One week following his stunning win in the €200,000 Grand Prix of La Baule (FR), Eric Lamaze (CAN) made it two in a row by claiming the €200,000 Grand Prix of Rome (ITA) on Sunday, May 25.

When Lamaze won the Grand Prix of La Baule, on May 18 riding Powerplay, it marked his first five-star victory since his partnership with Hickstead. Now, he has done it again, claiming the Grand Prix of Rome one week later with Zigali P S.
In an incredible twist of fate, Lamaze also won the Grand Prix of La Baule and the Grand Prix of Rome back-to-back in 2011 with Hickstead, just months before the great stallion’s tragic death.

“After La Baule, everyone was saying that Zigali would win in Rome but I didn’t think it was possible; it’s so hard to win these grand prix events, especially with two different horses,” said Eric. “Winning in La Baule gave me a lot of confidence coming into this week but, when you’re on another horse, it’s quite different.”

Lamaze and Zigali P S had opened the four-day show jumping tournament in Rome with a win in the €24,000 1.50m Premio 3.

“Zigali won the first day, and then he wins again today,” said Eric. “It’s incredible! The first class he wins from 64 starters, and then he wins this one, too! For Zigali to come to Rome, a five-star event, and to compete in two classes and to win both, and for me to win my first five-star grand prix with him, is unbelievable!”