November 8, 2007 — John Fleischhacker, owner of Ashland Stables in Wellington, FL, has been recognized as the 2007 Jump Canada Owner of the Year.
In 2007, the horses of Ashland Stables have contributed significantly to what has been one of the most successful Canadian show jumping seasons in recent history. Paired with Ashland Stables’ Hickstead, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion sired by Hamlet, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, has enjoyed a career year.
One of the most significant highlights of the season came for Lamaze and Hickstead at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they earned an Individual Bronze Medal and were members of the Canada's Silver Medal Team, securing a spot for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Their incredible success continued at the Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament in September where Lamaze and Hickstead produced the only double clear round to win the world’s richest grand prix—the $1,000,000 CN International.
Lamaze and Hickstead were also members of Canada's victorious Nations' Cup Team in March in Wellington, FL, for the second consecutive year. Other impressive results include being second in the Grand Prix of Antwerp, Belgium; third in the Grand Prix of Madrid in Spain; first in the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB; first in the €50,000 Grand Prix at the Athina Onassis International Tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and first in the $75,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Grand Prix at the Thunderbird Show Park.
"I am glad to be part of the achievements in show jumping that Eric Lamaze and Canada have accomplished to date," remarked Fleischhacker. "Eric has selected, trained and shown all these horses and it is all his hard work that has made our success possible."
Other horses owned by Ashland Stables have also been successful this year. Narcotique de Muze II, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare sired by Darco, and Lamaze won the $30,000 Enbridge Cup at the Spruce Meadows "National", the $35,000 Pengrowth Cup at the Spruce Meadows "North American" and finished third in the $200,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte in North Carolina.
With Lorrain Z, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare sired by Lord Z, Lamaze won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series at Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic. Riding Sadin, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding sired by Lancelot, and Mayhem, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, are two other horses that are successful grand prix contenders.
A Waterford crystal bowl and a Jump Canada Award were presented in a special ceremony prior to the start of the $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON, on November 7 in recognition of Ashland Stables contribution to the success of Canadian show jumping. Eric Lamaze accepted the award on behalf of John Fleischhacker of Ashland Stables.
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