"We finished our round, I circled and was leaving the ring, and he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack," said an emotional Lamaze in a press release yesterday after the tragic events in Verona. "It is the most tragic thing that has ever happened. We had him until he was 15, and we had a great time together.”
"He was the best horse in the world. We are all devastated."
FEI jumping director John Roche said; "As yet the cause of death is unknown, but our deepest sympathies go out to the owners, to Eric and to all the connections of one of the greatest jumping horses of all time. Hickstead's presence on the circuit will be very sadly missed."
HRH Princess Haya, FEI President added her condolences to those that have poured in since news of the horse's death. "Hickstead really was a horse in a million and my heart goes out to Eric and everyone connected with this wonderful horse. This is a terrible loss, but Hickstead truly will never be forgotten. We were very lucky to have known him."
“Hickstead and Eric have been one of equestrianism’s most legendary partnerships,” said Akaash Maharaj, CEO of Equine Canada and the Canadian Equestrian Team. “Our team, our sport and our country grieve with Eric, Delphine and the Fleischhacker family on the passing of one of Canada’s greatest equine heroes.”
Sources: Global News, FEI and Equine Canada.
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