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World Cup grand prix renamed in Hickstead's honour

November 14, 2011

A high-level competition in Canada has been renamed in honour of the late Olympic champion showjumping horse Hickstead.

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead. © Spruce Meadows
On Friday the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair announced that following confirmation from the FEI, its World Cup Grand Prix would be named the FEI Hickstead World Cup Grand Prix from 2012.

The mount of Canada's Eric Lamaze, Hickstead died last Sunday after suffering a ruptured aorta at a competition in Verona, Italy. "This was the easiest decision we have made," said John Dunlap, President of the Royal. "We would like to thank the FEI, the Fleishhacker family and of course Eric, for their agreement and support."

Lamaze also expressed his sincere gratitude, and particularly thanked his Canadian fans for their support at this difficult time.

"I am honoured that the Royal would name the World Cup Grand Prix after Hickstead," Lamaze said.

"When we won the gold and silver medals at the Beijing Olympics, we came to Toronto to celebrate with the Canadian fans and Hickstead won the World Cup. To name it after him is a fitting tribute and a great way for people to always remember him.

"I would also like to thank everyone at the Royal and all of the fans for their warm welcome this week. It really meant a lot to have their support," he said.

Yann Candele, who won the Leading Canadian Rider title at the show, and was also crowned Canadian Show Jumping Champion, made a point of mentioning what the loss of Hickstead meant to not only friends of Lamaze, but the entire equestrian community.

"It was a sad, sad week, with Hickstead, who was in my opinion one of the best of all time. Everyone is touched when you lose a horse of such calibre.

"To name one of the most prestigious Grand Prix here under his name is the right thing to do, and I think everyone will take great pride in that and try to win it in years to come," Candele said.



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