Eric Lamaze Honours Olympic Champion, Hickstead

first_img“I am here for the Canadian public and I am here to honour Hickstead; that’s why I came,” explained Lamaze of his decision to maintain his schedule and compete at the Royal Horse Show.  “Hickstead was a special horse that was exciting to watch, and he loved a loud crowd.  Being such an international horse, Hickstead didn’t get a lot of time to come to Canada.  The people who are going to come to the Royal will get a last chance to remember him.  If I would have stayed back in Europe and not come here because I wasn’t feeling great about riding, I don’t think he would have gotten the recognition that he has received already and is about to get.  I am here to remember Hickstead.” “As he finished the round, he just collapsed and sort of fell beside me,” recalled Lamaze, who owned Hickstead in partnership with John Fleischhacker’s Ashland Stables.  “It is hard for me to remember second by second, but I believe he collapsed in a way that he made sure he did not injure me in the process.  The staff in charge there were very quick to respond and made sure he was attended to to best of their ability.” SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. “It was a horse that was competing on an international circuit at a very high level, and another Olympics was not out of range for him,” said Lamaze, 43.  “I would not have taken him if he wasn’t in the best of shape.  For sure he had one full year in front of him, and then as a breeding stallion after that.  It is a horse that you would have loved to retire, and give him a retirement ceremony like he deserved.  But it was not meant to be.” Under Lamaze, Hickstead’s accomplishments in the sport of show jumping were incomparable.  The pair’s last major victory came on September 11 in front of 89,632 show jumping fans when they won the $1 million CN International for the second time in their career at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament in Calgary, AB.  Lamaze and Hickstead competed in the $1 million CN International for the past five consecutive years, always finishing in the top five. Bred by Jan van Schijndel, Hickstead (Hamlet – Jomara x Ekstein) was born March 2, 1996, in The Netherlands.  Lamaze had ridden Hickstead, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by John Fleischhacker’s Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable, since purchasing him in 2004 at the age of seven.  Hickstead earned over $3.7 million in prize money during his career and was widely acknowledged as the best show jumping horse of his era. Lamaze concluded with great emotion, “This is probably the hardest thing for me to say, but I really want to thank everyone who participated in Hickstead’s career.  All the staff that took care of him, all the riders that rode him over the years, all the veterinarians that took care of him, all the people that were involved in shipping him around the world, all the blacksmiths – anyone who had anything to do with Hickstead.  They all made a big difference.  I want to thank them very much.” Tags: Eric Lamaze, Hickstead, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Lamaze and Hickstead competed in the World Cup Grand Prix in Verona, Italy, on Sunday, November 6.  Upon completion of their round, the pair were walking out of the arena when Hickstead collapsed and died.  A necropsy, performed before his remains were cremated, confirmed his cause of death as an acute aortic rupture causing heart failure.  Hickstead was 15 years old.center_img In addition to winning Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lamaze and Hickstead earned Individual Bronze at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and Team Silver and Individual Bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games.  They won several major grand prix titles in the sport of show jumping, including Calgary (2007 and 2011), Geneva (2008), Aachen (2010), La Baule (2011), and Rome (2011). Of the impact Hickstead had on his life, Lamaze noted, “What these horses do for us is incredible.  They become part of our family.  They really change our lives.  It is a sport we choose because we love it and it is sport we choose because we also love the animal.  It is not like breaking a hockey stick or breaking a tennis racket.  We become very close to these animals and we have great respect for what they do for us.  We are in the limelight with them.  A horse like Hickstead changed my career.  For me, it meant everything.” Lamaze continued, “He was in great shape; he had a veterinarian that looked at him two or three times a week.  As you can imagine, he had the best care in the world.  He was in very good health.  It is a horse that we protected; if he wasn’t in great shape, we really backed down and gave him the proper rest.  It is a fluke thing that can happen to any human or horse.” Number one ranked show jumping rider in the world Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, held a press conference on Wednesday, November 9, in Toronto, ON, to discuss the death of his Olympic gold medal partner, Hickstead. Email* Horse Sport Enews “There have been a lot of great horses, but I think any rider in Europe or North America will concede that he was the best horse in the world.  There maybe won’t be another one like him,” said Lamaze.  “I hope all riders get a chance to experience what I experienced on such a horse.  It changes your life and your career.  All the riders around the world have been so supportive.  I have received so many e-mails.  I think everybody loved that horse.” Lamaze, who is based in Brussels, Belgium, made the difficult decision to compete as planned at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, in Toronto, ON, in tribute to Hickstead.  On Tuesday evening, November 9, he rode in the international show jumping competition with Herald 3, a horse owned by Carlene and Andy Ziegler of Artisan Farms.  Upon entering the Ricoh Coliseum for the first time, Lamaze received a heartfelt standing ovation. “I think there were moments that he was unbeatable,” said Lamaze.  “In Calgary this year, he was unbeatable.  The Olympics in Beijing, he was unbeatable.  In Aachen, Germany, he was unbeatable.  There were times when he was just that good.”last_img read more

Montpelier Development Corp hires Gebhart as executive director

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On April 20, 2018, the Montpelier Development Corporation announced the hiring of Laura Gebhart as the Corporation’s Executive Director. Gebhart will be re-locating to Montpelier from Lancaster County, PA, where she has been serving as an Economic Development Manager. Gebhart will start work in Montpelier on May 7th. “Laura Gebhart is a talented and charismatic person with educational and professional experience in the field of economic development,” said Board Chair Michael Nobles. “The other board members and I are excited to work with Gebhart to help implement Montpelier’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, focusing on the growth and sustainability of Montpelier.” The MDC is an independent non-profit corporation that serves as steward of the Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City of Montpelier. The Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) was created for the City with a goal of positioning Montpelier as a superior quality location for development so that it can increase economic activity and private-sector jobs in the City. To implement the EDSP, the Montpelier Development Corporation was created by act of the Montpelier City Council and the Board of Montpelier Alive (Montpelier’s downtown community association). The MDC’s mission is to build upon the capitol city’s existing strengths as well as identify and facilitate new opportunities in business and housing development. Reporting to the Board of Directors of the MDC, the MDC Executive Director will work closely with local government, area businesses, and organizations to assist entrepreneurs and already-existing entities to establish, relocate, or expand commercial, industrial, and residential developments within the City of Montpelier. In addition to Michael Nobles, who serves as Chair of the board, the other board members for the Corporation are Sarah Jarvis (Vice Chair), Cheryl LaFrance (Secretary), Steve Ribolini (Treasurer), Elinor Bacon, Tim Heney, Harrison Kahn, Bill Kaplan, and Robert Kasow. More information about the MDC is available at: is external)Source: MONTPELIER, VT. On April 20, 2018, Montpelier Development Corporationlast_img read more