Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid, owned by the Chacco Kid Group, were back in fine form on Thursday, March 18, winning the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI3*, the feature class in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
The handiwork of course designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) was on display as 66 horse-and-rider combinations attempted the test consisting of 14 jumping obstacles. Lamaze, 19th to go in the starting order, answered all the questions of the 1.45m speed track to emerge victorious aboard the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Chacco Blue x Come On, crossing the timers in a speedy 58.26 seconds to take the title.
“These types of classes are good for Chacco,” explained Lamaze. “He’s naturally fast so you don’t really feel like you’re actually pushing him to be fast. It’s just his natural way of going. He’s a very quick horse, and I like these classes to set up for the grand prix with him. It’s nice to get his lungs opened up a bit and give him a nice gallop around the ring.”
Olivia Chowdry (USA) and Chuck Berry 8, owned by Atlas Equine Holdings, LLC, finished just off the mark for a second-place finish. The 29-year-old rider piloted the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Chacco Blue x Watzmann to a quick clear round in 58.84 seconds. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and the Starlight Farms 1, LLC entry Cadans Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide mare by Carosso VDL x Navarone, rounded out the podium in third, stopping the clock at 59.53 seconds.