“Every sport in the world is about confidence,” said world number four Eric Lamaze (CAN).
“Any win at a five-star competition with these types of jumps does tremendous things for your confidence.”
After his rash of victories during the Spruce Meadows Summer Series in Calgary, AB, it’s safe to say the three-time Olympic medalist is riding high on self assurance.
Lamaze won a total of six five-star classes with four different horses in the past five weeks.
His winning streak started with the back-to-back-back wins in the Continental CSI5* tournament, June 13–17. The top-ranked Canadian won the Scotiabank Cup 1.55m with Chacco Kid on Thursday, the Canadian Utilities Cup 1.50m with Saura de Fondcombe on Friday and the Continental Grand Prix 1.60m aboard Fine Lady 5 on Saturday.
Two weeks later, he posted three more.
The North American CSI5* tournament saw Lamaze win two classes in one day—the ATCO Cup 1.45m with Chesney and the Progress Energy Cup 1.55m aboard Fine Lady 5 on Thursday July 5.
On Saturday, he closed the week with a victory in the final Grand Prix of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series—$500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup—posting the only double clear of the day over Santiago Varela (SPA) course, no less.
Said Spruce Meadows’ leading all-time money earner: “It’s a long, gruelling four weeks of competition but every win at Spruce Meadows in the International Ring is special to me.”
Lamaze is now headed to Europe with his Rio Olympics bronze-medal winning partner, where they’ll attempt to keep the streak alive.
“My next show with Fine Lady is Aachen (Germany),” he said, “and I’ll be able to walk in there carrying this confidence.”