Canadian Rider Eric Lamaze Secures First Position In The Rolex Rider Rankings

Eric Lamaze

According to the latest Rolex Rider Rankings that were released by the FEI recently, the Canadian rider and Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze is back on the top spot with a total of 3658 points in his kitty. Eric Lamaze dethroned the French champion Kevin Staut who was holding the number one spot since August last year. He slipped down to the second position with a total of 3457 points. On the third position stands Irishman Billy Twomey with 3245 points. The Rolex Rider Rankings are very accurate as they are compiled on a monthly basis. All points that were earned in FEI-sanctioned competition in last 12 months are taken into consideration. Eric Lamaze stated that the last month really helped him in acquiring his new found status of the top rider, however he went on to say that a consistent performance is also very important. Lamaze has been very consistent and has remained in the top four of the Rolex Rider Rankings since he won a gold in 2008 Olympics.

He also stated that along with a consistent performance a great horse will just add to one’s chances of being the number one. Last month can be called very eventful in Eric Lamaze’s riding career. The first day of the month saw him securing a second place in the Rolex World Cup Final. On the 15th of May, he rode on his 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, Hickstead and captured the €200,000 Longines Grand Prix of La Baule that was scheduled in France. This victory was followed by €200,000 Loro Piana Grand Prix of Rome that took place on the 29th of May in Italy. Incredibly,

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Lamaze celebrated four big wins in the month of May with his nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Coriana van Klapscheut, who is owned by Artisan Farms. The pair has enjoyed 2 victories in Valencia, Spain, one in Rome and one in La Baule. The 43 year old rider stated that he had decided to take his career in his own hands and decided to get the horses to compete in European championships.

He revealed that he had started competing in the smaller shows that took place in Europe and slowly made his way and made a place for himself in the world rankings. Eventually he landed in the 30th spot in the world rankings, which was a great deal for him. After that he was invited to some of the most coveted shows where he performed consistently. He also thanked the owners of Ashland Stables and Artisan Farms for their support and thanked his team. This is the third time that Eric Lamaze has bagged the number one spot in the Rolex rankings. He is also the first Canadian to hold the first position in the world rankings and claiming an individual Gold along with a Team Silver at the Beijing Olympic Games. He will be competing in the CSI5* Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament which will commence on the 8th of June as his fans hope and pray that he continues the winning streak.

Posted by Vanessa Puzio on June 9th, 2011 and filed under Rolex Culture, Rolex Events | No Comments »

Top Rolex Women Golfers To Play For The 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open

Michelle Wie

CN and Golf Canada were happy to announce that five of the top ten players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will participate in the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open. Ranked no. 10 in the World Women Rolex Rankings, Michelle Wie is leading the way among the participants. World no.2 in Women Rolex Rankings, Suzann Pettersen will follow Michelle Wie along with world no. 4 Christie Kerr. This past weekend, Suzann Pettersen defeated Christie Kerr in the finals of the Sybase Match Play Championship to move from No. 3 to No. 2 on the LPGA Tour’s Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

The 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open will have a purse of $2.25 million. It will be held at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club from August 22nd to August 28th, 2011. Michelle Wie has already won two championships in the LPGA tour. She also managed to make it to the top ten for as many as eight times in the year 2010. This also included her victory at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg.

Suzann Pettersen is a seven-time winner in the LPGA tour which also includes the 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open. On the other hand, the 2006 CN Canadian Women’s Open was among the 14 wins in the LPGA tour won by Christie Kerr.

The world no.1 in the World Women Rolex Ranking Yani Tseng will also join Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen and Christie Kerr in the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open. Yani Tseng is a six time winner in the LPGA tour and a three-time major winner. Yani Tseng is also the winner of the 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award and the 2010 Rolex Player of the Year Award. She was the winner of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event to earn an exemption into the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open. She finished sixth in the championship.

Suzann Pettersen A field of 156 competitors will battle it out for the $2.25 million CN Canadian Women’s open, 2011. The deadline for players to confirm their intention to compete at the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open in Mirabel, Que. is Tuesday, August 16.

Apart from Michelle Wie, Christie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng, Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp, Samantha Richdale, Lisa Meldrum and LPGA rookie Stephanie Sherlock will compete for the $2.25 million purse. LPGA rookie Stephanie Sherlock will look forward to becoming the first Canadian to win an LPGA Tour event on home soil since Jocelyne Bourassa who achieved the feat in 1973.

The Tournament Director of CN Canadian Women’s Open, Sean Van Kesteren said that his team was very excited and elated about the fact that the opening season will see world’s top women Rolex players competing with each other in the tournament.

