Eric Lamaze and Hickstead.
Riding Hickstead, Lamaze finished second in the €200,000 Rolex World Cup Grand Prix on December 12, at CSI5*-W Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, for 17 World Cup points and finished third in the $100,000 CN Performance Grand Prix during the CSI4*-W Spruce Meadows "Continental" tournament in Calgary, to also earn 17 World Cup points. Riding Atlete Van T Heike in the $231,000 WEF World Cup Qualifier during CSI4*-W WEF 9 in Florida, Lamaze also qualified that horse for the World Cup Final, at the Leipzig Exhibition Center from April 27 to May 1.
Competitors from 14 qualifying leagues will attend the final. The first leg of competition will be a speed class on Thursday, April 28. The riders will carry their scores forward to Friday's competition, which is Table A with a timed jump off. The top two-thirds of the competitors will then move forward to Sunday's two-round final.
Leipzig is also hosting a CSI2* for competitors aged 16 to 26, called the European Youngster (EY) Cup. For the first time, Canada will be sending a representative.
David Arcand, 21, of Mont Royal, Quebec, earned a spot at the EY Cup by finishing third overall in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, which consisted of three $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix classes and the Artisan Farms $20,000 Young Rider Team competition held during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
The EY Cup consists of speed rounds on Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, with the Finale being a Table A with a timed jump-off on Friday, April 29.
As Arcand's horse Santos Utopia was recently sold, he will be riding Catwalk 19, an eight-year-old Holstiener owned by Stall Tjeert Rijkens.
"I am very honoured that Stall Tjeert Rijkens is lending me Catwalk 19," Arcand said. "He is a very nice young horse and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to ride him at this prestigious competition. This will be my first time competing in Europe and it is a very exciting opportunity."