By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Peter Llewellyn
Beijing 2008 Olympic showjumping champions Eric Lamaze and Hickstead were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony held Sunday evening, October 3, 2021. Lamaze and Hickstead also won individual bronze at the 2010 World Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, where Hickstead was awarded the ‘best horse’ title.
Inducted in the ‘Team’ category, Eric Lamaze and Hickstead (1996/KWPN Hamlet - Jomara x Ekstein) are widely considered to be the best competitors of their era. Among their many feats was claiming individual gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Hong Kong, and leading Canada to the team silver medal.
In addition to winning individual bronze at the 2012 WEG in Lexington, KY, where Hickstead was also awarded as the best horse, the pair won team silver and individual bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Major Grand Prix showjumping titles include Spruce Meadows, Calgary (2007 and 2011), Geneva, Switzerland (2008), Aachen, Germany (2010, La Baule, France (2011), and Rome, Italy (2011).
“I believe this is the greatest honour you can receive from your country,” said Lamaze, 53. “Hickstead was incredible, simply one of a kind. Together, we were proud to represent Canada on the world stage. It is well deserved on his part; I just went along for the ride.”.. <span style="color: #008000;">To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber</span>
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