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Ovation for Eric Lamaze at Canadian show

November 10, 2011

Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze was welcomed into the ring at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto on Tuesday with rousing applause and a standing ovation.

Hickstead and Herald 3. © Michelle C. Dunn
Riding Herald 3, Lamaze jumped a solid, confident round with no rails down and just two time faults, finishing in 10th overall and settling any doubts as to whether he was ready to compete so soon after losing his Olympic partner Hickstead, in Italy on Sunday.

Organizers of the Royal Horse Show have planned a video tribute to Lamaze and Hickstead which will be broadcast just before to the $100,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, in which Lamaze will be competing on Wednesday night. Fans are also invited to sign a book of condolences which is being placed in the Heritage Court area of the Ricoh Coliseum.

• The luck of the Irish was with Dermott Lennon as he blazed around the course in the $31,000 Jolera International Jumper Welcome with his young mare Loughview Lou Lou; besting American superstars McLain Ward and Richard Spooner while laying groundwork to defend his 2010 Leading International Rider title here at the Royal.

Ward, who won this afternoon's $20,000 Power and Speed class with Rothchild by mere fractions of a second, rode Pjotter Van de Zonnehoeve to second, executing one - but not both - of the time-saving steps which led to Lennon's success.

Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou Lou.
© Michelle C. Dunn

McLain Ward and Pjotter Van de Zonnehoeve.
© Michelle C. Dunn

"I had one stride less after the double combination which probably saved me a few seconds," explained Lennon following the class.

"Although McLain also did that - but I had one less stride from one to two so I got a little bit ahead there. She's a very competitive mare, and had a few good wins at Aachen and Dublin this year, so she's holding her own," said Lennon of his mount, whom he has only been riding for the past year.

International riders will have the opportunity to compete throughout the rest of the week in matinee and evening competitions including the $100,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and the sold-out $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.

All of the weekday matinee performances are free with general admission to the Fair.

Thursday's evening performance offers an exciting double-bill featuring International show jumping as well as the $40,000 CDI 3*** FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition, where Ashley Holzer will appear to defend her 2009 and 2010 titles.



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