Eric Lamaze (CAN) rode Artisan Farms LLC’s Powerplay to victory in the €200,000 Grand Prix of La Baule on Sunday, in France.
It was an extremely emotional win for Eric, who won the CSIO5* La Baule event, the highest ranking on the international show jumping calendar, on one other occasion in his career, in 2011 with the magnificent Hickstead.

“This is the first five-star grand prix that I’ve won since Hickstead,” said Eric, who was smiling from ear to ear as tears rolled down his cheeks. “It is super exciting to win this grand prix. It’s a grand prix that I’ve won before; I know what it feels like to win in La Baule!”

“I’ve never asked Powerplay to do something like this and to go so fast,” explained Eric. “Last year was a learning year with the horse. I’ve really taken my time with him and been respectful of how careful he is. He’s not a super-fast horse, but sometimes when you get to know a horse, you know when you can take risks.

“Today, it felt like it was time to be competitive. It felt like the time was right for me to ask him to do this.”