CALGARY - Olympic champion Eric Lamaze rode Wang Chung M2S to victory in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup equestrian event at the Spruce Meadows national tournament Sunday.
Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S rode second-last in the starting order knowing they had to beat the time of 85.33 seconds set by American Reed Kessler. Lamaze and his a 10-year-old Irish-bred Dutch stallion posted a time of 84.73 seconds that the final rider, American Brianne Goutal, couldn't beat.
"We're out at Spruce Meadows with some young horses and new horses; this horse is the only one left of my old string so I know him better than the others," said Lamaze. "This competition really suited him well and I am very happy with the outcome."
Lamaze, 45, of Schomberg, Ont., claimed $13,200 for the win Sunday. He's the all-time leading money winner at Spruce Meadows with earnings surpassing $3.7 million.
"I use (Wang Chung M2S) quite a bit in the speed competitions so I know him quite well," said Lamaze. "He's very dependable in the short turns and he has a huge gallop so, on this field, it was advantage."
Lamaze won the individual show-jumping gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games aboard Hickstead, with the two also helping Canada claim the silver medal in the team event.