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Exclusive agent for Hickstead in North America

January 31, 2010

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead. © Ken Braddick/FEI

The connections of individual gold and team silver medal-winning jumper Hickstead have announced the appointment of an exclusive North American agent for breeding.

Francis Berger, who operates South Shore Farm outside of Montreal, Quebec, is to be Hickstead's agent. Limited doses of frozen semen are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at a cost of $US5500 per dose.

Hickstead has been approved for breeding based on performance by the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, the American Holsteiner Horse Association (AHHA), and the KWPN of North America breed associations. The Canadian Sport Horse Association recently created a new category specifically to recognize Hickstead, granting him Platinum status while its other approved stallions are rated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.

"It is an honour to represent Hickstead in North America," said Berger. "A horse of Hickstead's quality is usually only accessible to European breeders. Having him available to the North American market is a rare and special opportunity for breeders."

As well as their Olympic success, Lamaze and Hickstead 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 CSIO***** Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament, making Lamaze only the second Canadian rider in the event's history to capture the title. Most recently, in November of 2009, the pair won the €120,000 GPA Equita Masters at CSI*****-W Lyon, France, followed two weeks later with a victory in the €200,000 Global Champions Tour Final Round 1 at CSI***** Doha, Qatar.



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