Eric Lamaze and Hickstead Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Lamaze also receives Order of Sport
By Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Olympic show jumping champions Eric Lamaze and Hickstead were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony held on October 3, 2021.
Inducted in the Team category, Lamaze and Hickstead are widely considered to be the best competitors of their era. Among their many feats were claiming the Olympic Championship title at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and leading Canada to the team silver medal.
Lamaze and Hickstead also earned an individual bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, where Hickstead was awarded the title of “Best Horse.” They won team silver and individual bronze medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as several major grand prix show jumping titles including Calgary, Canada (2007 and 2011); Geneva, Switzerland (2008); Aachen, Germany (2010); La Baule, France (2011); and Rome, Italy (2011).
Eric Lamaze and Hickstead at Spruce Meadows, Calgary in 2010. Photo: Robin Duncan Photography
“I believe this is the greatest honour you can receive from your country,” said Lamaze, 53. “Hickstead was incredible, simply one-of-a-kind. Together, we were proud to represent Canada on the world stage. It is well deserved on his part; I just went along for the ride.”
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, traditionally held each October in Toronto, ON, was held virtually for the first time. Hosted by Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, the ceremony also featured a musical performance by Jim Cuddy, best known for his work with Blue Rodeo.
In addition to being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2020/21, Lamaze received the Order of Sport, Canada’s highest sporting honour. The Order of Sport was presented to Lamaze while he was competing at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB, in September. It was a fitting venue for the presentation, given that a life-size bronze statue of Hickstead overlooks the Spruce Meadows Plaza.
Hickstead (Hamlet – Jomara x Ekstein) was bred in The Netherlands by Jan van Schijndel and born on March 2, 1996. Lamaze purchased the Dutch Warmblood stallion in 2004 through Stephex Stables in Belgium and owned him in partnership with John Fleischhacker’s Ashland Stables of the United States. Prior to his tragic death during competition in Italy in 2011, Hickstead had earned more than $3 million in prize money during his career with Lamaze.
Lamaze has competed in three consecutive Olympic Games: 2008 Beijing, China; 2012 London, England; and 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to the individual gold and team silver medals won with Hickstead in Beijing, Lamaze won an individual bronze medal partnered with Fine Lady 5 at the 2016 Olympic Games. He owns and operates Torrey Pines Stable, a show jumping training and sales business with bases in Wellington, Florida and Brussels, Belgium where he trains many students from various nationalities at the elite level. For more information, visit ericlamaze.com.
Main Photo: 2008 Beijing Olympic show jumping champions Eric Lamaze and Hickstead were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on October 3, 2021. Credit: www.ClixPhoto.com.