Eric Lamaze and Houston (Photo: Starting Gate Communications)

Houston, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by KWPN ambassador, Heartbreaker, gave Canadian international Eric Lamaze his first win of the 2017 season during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. According to Lamaze, “Houston is an up and coming horse that is part of the Artisan Farms team. It’s a horse that we’ve had for about two years. He’s a horse that really came on strong towards the end of the year last year. He’s got all the talent in the world. I have been in many jump-offs with him but I never really asked for speed because I didn’t feel like the timing was right. Now I feel like his time has come. This is his time to step up.” Houston qualified for the six-year-old consolation final at the 2013 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken while under the saddle of Belgium’s Ben Schuurmans. He then competed with Frederic Vernaet (BEL) for two years, progressing through young-horse classes up to 1m40 three-star level before being acquired for Lamaze and making their debut in Wellington two years ago. - Starting Gate Communications