Lamaze and Rosana du Park in competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Ph. ©Erin Gilmore for NF
Eric Lamaze announced via his facebook page on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 that his winning mount Rosana du Park is now retired.
The 12-year-old Selle Francis mare (Kannan x Ukase) owned by Artisan Farm and Torrey Pines Stables was ridden by Lamaze through three seasons of competition.
“Rosie joined us during the 2014 season and proved to be a true winner,” Lamaze wrote. “While she won too many classes to mention them all, my most special memories are our back-to-back wins in the WEF Challenge Cup series at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida as well as scoring three victories during the 2016 Spruce Meadows Summer Series. At the top level of our sport, you need a horse that may not be in the limelight jumping all the big grand prix classes, but one that is extremely competitive in the 1.50m division and always earning world ranking points. Rosie was a specialist at what she did, and I’m lucky to have committed owners who understand the importance of having her in my string. Thank you to Andy and Carlene Ziegler for allowing me to ride this incredible horse. Special thanks also to Eduardo Felix for giving her the best care over the years.”
Lamaze and Rosana du Park’s final competition together was CHI Geneva, last December.