Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze took a tight victory at CSI2* Opglabbeek in Belgium, scoring a 20 hundredths of a second advantage against Dutchman Harrie Smolders. (Photo © CSI Opglabbeek)
The four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze take a new victory in Europe, dominating the CSI2* Grand Prix Gemeente Oudsbergen in Belgium.
In an extensive class of 76 pairs on course designed by Henk Linders of the Netherlands, the former World Ranking leader and current world number 9 Eric Lamaze, set the direct path to victory in his jump-off round, stopping the clock at 39.03 seconds with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth Frh x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms & Torrey Pines Stable.
What resulted in a real fight between several of the best exponents of the show jumping among the 17 classified riders, Eric Lamaze secured 50 FEI Ranking Points with his victory and surpassed for only 20 hundredths of a second the Dutch rider Harrie Smolders with his 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab of Reve x Kannan) owned by Eurohorseba- Axel Verlooy, adding 45 World Ranking Points with his time of 39.23 seconds.
For third place the young Lisa Nooren of Holland accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Hocus Pocus de Muze (Tinka’s Boy x For Pleasure) registered a time of 40.53 seconds, being escorted by Irish rider Paul Kennedy with the 11-year-old mare Cartown Danger Mouse (Harlequin du Carel) in 40.91 seconds and completed the Top 5 the house representative Pascale Haep, presenting the Belgian Amazon with the 9-year-old mare Iris van de Bisschop (Kannan x Vigo d’Arsouilles) in time of 41.25 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking he stood out in seventh place and adding World Ranking points Matheus Correa from Brazil, achieving his tiebreaker classification and time of 41.80 seconds with his 8-year-old gelding Vip des Majuros (Quinhon Iolisco*HN x Sarastro). Also by Pan American Ranking managed to finish within the points the American Amazon Lillie Keenan in 14th place with the 12-year-old gelding Fibonacci 17 (For Feeling x Corland).
Out of the points by the Latinos were Yuri Mansur of Brazil completing his regular round in 4 fouls next to the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor (Old) x Italic des Salines), finishing in 20th place. His feloowman and former Latino Ranking Leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli was penalized for exceeding the time totaling 5 fouls in 41st place with the 8-year-old gelding El Dorado (Indorado x Heartbreaker) and also Brazilian rider Katty King finished 47th with 8 faults next to the 14-year-old gelding Wilexo (Phin Phin x Calvados).
Other participants were Santiago Díaz Ortega from Colombia with the 9-year-old mare Hbr Dance (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Lumpaci) occupying 58th position, André Reichmann from Brazil in 61st with the 8-year-old gelding Juan van’t Arkelhof (Diamant de Semilly x Ahorn Z 310226079) in 13 fouls, Nando de Miranda from Brazil with 16 fouls next to the 9-year-old mare Czarina Jmen (Clavigo Jmen x Contender) in 62nd and Pedro Muylaert with the 10-year-old gelding Chacote (Chacco-Blue x Quick Star) was retired.