The Royal Welcomes Eric Lamaze 'Home'

Top International Riders, Including Eric Lamaze, to Compete at The Royal

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Despite the unexpected loss of his incredible mount Hickstead, International show jumper and current Olympic gold medal winner Eric Lamaze will be competing at The Royal this week. Equestrian fans wishing to show their support for Eric Lamaze will have a chance to see the great rider compete during the evening Royal Horse Shows on Wednesday, November 9th and Saturday, November 12th.

The International Jumper division includes competitions such as last night's Jolera Open Welcome, Wednesday's FEI World CupTM Grand Prix and Saturday night's Ricoh Big Ben Challenge and will host some of the world's top riders in the sport from Canada, the United States and overseas. Canadian Olympians Ian Millar, Jill Henselwood and Beth Underhill, as well as America's McLain Ward and Britain's Nick Skelton are just a few of the elite competitors who will be vying for over $780,000 in prize money at the Horse Show this year.

Condolence books have been set up for Royal patrons to honour and remember Hickstead in The Ricoh Coliseum's Heritage Court.

"Like the rest of the equine world, The Royal was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Hickstead," said John Dunlap, President, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. "We hope that Eric finds some comfort in being back on his home soil with his Canadian fans cheering him on."

Running until Sunday, November 13th at Exhibition Place in Toronto, The Royal is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian event. For more information on The Royal Horse Show visit www.royalfair.org.

ANY MEDIA WISHING TO COVER THE HORSE SHOW PLEASE REPORT TO THE MEDIA OFFICE TO OBTAIN A MEDIA PASS; MEDIA OFFICE LOCATED IN DIRECT ENERGY CENTRE, HALL A, ROOM 101

TO OBTAIN MEDIA CREDENTIALS FOR THE ROYAL
Please fill out the media accreditation form at http://royalfair.org/MediaAccreditation

SOURCE The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

For further information:

For media requests or for more information contact:
Media Office 416 263-3222
Tiffany Fisher 416 456 7650 / Horse Show: Michelle Dunn 905 464 3056

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