bronc riding and barrel racing – will surely have you on the edge of your seats. The Horse Show returns Monday evening with the first round of Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing, where three-time champion Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, will be taking on a field of elite competitors including his coach, Oliver Townend of Great Britain. Townend is currently one of the most successful eventing riders in the world, and has made the trip from the U.K. to try and claim this year’s title. As if that was not competition enough, Roberts’ own father, Olympian Ian Roberts will also try to dethrone his son.

This year’s Royal Horse Show will run through November 15th. By the time the competition ends, nearly $750,000 will have been awarded in prize money, making The Royal the most prestigious and hotly contested event of the season. For more information, media accreditation, live webcasting, complete schedule, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

National Champions Crowned in Canadian Jumper Development Series


The 2009 National Champions in the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series have been crowned. Following three days of competition at Halton Place, Fifth Estate 3E, Troy, Masquerade and Stevie Wonder all claimed national championship titles in their respective age divisions.

KingRidge Stables of King City, ON, has produced many national champions over the years and, in 2009, its entry of Fifth Estate 3E claimed the National Seven and Eight-Year-Old Championship title. Ridden by Hugh Graham, Fifth Estate 3E was bred by KingRidge Stables and is by Class Action out of Alley Cat by Emilion. The eight-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding made a clean sweep of the championship titles, winning the Ontario Championship, Eastern Canadian Championship, and National Championship titles.

“He’s developed nicely over the past couple of years, and he’s a quick horse that is very careful,” noted Graham of Fifth Estate 3E. “I rode both Class Action and Alley Cat in the ring, so riding the offspring is fun. It is great to breed them and then develop them, and I think that what we have accomplished shows that our breeding program is ahead of the game.”

In September, Graham won the $100,000 Caledon Cup Final at the CSI-W Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Palgrave, ON, riding Executive Privilege 3E, another horse bred by KingRidge Stables that was developed through the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series.

“The Young Horse program is something that we really need,” said Graham, who has supported the Canadian Jumper Development Series since its inception. “It costs so much to campaign horses, and this gives us a less expensive way to develop the young ones. The program gives us an opportunity to develop and showcase our horses.”

The Reserve National Championship title went to Airborne, another horse ridden by Graham. Owned by Laurel Graham, Airborne is a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Emilion and out of Evelien by Zeoliet.

Troy claimed the National Six-Year-Old Championship title for owner and breeder North Ridge of Orangeville, ON. Ridden by Johan Letimonier, Troy is a registered Canadian Warmblood by Indoctro and out of Pheobe by Flipper. In addition to being named the National Champion, Troy also claimed the Eastern Canadian Championship title.

The Reserve National Six-Year-Old Championship title went to Davendy S, owned by Torrey Pines Stable of Schomberg, ON, and ridden by Marie Hecart. Davendy S is a bay Belgian Warmblood mare by Kashmir van Schutterhof out of Twendy S by Pachat II.

Frankie Chesler-Ortiz dominated the Five-Year-Old Division throughout the 2009 season, so it was no surprise that she piloted Masquerade to the National Five-Year-Old Championship title. Sher-Al Farm of Orangeville, ON, imported the horse earlier this year from breeder Alan Waldman who is based in the Netherlands. A registered Zangersheide by Calvino Z out of a Quick Star dam, Masquerade was also the Eastern Division Champion as well as the Ontario Reserve Champion.

Earning the Reserve Canadian Five-Year-Old Championship title was Callirado, ridden by Yann Candele for owner Susan Grange. Imported from the Netherlands as a four-year-old, Callirado is a registered Holsteiner by Calido I out of Picarda I by Acorado.

Stevie Wonder won the triple crown of this year’s Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series, claiming the Ontario Championship, Eastern Canadian Championship and National Championship titles in the Four-Year-Old Division. Bred and owned by Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON, and ridden by Frankie Chesler-Ortiz, Stevie Wonder is a registered Oldenburg by Stolzenburg out a Kannan dam.

Cattu took the Reserve National Four-Year-Old Championship title for owner Dale Hawerchuk of Orangeville, ON. Ridden by Karen Henderson, Cattu was bred by Hawerchuk’s Grande Farms and is a registered Canadian Warmblood by Catrick II out of First Class by For Pleasure.

The purpose of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.

