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Hickstead approved for Holsteiner, KWPN

February 12, 2009

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead. © Ken Braddick/FEI

Olympic gold medal winning showjumper Hickstead has been approved for breeding by the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA), the American Holsteiner Horse Association (AHHA), and the KWPN of North America breed associations.

Ridden by Canada's Eric Lamaze, the Olympic individual gold and team silver medalist was approved for the three associations on the strength of his recent performances, including his win in the 2007 $1 million CN International at Spruce Meadows, and team silver and individual bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games. Hickstead also won the $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix in Toronto in November, and the €175,000 Rolex World Cup Grand Prix in Geneva in December.

"The CWHBA always puts performance first," said Chris Gould, Chairman of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association. "We are pleased to have Hickstead in our stallion book. We hope he will become a super-star sire, passing on his super-star performance."

Hickstead is a 1996 brown Dutch Warmblood stallion standing 16 hands. Sired by Hamlet, his dam is Jomara by the well-known and recently deceased stallion, Ekstein. Hickstead's bloodlines also feature such prominent show-jumping names as Nimmerdor, 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). He was also named 'Stallion of the Year' for 2008 by the KWPN.

Hickstead will be available in North America for the 2009 season by frozen semen only, on a first-come, first-serve basis at a cost of $US5500 per dose.



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