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Eric Lamaze and Bezzie Madden best at Spruce Meadows

Sunday, 08 July 2012

Happy winner - Eric Lamaze. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.Saturday’s TD Cup featured 24 horse/rider combinations competing over the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), with 15 jumping obstacles over 500 meters of track. Eight combinations returned to the winning round, where Eric Lamaze (CAN) took home first place riding Coriana Van Klapscheut, his 10 year old Warmblood mare. This marks Lamaze’s third FEI win this season, after losing his prize stallion, Hickstead, last November. “It’s been a tough time, I’ve had to get used to losing a lot more” commented Lamaze, Spruce Meadows’ all-time prize money winner. “I feel a lot better about all my horses after taking them through the series here at Spruce.”

In celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Spruce Meadows in 1990, 44 horse/rider combinations saddled up to take home the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the third leg of the CN Precision series. After losing by a nose to Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Hickstead last year, Rich Fellers (USA) and Flexible set their sights on finally taking first place. It just wasn’t meant to be, with fellow Olympic teammate, Beezie Madden (USA), posting three clear rounds, and a jump off time of 37.58 to win first place.Beezie Madden and Simon. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. With 44 horse/rider combinations to start, the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) saw 5 combinations return from the second round into the jump off after over 900 meters of track and 38 obstacles over two rounds. Madden and her 13 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Simon, had some fierce competition, with two other CN Precision Series winners searching for a $50,000 bonus. Fellers, along with Kent Farrington (USA) were both looking to capture another leg of the series.

TD Cup – Top 10

1-Eric Lamaze              CAN                Coriana Van Klapscheut
2-Beezie Madden         USA                Cortes C
3-Mario Deslauriers      USA                Cella
4-Richard Spooner       USA                Apache
5-Nayel Nassar            EGY                Lordan
6-Mac Cone                USA                Capone I
7-Kent Farrington         USA                Voyeur
8-Antonio Maurer        MEX                Callao
9-Wilton Porter            USA                Paloubet
10-Reed Kessler          USA                Cylana

ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup – Top 10
1-Beezie Madden                     USA                Simon
2-Rich Fellers                           USA                Flexible
3-Kent Farrington                     USA                Uceko
4-Lauren Tisbo                         USA                King Kolibri
5-Leslie Howard                      USA                Utah
6-Mario Deslauriers                  USA                Urico
7-Darragh Kerins                     IRL                  Lisona
8-Richard Spooner                   USA                Cristallo
9-Christine McCrea                  USA                Romantovich Take One
10-Lisa Carlsen                        CAN                La Boom

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