Posted by Vanessa Puzio on May 27th, 2011 and filed under Rolex Culture, Rolex Events | No Comments »

Second Place Finisher At The Rolex FEI World Cup Final, Eric Lamaze On A Roll

Caitlin Ziegler

Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze, who recently finished on the second spot in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final along with Coriana van Klapscheut secured their third win within a week after they took out the €23,000 Prix Groupe Lucien Barriere in France. The pair has enjoyed two wins in the previous week when they competed at CSI5* Valencia, Spain. On the 7th of May, Eric Lamaze along with his nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mount (Darco x Heartbreaker) was victorious in the €23,000 Trofeo Iberia. After that they went back to the City of Arts and Sciences on the 8th of May, and won the €23,000 Trofeo Repsol. The streak continued as just after a week Eric Lamaze along with Coriana secured a spot in the winner’s circle after their triumph in the€23,000 Prix Groupe Lucien Barriere.  The duo has been able to post the quickest timing in the speed competition with just 41.70 seconds. They held back French favorite Roger Yves Bost who carefully guided Nikyta d’Elle to the finish in 41.79 seconds. Eric Lamaze praised his horse Coriana who he has been riding for Artisan Farms since the year 2009. He feels that Coriana can be used very well in the speed classes as well as the grand prix classes. She has already been victorious twice in Valencia and has continued her impressive performance.

In the €200,000 Longines Grand Prix that will take place on Sunday, Eric Lamaze will be riding Hickstead who has been his Individual Gold Medal partner in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Earlier last week, the duo was placed on the fourth position in the €23,000 1.50m Prix de Conseil General de Loire Atlantique. As of now Eric Lamaze is quite happy with his journey between the Rolex FEI World Cup Final and La Baule. Also enjoying success is Caitlin Ziegler who is Eric Lamaze’s student.

Eric Lamaze

The 16 year old rider from America is competing in the European continent for the first time in her career and has enjoyed quite impressive results.  The European Youngster Cup which is bestowed upon the riders who are aged 25 and below was held in concurrence with the 2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Final. Caitlin Ziegler was placed on the third position overall which made her the top North American finisher.

Caitlin Ziegler was also placed on the second spot in the Trofeo Valencia. She jumped at a height of about 1.40m with her new mount, Butragenia, and was placed on the third place in the Grand Premio de Valencia Trofeo Nespresso with her horse Herald 3. As she arrived in France, Caitlin Ziegler enjoyed a win on the very first day of competition at La Baule and won the CSI2* Prix Casino Lucien Barriere with Butragenia who is a 10 year old Belgian Warmblood mare. Caitlin Ziegler stated that her experience in Europe was incredible as she was thrilled to have her first European victory under her belt.

Posted by Vanessa Puzio on May 21st, 2011 and filed under Rolex Culture, Rolex Events | No Comments »

The Rolex Number 121 Alena Sharp To Support Team Golf For The Cure

Alena Sharp

Golf Canada recently announced 2011 Team Ambassadors for ‘Team Golf for the Cure’ which will be presented by Subaru. Famous names like Celine Dion, Trish Stratus, and LPGA players like Rolex number 121 Alena Sharp along with Stephanie Sherlock will be showing their support for the program. Jeff Thompson, who is Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Development Officer, stated that they were honored to have these talented women show support to their program and serve as the ambassadors. According to him, the kind of celebrities who endorse a program speaks volumes about the program itself. Having high profile names like Celine Dion, Trish Stratus from the field of entertainment and sport as a part of this initiative will surely promote the event in a positive way. Golf for the Cure, conducted by Golf Canada and presented by Subaru is one of the largest recreational golf participation programs dedicated to women in Canada.

The program was incepted in 2004, since then the program has grown tremendously and so has the participation of women who want to enjoy golf for fun and support a noble cause as well. The program has given women all across Canada a chance to be a part of Canadian Cancer Society (and Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation) and raise money for the foundation. Celine Dion, who is a native of Charlemagne and a multi-platinum recording singer expressed her honor to be the ambassador of Team Golf for the Cure. She also said that it would be a privilege to raise money for such a noble foundation that helps women suffering from breast cancer. She spoke about her interest in golf saying that she loves the game and playing it for a cause makes it more special.

Stephanie Sherlock

Trish Stratus, who is a fitness expert and a promoter of good health, stated that she was more than happy to support this cause. She said that supporting this foundation might encourage other Canadian women to engage in healthy physical activities and exercises. According to her playing golf is one of the best forms of exercise, mental as well as physical.

LPGA Tour members Stephanie Sherlock and Alena Sharp stated that supporting the cause was a very easy choice to make. Alena Sharp who recently climbed up in the Rolex rankings stated that Golf for the Cure not only introduces women to golf but raises the awareness against breast cancer as well. For her it’s an honor to be a part of this endeavor. Stephanie Sherlock stated that being a former member of Team Canada and a professional now she knows about the commitment that Golf Canada has shown for this program and the cause. The 2011 Golf for the Cure National Event will take place at Thornhill Golf & Country Club on the 12th of September as the famous names come together and support the cause.

Posted by Vanessa Puzio on May 10th, 2011 and filed under Rolex Culture, Rolex Events | No Comments »