The world champion, Olympic and Pan American medals Eric Lamaze of Canada won the first FEI class in Aachen, where the difference between first and fifth place was only 23 hundredths of a second. (Photo © CHIO Aachen / Michael Strauch)
The four-time Olympic medalist and world number 5 Eric Lamaze won the first FEI class at the CHIO Aachen, dominating the € 100,000 Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe.
Under the course design of German Frank Rothenberger, a total of 58 pairs animated the first class, then gave way to an extensive group of 20 riders in the jump-off, led by Eric Lamaze with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines Stable.
Recording a time of 42.97 seconds Eric Lamaze took 100 World Ranking Points with his fifth 2017 FEI victory. Surpassing by only 8 hundredths of second, the Canadian beat to the great German star and Olympic medalist Ludger Beerbaum, that appeared with the 14-year-old mare Chiara 222 (Contender x Coronado 3), while Irish rider Bertram Allen took the third place with the 13-year-old mare Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) in 43.06 seconds.
For the Top 5 another Olympic medalist managed to appear in fourth place with Cian O’Connor next to his 11-year-old stallion Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II) to complete its tiebreaker in 43.09 seconds and fifth place was the American rider Lauren Hough, with a good performance accompanied by her effective 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) by stopping the clock in 43.20 seconds.
Being the difference of only 23 hundredths of a second between the first and fifth place, the two best seeds of the competition World No. 1 Kent Farrington and World No. 2 McLain Ward, did not obtain effective jump-off rounds, to leave better Located to McLain Ward in the 12th place next to the 16-year-old gelding Rothchild (Artos x Elegant De L’ile) with 4 faults and in the case of Kent Farrington totaling 11 faults when stopping in a fence next to the 15-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill).
By the Latino Ranking its leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil was the best placed in 18th place with the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), totaling 8 fouls in 47.03 seconds.