Nov 06

Eric Lamaze: Partnered Hickstead


Showjumping’s reigning Olympic champion horse Hickstead has died at a World Cup event in Verona, Italy.

Hickstead, the mount of Canadian star Eric Lamaze, had just completed its round when it collapsed.

The 15-year-old stallion was one of showjumping’s most successful horses, taking Olympic gold with Lamaze in Hong Kong three years ago, and winning countless grands prix and Nations Cup events worldwide.

As a mark of respect, riders and organisers decided not to continue with the competition, which was the fourth of this season’s World Cup series qualifiers.

A statement released by show organisers read: “As he was leaving the arena after his successful jumping round, Hickstead, the horse ridden by Canadian Eric Lamaze, suddenly collapsed.

“The veterinary services were immediately in attendance, but unfortunately the horse was already dead. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled in the coming days.

“The organising committee were fully supportive of the request of the riders not to continue the competition and would like to express their affection and love towards one of the greatest horses in the history of the sport and his rider Eric Lamaze.”

Former British number one Ben Maher, who was among the competitors in Verona, said on Facebook: “The loss of Hickstead has saddened all of us here.

“As a mark of respect to Hickstead and Eric, the riders and organisers decided not to proceed with the show and held a minute’s silence.

“Hickstead was truly one of the greatest showjumpers of all time.”

written by nikki phelan