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Olympic star Hickstead for stud in North America

January 13, 2009

Hickstead and Eric Lamaze. © Cealy Tetley

Eric Lamaze's Olympic individual gold and team silver medal winning mount Hickstead is to be offered for breeding for the first time in North America.

The 1996 brown Dutch Warmblood stallion has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. In addition to winning Individual Gold and Team Silver medals in dramatic fashion at the Olympic Games, the pair also won Team Silver and Individual Bronze medals at the 2007 Pan American Games.

They claimed the richest annual event in show jumping, the $1 million CN International, at the 2007 Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament, making Lamaze only the second Canadian rider in the event's history to capture the title.

Hickstead is 16hh and is by the Nimmerdor stallion Hamlet, and out of Jomara, who is by the recently deceased Ekstein. Hickstead's bloodlines also feature such prominent show jumping names as Notaris, Ulft, Le Mexico and Joost. Based on his performance record, Hickstead is currently ranked the number one show jumping horse in the world by the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH).

"Anyone who has ever watched Hickstead compete recognizes what a special horse he is," said Lamaze.

"With his success at the Olympics, there was great demand for Hickstead as a breeding stallion.

The North American agent for services is Francis Berger, of South Shore Farm outside of Montreal, Quebec. Due to Hickstead's competitive schedule, limited doses of frozen semen are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at a cost of $US5500 per dose.



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