Gold Medal Horse Hickstead to compete at Royal Horse Show



    Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze wants to celebrate with his hometown fans

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Canada's Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze (Schomberg,
ON) has decided to add to the frequent-flyer points of his gold-medal stallion
Hickstead, by bringing him home from Europe to compete at Toronto's Royal
Horse Show this November. It had previously been announced that while Lamaze
would compete in Toronto, Hickstead would remain in Europe, where the pair are
currently amassing points en-route to becoming the number-one ranked jumping
combination in the world. Fans of Hickstead will now have the opportunity to
see him compete live, in his first Ontario appearance since winning the
individual gold and team silver medals at the Olympics this summer.
    "It will be very exciting to compete with Hickstead at this year's Royal.
We received such a warm welcome from the fans at Spruce Meadows in Calgary in
September, and are very much looking forward to competing in front of our
hometown crowd in Toronto. Hickstead has proven himself to be one of the
world's top horses by winning the Olympic gold medal, and we are looking
forward to celebrating that achievement at The Royal." said Lamaze.
    Hickstead's passport and European schedule reflects his current cache of
being one of the very best right now. Publicist for the pair, Jennifer Ward,
says "the current plan for Hickstead is to do an indoor show, probably in
Holland or Belgium, and then the CSI(xxxxx) in Lyon, France, at the end
October. He will then fly to Toronto for The Royal, and then back to Belgium
for CSI(xxxxx) at Brussels, which is hosting the Rolex top ten final this
year." Lamaze is currently ranked number two on the Rolex world rankings,
chasing down Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
    North America made history at the Olympics with the US taking gold and
Canada taking silver in the Team show-jumping competition. Equestrian fans
will have an unprecedented opportunity to see members from the both teams
competing at this year's Royal Horse Show during the week of international
competition November 11 through 15. In total, over $795,000 in prize money
will be awarded in the Horse Show, making it one of the richest indoor
equestrian competitions in the world. For further information and complete
schedules please visit www.royalfair.org.





For further information:

For further information: Michelle Dunn, AIPS/IAEJ, Royal Horse Show,
mdunn@royalfair.org, mobile: (905) 464-3056

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