|Eric Lamaze Wins $1,000,000 CN International||| Print ||
September 11, 2007 -- Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON became the second Canadian in history to win the worldâ€™s richest Grand Prix, the $1,000,000 CN International, held September 9 at the Spruce Meadows â€˜Mastersâ€™ in Calgary, AB.
Lamaze found himself $325,000 richer after being the only one out of 40 competitors to lay down double clear rounds, over one of the toughest classes in the world, built by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios, of Caracas, Venezuela, who raised fences in the second round to the towering maximum height of 2.20 metres. Lamazeâ€™s partner was his seasoned international mount Hickstead, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Torrey Pines and Ashland Stables Inc.
â€œThis was really one of the best classes in the world, and to win was great for Canada and great for me,â€ said Lamaze, who was the first Canadian to claim the CN International since Ian Millarâ€™s wins in 1987 and 1991. â€œThis is a win I am going to remember for a long time!â€
Lamaze picked up an additional $50,000 for being the winner of the CN Precision series, which included the CN International Grand Prix, as well as three other major Grand Prix classes held at Spruce Meadows tournaments throughout the 2007 season. Having also won the $200,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the â€˜North Americanâ€™ Tournament aboard Hickstead in early July, Lamazeâ€™s win on Sunday secured him the bonus prize.
The CN International capped off a week full of success for Lamaze, who was also fault-free with Hickstead in Saturdayâ€™s two-round $350,000 BMO Nationsâ€™ Cup, helping Canada earn third place.
â€œItâ€™s been great the last few years, Iâ€™ve really been concentrating on my career and it is paying off now and for the future,â€ explained Lamaze who was the 2007 Pan American Games Individual Bronze Medalist, as well as being a member of Canadaâ€™s Show Jumping Team, helping them earn the Team Silver Medal, which in turn secured Canadaâ€™s berth to the 2008 Olympics. â€œIâ€™ve been traveling to Europe as much as I can to compete against the best in world. Iâ€™m going to go back to Europe for the month of October because it has really been paying off for both my young horses and for Hickstead, so it is something I am going to continue doing.â€
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