Canada's Eric Lamaze wins second straight Grand Prix title
Canada's Eric Lamaze rides Derly Chin De Muze in the team jumping final at Greenwich Park during the Summer Olympics in London on Monday, August 6, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:57PM EDT
ROME -- Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze kicked off the latest Grand Prix stop Thursday with his second victory in less than a week.
Lamaze, from Schomberg, Ont., finished first in the 24,000 euro (C$35,700) Premio 3 competition aboard Zigali PS for owners Carlene and Andy Ziegler of Artisan Farms. The victory came four days after a win at the Grand Prix of La Baule aboard Powerplay.
The top-ranked Canadian had a time of 37.67 seconds in the jumpoff.
"Fences one and two were new fences for the jumpoff, I was fast to number one and just kept going," Lamaze said. "It set me up for the round and I was able to leave strides out in several lines. It was a good opening day in Rome."
Simon Delestre was second in 38.00 seconds aboard Ryan des Hayettes and fellow French rider Kevin Staut took third in 38.62 with Oh d'Eole. A total of 64 horses were in the field and 26 qualified for the jumpoff.
Competition continues through Sunday.