The winners of the weekend
Only a few months ago, we were just hoping to see Eric Lamaze on a competition field again. This weekend, the Canadian champion was on course in Calgary, but he also won the Grand Prix***** thanks to Chacco Kid (Chacco Blue)! It was an emotional victory ahead of his friend Steve Guerdat who settled for second place with an admiring smile for the feat his pal had just achieved. A real life lesson for the Canadian who has been fighting cancer in recent months – he’s realized his dream of returning to the arena in the most beautiful way!
In Wiesbaden, the Grand Prix**** was won by American Chloe Reid on Luis P (Lord Pezi) ahead of the Luxembourger from Mathy Stables, Charlotte Bettendorf on Hope Street (Casall) and another American, Lucas Porter, on C Hunter (Cassini II), leaving the Germans, Marcell Marchal on Utopia (Concas Z) and Ludger Beerbaum on Cool Feeling (Cornado) off the podium, coming in 4th and 5th places respectively.
In Béthune, Nicolas Delmotte won the Grand Prix*** on his incredible Darmani van't Heike (Grandeur) with the only double clear round, ahead of Bart Clarys on Joie de Toulon (Toulon) who set the fastest time, while Alexis Borrin finished on the podium with Alea de la Marque (Mylord Carthago), from ‘du Château’ line.
Benoit Cernin won the Grand Prix*** of Lons le Saunier with Uitlanders du Ter ahead of the tireless Michel Robert on Emerette, while Alexandre Fontanelle completed the podium with his faithful Prime Time des Vagues, who returns to the top of the podium.
In Lier, Jos Verlooy won the Grand Prix** with Jacobien vd Dwerse Hagen (Va Vite) just ahead of Jeroen De Winter who continued his progress with his young 8-year-old stallion, Leandro VG (Gitano v Berckenbroeck), while Nayel Nassar completed the podium with Oaks Redwood (Conquistador), leaving Frédéric Vernaet in 4th position with Dieu Merci van T&L (Toulon).
Willem Greve won the Wierden Grand Prix** on Gogo (Qamikase des Forêts) ahead of Kars Bonhof on Casina (Calido), while the former Stephex Stables rider Eiken Sato didn’t take long to remind everyone of his caliber upon his return to Europe, completing the podium with Saphyr des Lacs (Mr Blue).