The Canadian Olympic medalist and current world number 6, took the victory in the mythical competition for the first time in his career with the mare Fine Lady 5, liquidating the world number 1 Christian Ahlmann. (Photo © Archive)
For the first time in his career, Eric Lamaze of Canada takes the victory in the 16th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final composed by a select group of the best riders in the world, surpassing the leader of the World-wide Ranking Christian Ahlmann of Germany.
Presenting with his partner of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with which he added his third Olympic medal to obtain the bronze in individual, today marking the rhythm in the two round class and finished his field in 42.56 seconds to credit 130,000 Swiss Francs and 150 FEI World Ranking points.
Driving the 13-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines Stable, Lamaze added another success in his career which is undoubtedly one of the most important competitions of the world equestrian show jumping, including 9 of the top 10 riders currently in the World Ranking.
The second position was for Alhmann, number 1 in the FEI Ranking and achieving more points than his closest follower of the world ranking, when they started the month with a lead of only 56 points, the German took 130 World ranking points for only 50 of the French Simon Delestre. Christian completed his course in 43.05 seconds with the 16-year-old stallion Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor).
Another Olympic medalist seized third place, getting a time of 44.30 seconds and the last double clear of the night, house rider Steve Guerdat with 10-year-old gelding Corbinian (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot), hoarded the applause of crown, that until the final jump accompanied with illusion of victory from its representative.
The constellation of stars continued with the fourth and fifth place occupied by the Frenchmen Kevin Staut and Penelope Leprevost, completing both their two rounds in 4 faults, where Staut doit with the 15-year-old gelding Reverse de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes) scored on the board 43.37 seconds, for 45.37 seconds achieved by Leprevost and the 11-year-old stallion Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo d’Arsouilles x For Pleasure).
While the only competitor who is not currently ranked among the world’s top 10 but occupying the world’s No. 1 for more than 2 years, Olympic medalist and current world number 13th and only winner of the Rolex Triple Crown Scott Brash of Great Brittany, finished in sixth place with the 10-year-old mare Hello M’Lady (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet) totaling 4 fouls in 45.51 seconds.
The rest of competitors finished in the seventh the world number 7 Marcus Ehning of Germany with 4 fouls and 45.81 seconds, eighth and number 4 of the Ranking the American Kent Farrington in 4 fouls and 47.02 seconds, followed in the ninth by the World number 3 Daniel Deusser of Germany knocking a pole in each round for 8 fouls in 43.64 seconds, closing Simon Delestre in the tenth with a total of 20 fouls in 57.40 seconds.