Calgary, AB, Canada- The ‘Masters’ Tournament continued in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows Thursday morning with the $35,000 ATCO Structures and Logistics Cup shown over a 1.50m course set by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN). For the second year in a row, Canada’s Eric Lamaze raised the trophy for a win aboard Artisan Farms LLC’s Fine Lady 5, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II).
“It is an event that is usually won by a really fast horse,” Lamaze remarked on his victories. “Actually, all of the competitions here are won by a fast horse and she is very fast.”
Thirty-eight entries jumped the first round course, with 21 qualifying for the jump-off and ten double clear rounds. Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 carved out a victory in 39.70 seconds over Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and Worlds Judgement in 39.88 seconds. Chile’s Samuel Parot jumped into third with a time of 40.24 seconds aboard Couscous van Orti, and Guy Williams (GBR) finished fourth riding Casper de Muze in 40.43 seconds.
“It is great to go in the ring when it does not matter what people tell you about how fast the person was before you. You know you always have a chance with her to win it,” Lamaze stated. “Some horses you know it is not possible, but with her it is possible.”
Commenting on his jump-off track, Lamaze continued, “I had a lot of help at the back gate telling me what Lisa had done. The word was that it was very fast. Fine Lady is a very quick turner and she is very quick at landing and going places, so she is not a difficult horse to go fast with.”
The ‘Masters’ Tournament continues on Friday featuring the $210,000 Tourmaline Oil Cup 1.60m and the $75,000 ATCO ELECTRIC ‘Circuit' Six Bar. For a complete tournament schedule and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
Final Results: $35,000 ATCO Power & Logistics Cup 1.50m
1. $8,750 FINE LADY 5 Hanoverian / M / 12 Forsyth x Drosselklang II ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) SCHOMBERG, ON Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/39.70
2. $7,000 WORLDS JUDGEMENT Dutch Warmblood / M / 12 Judgement x Farmer LISA CARLSEN (CAN) OKOTOKS, AB WJ Partners: 0/0/39.88
3. $5,250 COUSCOUS VAN ORTI Belgian Warmblood / G / 13 Nabab de Reve x Cash SAMUEL PAROT (CHI) WELLINGTON, FL Samuel Parot: 0/0/40.24
4. $3,500 CASPER DE MUZE Belgian Warmblood / G / 13 Triomphe de Muze x Corsaire de Vauban GUY WILLIAMS (GBR) KENT Guy Williams: 0/0/40.43
5. $2,450 QODY DE ST AUBERT Warmblood / S / 11 Fidji du Fleury x Damoiseau DOr ROBERT BREUL (FRA) FRANCE Yves Vilain & Domaine des Gonets: 0/0/40.66
6. $1,925 COUP DE CHANCE Belgian Sport Horse / G / 9 Cardento x Darco ELIZABETH GINGRAS (CAN) EDMONTON, AB B Gingras Equestrian Ltd: 0/0/42.08
7. $1,400 CORBINIAN Westphalian / G / 9 Cornet Obolensky x Pilot STEVE GUERDAT (SUI) BERN Steve Guerdat: 0/0/43.83
8. $1,050 CAT BALOU Hanoverian / M / 10 Converter x Acord II TAMIE PHILLIPS (CAN) CALGARY, AB Tamie Phillips: 0/0/44.40
9. $1,050 GELEDIMAR Zangersheide / M / 12 Grosso Z x Lord Z HANNAH HEIDEGGER (USA) MALIBU, CA Monarch International: 0/0/47.53
10. $875 SAXO DE LA COUR Selle Francais / G / 9 Dollar de la Pierre x Jelisco B CEDRIC ANGOT (FRA) GAMBAIS Sandrine Schuwer: 0/0/47.93
11. $875 THE DUDE Oldenburg / G / 9 Carry Gold x Argentinus WILL SIMPSON (USA) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA Monarch International: 0/4/39.86
12. $875 CATALINA Warmblood / M / 8 Chacco Blue x Converter EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Eduardo Menezes: 0/4/42.16