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.
"You know, for as long as I can remember, I've had memories." ~Colin Mochrie