Hickstead and Lamaze top Canada's WEG SJ long list

July 16, 2010

Canada has named a strong team of showjumpers on its long list for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games taking place September 25 to October 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.


Eric Lamaze. © Spruce Meadows
The Jump Canada High Performance Committee, comprised of Terrance Millar, Chair, Laura Balisky, Alan Chesler, Mark Laskin, and Mark Samuel, will choose the final five athletes who will be named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team by September 29, 2010.

"We face challenges due to the injuries of some of our top horses, but we have a strong rider base," said Terrance Millar, who also acts as chef d'équipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team.

"I am confident that we will put together five horse and rider combinations that will be competitive."

"Given Hickstead's current form, Eric Lamaze has to be considered as one of the front runners in the race to become the 2010 World Champion," Millar said.

In alphabetical order, the riders and horses are:

Athlete / Hometown / Horse / Owner
John Anderson / Calgary, AB / Terrific / Foxdale Farm Inc.
Yann Candele / Caledon, ON / Pitareusa / Susan Grange
Mac Cone / King City, ON / Ole / Sara Houstoun and Larry Evoy
Jill Henselwood / Oxford Mills, ON / Special Ed / Juniper Farms
/ Bottom Line / Bradon Construction
Eric Lamaze / Schomberg, ON /Hickstead /Torrey Pines and Ashland Stables
/ Ronaldo / Ashland Stables
Ian Millar / Perth, ON / In Style / Susan Grange and Lothlorien Farm
/ Star Power / Team Works
Jonathon Millar / Perth, ON / Contino 14 / Millar Brooke Farm
John Pearce / Bermuda Dunes, CA / Son of a Gun / Forest View Farm
/ Chianto / Alison Moore
Keean White / Acton, ON / Celena Z / Angelstone Farms and the Ashland Group
/ Bethsabee / Elm Rock LLC and Angelstone Farms

• Eric Lamaze took over top spot on the all-time money won list at Spruce Meadows with a total of $2,730,502 in career earnings at the Calgary, Alberta, venue, after the weekend's results.

Coming into the final day of competition at the Spruce Meadows "North American" Tournament, Lamaze needed just $14,000 to surpass long-time title holder and Canadian Olympic silver medal teammate, Ian Millar. Lamaze won that and more, pocketing $25,000 for his second place finish in the $175,000 Mercedes-Benz Classic Derby riding Atlete Van T Heike, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms, LLC. He also topped the G&C Farm Rider's Cup standings, which reward consistency throughout the Spruce Meadows summer tournaments, to earn an additional $25,000 bonus.

Moving to number one on the all-time money list at Spruce Meadows capped off a fantastic week in the Olympic Champion's career. On Thursday, July 8, Lamaze went to number one in the world in the Rolex Rider Rankings. The same day, he and his Olympic partner, Hickstead, won the $35,000 D-Line Construction Cup. On Friday, Lamaze guided Artisan Farms, LLC's Take Off to victory in the $31,000 Pepsi Challenge. Saturday saw Lamaze and Hickstead, the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable, claim the $200,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Having also won the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix during the Spruce Meadows "National" Tournament in June, Lamaze earned a $50,000 bonus.

"It's been a fantastic week and a great ride with some great horses," said Lamaze, 42. "That's what helped me get to this point. Here at Spruce Meadows, I try extra hard to win classes because it means a lot. Some weeks, everything goes your way and for me on this tour, a lot of things went my way. I have a lot of results, but I also entered a lot of classes. I arrived here with very good horses and ready to compete. I also have a great team of owners and staff behind me that allow me to do this. I'm very happy that it turned out the way that it did."

Lamaze now returns to Europe, where he is based in Belgium, to contest CSIO5* Aachen, Germany, from July 13-17 followed by CSI5* Chantilly, France, and CSI5* San Patrignano, Italy.