Remember Eric Lamaze? The three-time Olympic medalist and a famous member of the Canadian Equestrian Team who completed a rare feat of only having one rail fail during his entire Olympic Games. This month, the Canadian scored another huge victory at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Challenge Cup week 10.
The 49-year-old Canadian rider scored a record-setting 28th WEF Challenge Cup victory at the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup in Wellington, Florida. The race is also Lamaze’s third victory in the series and the first for the 11-year-old gelding Chesney.
Chesney is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding that was originally purchased from Germany’s Marcus Beerbaum, who is currently owned by the Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms.
The Dutch Warmblood gelding has been competing for years under the Canadian and Artisan teammate, Tiffany Foster. Lamaze took his ride with Chesney in February last year. Lamaze has been competing for the 11-year-old gelding in 1.40 and 1/45 classes.
About the WEF Challenge Cup and Lamaze’s next big game
Of the original 85 entries attempted to contest Michel Vaillancourt-designed racetrack, nine advanced and made it to the jump off. But in the end, it was Lamaze and Chesney who claimed the big win at 36.59 seconds.
Lamaze was followed by Amber Harte (USA) with Austrian 2, who managed to finish a blistering time of 37.078 seconds. In third place was Georgina Bloomberg (USA) with her Manodie ll H, who managed to finish a time of 37.50 seconds.
Completing the full list was Olympic veteran Ian Miller (Canada) and Dixson who took the fourth place, while Jennifer Mattell and Cherokee finished fifth.
Lamaze is expected to travel to Mexico City for the opening leg of the 2018 Global Champions Tour, which will go from March 22 to March 25. He will return to Wellington, Florida for the final stage of the WEF before competing for the Global Champions Tour Miami in April.
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