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Lamaze & Hickstead – the Kings of Calgary win one million dollar CN International Grand Prix

Monday, 12 September 2011

Kings of Calgary; Eric Lamaze & superstar Hickstead. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.Click here for full results from Spruce Meadows.

Eric Lamaze and his superstar stallion Hickstead (Hamlet x Eikstein) were an unbeatable force in Sunday’s one million dollar CN International at Spruce Meadows. The Grand Prix had 35 riders lining up to compete for the top 12 spots to advance to the second round and the big bucks, but after the first round only two riders had produced clears over Leopoldo Palacios’ course.

Nineteen year old Martin Fuchs on Principal 12 (Prinz Oldenburg x Grabensprung) and 43 year old Eric Lamaze went clear in round one, leading the way into round two. Three riders were just behind on one single time penalty.

Lamaze and his 15 year old Dutch warmblood were not surprisingly the only pair that pulled off a double clear round in this prestigious class. Nils Bruynseels on Nasa (Cumano x Prince d’Elle) from Belgium rode his way up to runner-up position with a second clear round; the lovely grey 10 year old mare only had one fence down in the first round. Martin Fuchs could record what must be considered his best result yet; third place in one of the biggest Grand Prix’s in the world is not bad for such a young rider.

With his win, Lamaze also won a CN Precision Series bonus of $50,000. “When you’re riding the best horse in the world, it makes a big difference,” said Lamaze after winning a total of $385,000. “This is a very special win for me. Winning at Spruce Meadows is always a bit more special.” The CN International was the final event for the FEI Spruce Meadows tournament season.

CN International – top five
1. Eric Lamaze, CAN – Hickstead 0/0
2. Niels Bruynseels, BEL – Nasa 4/0
3. Martin Fuchs, SUI - Principal 12 0/4
4. Khaled Al Eid, KSA - Presley Boy 5/0
5. Satiago Lambre, MEX - Insul Tech Wonami Van Den Aard 5/0

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