Equine Canada has named Hickstead the 'Omega Alpha Horse of the Month' for September. © Cealy Tetley
On Saturday, Hickstead and Lamaze posted two clear rounds in the $350,000 BMO Nations' Cup and leading the Canadian Show Jumping Team to second place finish among the 10 countries competing.
Rounding out an incredible week, Hickstead and Lamaze won the prestigious $1 million CN International on Sunday, September 11. This victory marks the second time they have won, with the first time being in 2007.
"At this point in our career, I know him very well, and he wants to jump clear just as much as I do," said Lamaze. "I don't come to Canada very often, so to win here is very special. Hickstead is the best horse in the world, in my opinion, and for him to show it here to his Canadian fans is great.
"Winning the $1 million CN International is just as exciting as it was the first time, if not more. The money is great, but to have his name attached to the title twice means a lot. As he nears the end of his career, I am so happy for my horse. It was great that John and the Fleischhacker family could be in Calgary and see Hickstead win. Their support has meant a lot to my career, and I was really happy that they could be there."
The Omega Alpha Horse of the Month program was developed to recognize a performance of exceptional merit by a horse from the disciplines of dressage, eventing or show jumping. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals will be providing the selected horse/rider combination with Omega Alpha product of their choice, up to a value of $1000.
Eric Lamaze. © Cealy Tetley
During the month of September 2011, Lamaze represented Canada in three Nations' Cup competitions and won five international classes.
On September 2, Lamaze represented Canada in the Nations' Cup at CSIO5* Gijon, ESP, riding Atlete Van't Heike, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms.
Lamaze then flew to Calgary for to attend the Spruce Meadows "Masters" tournament, where he rode Hickstead to win the $35,000 Finning Welcome. The following day, he guided Coriana van Klapscheut, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms, to victory over 41 entries in the $40,000 ATCO Structures and Logistics Cup.
On Saturday morning, Lamaze rode Coriana van Klapscheut to victory in the $80,000 Suncor Energy Winning Round, before posting two clear rounds with Hickstead in the $350,000 BMO Nations' Cup and leading the Canadian Show Jumping Team to an impressive second place finish among the 10 countries competing.
For a grand finale, Lamaze and Hickstead won the prestigious $1 million CN International for the second time in their career, having also claimed the title in 1997.
At the end of September, Lamaze returned to Spain to represent Canada in the FEI Promotional League Nations' Cup Final at CSIO5* Barcelona, ESP, from September 21-25. Riding in the anchor position, Lamaze and Atlete Van't Heike guided the three-member Canadian team to a fourth place finish. Also in Barcelona, Lamaze and Athlete Van't Heike won the €100,000 Grand Prix of Barcelona with the only double clear performance on September 23. The win in Barcelona marked the fourth CSIO5* Grand Prix victory for Lamaze during the 2011 season, having also posted wins at CSIO5* La Baule, France; CSIO5* Rome, Italy; and CSIO5* Calgary, Canada.
"We had an incredible month, and being able to win in front of our Canadian fans at Spruce Meadows was very special," said Lamaze, who is personally sponsored by Cavalor and feeds its products exclusively to Hickstead. "In Spain, it was amazing to win the fourth CSIO5* Grand Prix of the year. This type of success doesn't come without a great group of owners who support me and make it all possible."