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post #61 of 90 Old 11-07-2011, 06:10 PM
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What gets me is that Hickstead seems to make a gallant effort to go down as gently as possible, keeping his rider - and friend - from harm. What a soul this horse must have had to behave like he did... and what a passion that horse must have had for jumping. It is a rare thing to find a horse so passionate, and Hickstead is a gem that is sure to be missed. RIP

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post #62 of 90 Old 11-07-2011, 11:07 PM
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This is so sad. I feel awful for Eric, that was probably his best buddy. They were an incredible team. I am sure that Hickstead is running in horse heaven with the likes of Secretariat and Man O' War now.

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post #63 of 90 Old 11-07-2011, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
Thank you velvet!!

Thanks... This is how I want to remember him.

From one rider to another, my heart aches for Eric and all who were involved w/Hickstead. He was a once in a life time horse.

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post #64 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 01:35 AM
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From Eric's FB page...

…ric Lamaze
We finished our round, I circled and was leaving the ring, and he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack”. “It is the most tragic thing that has ever happened. 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.”
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post #65 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 04:45 AM
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Didn't have time to reach each reply, so bare with me if I repeat something.

My thoughts are with Eric and those who worked closest with Hickstead, today while my horse was getting his teeth done - I was talking to my vet about this and she shared many ideas with me.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to loose a horse which you have put so much time, compassion and pure love into. Let alone see it happen before your own eyes. Hickstead and Eric were an incredible team together, at least he died doing what he loved most and with the person who loved him most.


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post #66 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 05:02 AM
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Very sad, what a tragedy.

He'll always be remembered for his greatness

RIP Hickstead
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post #67 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 07:20 AM
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What a truely amazing horse...Poor Lamaze. Would have been so horrific to lose his partner!
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post #68 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 06:01 PM
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According to this article, Eric is slated to speak Wednesday morning.

Horse the Gretzky of Jumpers, Lamaze teammate says -
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post #69 of 90 Old 11-08-2011, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Annnie31 View Post
CEF has just said that Eric will be showing at the Royal Winter Fair (he is on his way there now)and that he is understandably devastated but felt he needed to continue on.
They are having a Tribute to Hickstead at the Royal. So sad for everyone
I read that too. I'm not sure if it was Hicksteads owners or someone else, I don't remember.

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post #70 of 90 Old 11-09-2011, 01:38 AM
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I was fortunate enough to watch Eric and Hickstead compete together at Spruce Meadows the first time they won the CN International and when they came back to Spruce after the Olympics.

One thing that amazed me the most, is that after their round Eric could just drop the reins and would always give Hickstead a pat. It was amazing to see that he could trust this horse, who just a few seconds ago was speeding around the course, so much that he didn't have to hold on at all.

My heart goes out to all of the people involved with that amazing horse.

RIP Hickstead.
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