By Dr. Andrew Jones
On Sunday, there was a tragic loss of a wonderful horse called Hickstead.
He was a stallion that helped Eric Lamaze win a pair of Olympic medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Hickstead sudden death came during a World Cup event- veterinarians attempted to revive him, but to no avail.
Hickstead was 15.
The story of these two is amazing.
Over the years Eric Lamaze has had public personal problems. His upbringing was rough. His mother was a drug addict, and his father was not involved. He dropped out of school by Grade 8, and he was raised by an alcoholic grandmother.
He had been banned from competition due to drug use.
Although disgraced, he redeemed himself in a huge way with Hickstead, and winning the Olympic Gold. Hickstead was so good, he has been called the ‘Michael Jordan’ of the jumping community.
Hickstead was not some well bred, destined for greatness horse.
No one wanted him.
He was too small, to uncontrolled to be able to jump and win.
His breeders tried to have the U.S. equestrian team take him, but no one on that team wanted him.
But then a Canadian, Eric Lamaze, saw something others didn’t see. He took him for a ride, jumped him, and was able to see the potential of a great horse.
The two claimed multiple victories on the international circuit- even though during that time Mr. Lamaze was disqualified from Olympic competition because of his cocaine use.
But the two of them perservered, and went on the win Gold.
Mr. Lamaze said in a news conference that: “we were so successful partly because we were so alike. We both liked to win. We had the same energy that transformed itself into incredible things.”
There is a horseman’s prverb that sums these two up:
For every horse there is one rider, and for every rider there is one horse.
Clearly this fits with Eric Lamaze and Hickstead.
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