Ottawa, ON— Equine Canada and the Canadian Equestrian Team extend our heartfelt condolences to Eric Lamaze and Torrey Pines Stables, the Fleischhacker family and Ashland Stables, and long-time groom, Delphine Roustan, on the sudden passing away of their stallion Hickstead.
“Hickstead and Eric have been one of equestrianism’s most legendary partnerships,” said Akaash Maharaj, CEO of Equine Canada and the Canadian Equestrian Team. “Our team, our sport and our country grieve with Eric, Delphine and the Fleischhacker family on the passing of one of Canada’s greatest equine heroes.”
Together, Hickstead and Lamaze brought Canada gold and silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, won a vast array of titles and championships and topped the global rankings.
Hickstead passed away shortly after completing the course at the Rolex FEI World Cup in Verona, Italy. Out of respect for Hickstead, riders from across the world entered the ring dismounted and immediately cancelled the class.
“We will always be grateful for the time and triumphs we all shared with Hickstead,” said Maharaj. “We know that generations of future equestrians will draw inspiration from his life.”
Photo: Hickstead and Eric Lamaze. Credit Cealy Tetly.