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Eric Lamaze in Canada for Royal Show

November 9, 2011

Just days after losing his Olympic champion Hickstead, showjumper Eric Lamaze is back in Canada for this week's Royal Horse Show.

Eric Lamaze after winning gold at the 2008 Olympics on Hickstead. © Cealy Tetley
Hickstead collapsed and died after his round in the World Cup class at Verona in Italy on Sunday.

Fans of Hickstead will also be able to leave tributes in books of condolence which are being set up in show's venue, the Ricoh Coliseum's Heritage Court in Toronto. Messages can also be left on the show's Facebook page.

"Like the rest of the equine world, The Royal was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Hickstead," said Fair President John Dunlap.

"We hope that Eric finds some comfort in being back on his home soil with his Canadian fans cheering him on."

Equestrian fans wishing to show their support for Lamaze will have a chance to see him compete during the evening of Tuesday, November 8; Wednesday, November 9 and Saturday, November 12.

Top riders from three continents and six countries are competing for more than $365,000 in prize money and the prestigious Leading Horse and Rider titles.

Canadian Olympians Ian Millar, Jill Henselwood and Beth Underhill, as well as McLain Ward from the US and Britain's Nick Skelton are just a few of the 21 elite competitors who will be setting the standard in the Horse Show this year.

The International riders will have the opportunity to compete nine times up to Saturday night, in matinee and evening competitions including the $31,000 Jolera Open Welcome, the $100,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and the sold-out $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.

All of the weekday matinee performances are free with general admission to the fair. Thursday's evening performance offers an exciting double-bill featuring International show jumping as well as the $40,000 CDI 3*** FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition, where Ashley Holzer will appear to defend her 2009 and 2010 titles.



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