Proud supporters of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series include Jump Canada, the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association, Lothlorien Farm, Gary Cooper, Dutch Masters Construction Services Ltd., Equus Integral (exclusive Canadian distributor of Cavalor and Devoucoux), Henry Equestrian, KingRidge Stables, Dr. Alan Manning, Mill Creek Stables, Peter Miller, Preston Sand and Gravel, Jennifer Rogers, Scotia McLeod, Sher-Al Farms, and W. Charlot Farms. An additional donation was made in memory of Morgan Firestone.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Simone Williams Announced as Assistant Team Coach for Para-Equestrian Canada


Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce that Simone Williams from Navan, ON, has been hired by Para-Equestrian Canada as an Assistant Team Coach.  Williams will be working closely with Andrea Taylor, Para-Equestrian Canada’s National Team Coach, with key responsibilities in coaching short-listed riders in Eastern Canada.


“I am excited about the opportunity of working with our talented athletes and their coaches in preparation for the World Equestrian Games and other international events,” said Williams.

A certified Level 3 Dressage coach, Williams, has been successfully training horses and riders of all ages from the beginning of their competitive careers through to the Olympic level of Grand Prix. As a testament to her coaching abilities, Williams was named the Coach of the Year by Equine Canada in 1989 when she was only 21 years of age.

Williams’ personal career highlights have included completing at the North American Young Riders’ Championships, the North American Dressage Championships, and representing her country in international competition at the 1999 Pan American Games where she enjoyed a top 10 finish individually riding her Hanoverian gelding, Einstein.

Currently, Williams is competing at the Grand Prix level aboard the talented Wunder Ein, a horse she imported from Germany as a two-year-old. The pair has enjoyed great success campaigning in the United States on the very competitive Florida circuit during the winter months before returning to Canada to compete with great results at several CDI competitions close to home.

A Message from Michael Gallagher, President of Equine Canada


I am sure most of you have received several messages regarding the changes at Equine Canada and are probably sick of it. Unfortunately, much of the competing information that has been distributed has been inaccurate, distorted, exaggerated and very emotional. Therefore I am going to try and present a short, clear and simple explanation of the planned changes in this message.
 

When Equine Canada was created about 9 years ago, the intention was that it move from being solely an FEI Sport Organization to an organization that represents all Equestrian enthusiasts across the country. By including provincial equestrian association members, recreational riders, western disciplines, breeds and industry members and part of the racing industry, Equine Canada’s membership went from 9,000 Sport members to somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 people. The problem has been that all of these new members do not pay any type of membership fee to Equine Canada, we do not know their names or how to contact them directly and many of them do not even realize they are a member. Fees from our Sport members provide well over 80% of the total revenue for the organization. They correctly expect that their Sport fees be spent on sport programs. The other 70,000 or so members enjoy “free” membership in Equine Canada. They currently receive some benefits of membership but so far, we have not been able to provide them with the level of services described in our strategic plan.
 

In November of 2008, the Board of directors of Equine Canada decided that we should charge a small membership fee of $10 to ALL members. This way we could have funds that could be used for non sport related programs and start providing real value to ALL of our members. (That fee has since been reduced to $5 for 2010). There are some that say we do not do anything for our non sport members. While I do not agree, I do agree that we are not doing enough. So some say why should we pay anything because EC does not do anything for us. It is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. There have been no funds to create the projects or services, so if everyone would chip in a small fee, then the programs could be offered.
 

Here are some examples of ideas we have for new programs and it is growing daily as we receive input from our members;
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and The Royal Horse Show

THE ROYAL HORSE SHOW

Gallop over to The Royal Horse Show where equestrian royalty, Olympians, and some of the best competitors in the world will be on site this year to vie for over $350,000 in prize money.

The most prestigious and important indoor equestrian event in North America, The Royal Horse Show continues to captivate audiences 87 years after its inception. This year’s horse show is no doubt going to dazzle audiences like never before with the presence of world famous riders, competing in all three of the Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage and our own Indoor Eventing.





Highlights of The Royal Horse Show:

Show Jumping. Taking place throughout the ten days of The Royal – Show Jumping involves horse and rider working to clear jumps up to an impressive 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) high. The courses include a variety of jumping obstacles including uprights, spreads and combinations, with many turns and changes of direction. The goal for horse and rider is to get through the course in the allotted time, with time faults being assessed for exceeding the time allowance. Should a horse refuse to make a jump, or knock down a jump, jumping faults are also incurred.

