Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze has two new showjumpers in the mares Rosana du Park and Big Smile, who arrived in Florida from Europe on Tuesday.
Rosana du Park, a 2005 bay selle francais mare (Kannan x Quinine de Livoye) and Big Smile, a 2006 grey Westphalian mare (Cartano x Hors de la Loi II) have been acquired by Artisan Farms for Lamaze. Both horses have successfully competed in FEI-sanctioned young horse competitions in Europe. Both were bought from Gilbert De Roock of Belgium.
“Both are my type of horse, very careful with lots of blood,” said Lamaze of the two new horses who will join Coriana van Klapscheut in competing with him for Artisan Farms.
“They really felt special to me when I tried them, and show a lot of quality, talent and potential. I am excited to start working with them.”
Lamaze, who took a short break following the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows “Masters” tournament in September, will return to competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival running January 9 through March 31 in Wellington, Florida.
“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to rebuild a great string of horses for the future, made possible thanks to the support of Artisan Farms and the Ziegler family,” Lamaze said.
“As planned, we are taking our time to acquire some good young prospects and rebuild a strong string of top horses that we hope will be future stars of the sport. I can’t think of a better beginning than the additions of Rosana du Park and Big Smile.”
Based in Vrasene, Belgium, and Wellington, Florida, Artisan Farms supports Olympian Tiffany Foster as well as Lamaze. Andy Ziegler, who owns Artisan Farms with his wife, Carlene, also competes, as does their daughter, Caitlin, 17. Artisan Farms is the presenting sponsor of the Young Riders Grand Prix Series, now in its third year, at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.