Crimson--Hickstead and Mr. Lamaze were on their way out of the ring, thankfully, when it happened....so it actually wasn't DURING the class.
I consider it that Hickstead passed after finishing something that he loved to do, not because of it. It also wouldn't surprise me that he held on until he was walking out of the ring either, so he could finish the job he loved.
An official statement was released, and they are saying that there will be an autopsy performed.
I am hoping that Hicksteads body will be allowed to be shipped back home, so that he can be buried here...be it on home soil in Canada, or at a memorial spot of choice (KY Horse Park?).
Also, the rest of the class declined to continue with the regularly scheduled program, and supposedly all stood in the arena for a moment of silence.
I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Lamaze dropped out of his events that he was supposed to be in, at the Royal Winter Fair.
My condolences go out to Eric, the Torrey Pines family, and to Team Canada.
(I watched the video on another forum, and although heart breaking, found it educational. As another person in that particular thread said, it looked like in the video that Hickstead took one last look at Eric before he laid his head down, and I would have to agree with that person.
Although sad to watch, we cannot censor everything, and hopefully those who viewed the video learned what a heart attack can look like. Not to mention, the video did come with a warning that it was disturbing.)