Dressage
. This truly unique equestrian competition challenges horse and rider to work together in a seamless display of what has been referred to as “ballet on horseback”. Horse and rider will be judged on their ability to achieve the precise athleticism and artistic harmony required for upper-level dressage, including the most popular freestyle to music competitions.

Indoor Eventing. Traditionally an outdoor sport, eventing combines the elegance of dressage with the accuracy and scope of stadium jumping. Eventing throws a third task into the mix – the jumping of solid cross-country obstacles including hedges, banks, walls, ditches, and through open water, all at the gallop. Now in its fourth year, Indoor Eventing at The Royal is a “hybrid” mix of cross-country and stadium jumping, and has been won by the same competitor for the past three years. Competition will be stiff this year to crown a new champion.

$100,000 CN FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. It takes a very special horse and rider to win the biggest, most difficult class of the week. This event will feature the largest jumps, the best horses and the most prize money of the week. Last year, Canada’s very own Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze took home first place. With prestige and World Cup Standing points, the stakes are high as everyone vies for this year’s win.

Canine Equine Challenge. In an event that’s always a crowd favourite, horses and selected President’s Choice SuperDogs are matched up to compete in the International Canine/Equine Open Jumper Challenge. In this relay race the dog/horse team speeds through their respective obstacle course, shooting for the best combined time and fewest penalties. $15,000 goes to the top dog ─ and horse, of course.

$75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge. All week leads up to this final event named in memory of Ian Millar’s celebrated horse Big Ben. Riders will be competing for the $75,000 purse this year. No one wants to win this class more than Ian Millar himself.

Horse Show tickets and schedule.
All horse show tickets include full General Admission to all areas of the Fair. Staged at the impressive Ricoh Coliseum, these performances will showcase the best in equestrian sport; combining the thrill of competition with family entertainment in a package not found anywhere else. Tickets can be purchased through www.royalfair.org, www.ticketmaster.ca, any Ticketmaster box office, the Ricoh Coliseum, or by calling Ticketmaster at 416-872-7777. For the full horse show schedule, visit www.royalfair.org.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Olympic Champions Eric Lamaze and Hickstead Win in Lyon, France


Lyon, France – It may have been more than a year since Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Hickstead captured the Olympic Gold Medal, but the pair proved that they are still at the top of their game by winning the €120,000 Equita Masters by GPA held Saturday, October 31, at CSI5*-W Lyon, France.

Saturday’s featured class consisted of two rounds of jumping over two unique tracks set by renowned German course designer, Frank Rothenberger. In the first round, Lamaze and Hickstead were one of six pairs to post a clear round.

Coming back for the second round, Ireland’s Jessica Kurten was the first rider to post another clear round in a time of 44.51 seconds riding Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois. With their signature speed, Lamaze and Hickstead then shaved more than two full seconds off Kurten’s time, stopping the timers in 42.10 seconds. Marco Kutscher was the only other rider to manage a second clear round riding Clintus, but his time of 44.34 seconds did not even come close to catching Lamaze, leaving the German rider second.

For the victory, Lamaze earned €30,000 of the total €120,000 in prize money on offer.

“He is an amazing horse,” said Lamaze of Hickstead, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable. “I started out with a great show yesterday, and today was even better.”

On Friday, Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, won the competition for Seven-Year-Old horses riding Coriana van Klapscheut and placed fourth in the €20,000 Prix Region Rhone-Alpes riding Take Off. Both horses are owned by Artisan Farms. Lamaze also competed with Hickstead on Friday, guiding him to a conservative clear round for ninth place in preparation for the weekend’s featured events.

On Sunday, Lamaze will close out the show jumping tournament in Lyon by competing with Hickstead in the €200,000 Rolex World Cup Grand Prix. The competition is a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup Final to be held next April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following CSI5*-W Lyon, Lamaze, currently ranked the number two show jumping rider in the world, will compete at CSI5*-W Verona, ITA, from November 5-8. He and Hickstead will then travel to Doha, Qatar, for the Global Champions Tour Final, held November 11-14, where more than €1.4 million in prize money will be on the line.