HICKSTEAD the MAGNIFICENT

ERIC LAMAZE and his Beloved HICKSTEAD
Yesterday on returning from the Green Mountain Guild  RUG HOOKING meeting I got the devastating news that the worlds BEST and
MOST LOVED  HORSE HICKSTEAD the JUMPER
had collapsed and died  after finishing his round of jumps  at a Horse show in Italy with Eric Lamaze ,our Canadian Olympics  2 gold winner . . .still on his back as they left the stadium . . . .

This was a majic  pair of Horse and Man .
The Little Stallion - and CANADAS CHAMPION

For me personally , most of my rug hooking friends do not know , that before  hooking I was a horse rider  . . .  . .Eric was a  young man of 14 -16.
I took under my wing at the horse shows  my daughter competed at  around Quebec and Ontario  . . .drove him down the 401 to TORONTO many times. .
I pressed his jackets and steamed his hats and made him look super to enter the ring . . .
He was a genius rider at that age . . .I knew, as everyone else did ,that he was  Olympic  bound one day!
Then he found his true partner  the DUTCH bred Hickstead. . . .
For me to see them win the 2 GOLD medals  in 2008 was a real kleenex box afternoon of joy, just as it was yesterday in sadness  . . .

My heart goes out to you Eric and may Hickstead rip
 He was loved -the world  over .  ..


Erics words
We finished our round, I circled and was leaving the ring, and he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack”.  We had him until he was 15, and we had a great time together. He was the best horse in the world. We are all devastated.”