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Hickstead and Lamaze claim France's Caen Grand Prix

October 28, 2008

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead on their way to victory in the Grand Prix of Caen. ©

Canada's Eric Lamaze and Hickstead won the grand prix at Caen on Sunday, taking hom a prize of €60,000. Hickstead also won the prize for best horse of the show.

"It's a real pleasure to be here and to come back since many years," Lamaze said. "I'm glad to see that this show develops itself and becomes a real interesting competition. I wanted to restart Hickstead on indoor competitions and Caen was the ideal place. Our results here let me think that I was right to chose Caen again."

Two days of jumping and five classes offering total stakes of €150,000 meant several of the world's best riders vied for top honours, but only nine riders of the 60 in the Grand Prix qualified for the jump off over the Jean-Paul Lepetit course. None of the top riders including Eugenie Angot (Ilostra Dark), Ludo Philippaerts (Kassini'Jac), and Kate Levy (Vent du Nord), managed a double clear round. French young rider Pauline Guignery, 25, was the only one to do this, riding Vinca Major van Vliegeren, but Lamaze, second in Saturday's evening competition, snatched the victory from her by more than a second.

Fastourel du Cap and Penelope Leprevost.
Guignery also won the best lady rider title.

The French-bred stallion Fastourel du Cap (by Jalisco B), who started his international career under Herve Godignon and ridden in Caen by Penelope Leprevost, retired from international competition just before the Grand Prix.

The 15-year-old won several international Grand Prix during his career, including Royan, Dinard, and Comporta, and will now head to stud.

He already has 55 progeny on the ground, with 29 performing under saddle.



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