Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid won the $133,700 Suncor Energy Winning Round CSI 5* yesterday during the ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5* at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Province of Alberta, Canada.
It was the first competition for Saturday of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*. Fans were out bright and early to stake their spot around the International Ring to watch the best in the sport compete for glory.
The top 30 riders from the TELUS Cup and ATCO Solutions competitions (Wednesday and Thursday respectively) qualified to compete in the Suncor Winning Round. This two-round competition takes the top ten riders from round one and returns them for the winning round in reverse order of score.
Following round one, five clears, four single fault rounds and the fastest of the four fault rounds moved onto the Winning Round. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) was the first to return to the ring. Aboard Limestone Grey (Try Time – Millpark’s Courageous Lady) he laid down a clear round in a quick time of 46.62 seconds, a mark that ended up earning them silver honors.
Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Chacco Kid
De Luca’s time held up through the Winning Round to the final rider of the competition – Canadian Eric Lamaze (CAN) was last to go. With Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue x Come On), with whom he’d won with earlier in the week, Lamaze galloped into first place backed by a penalty-free winning round in 44.73 seconds.
Jim Ifko (CAN) and Celine La Silla (Quintero x San Patrignano Cassini) were the only other combination with no penalties in their second performance, going through the finish line in 50.97 seconds.
“It seemed like such a simple fence to jump but the front rail came down so many times I had to take another look at it as I came in the ring. I made sure to protect the front rail and my horse (Chacco Kid) was clever enough to jump the back rail.” – Eric Lamaze on how he rode what seemed to be a trick fence on course.
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Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk