Hickstead: Canada’s Hero
I haven’t been able to write about it. I was so lost without him, with knowing that he’d departed this world. You’ve all probably heard that Hickstead, the horse that brought Gold to Canada in the last Olympics, two days ago, at the age of nearly sixteen, dropped dead after a flawless jumping event in Verona, Italy, a major competition. If you haven’t heard of Hickstead, whose prime rider was Eric Lamaze, I don’t know where to begin…both in how to describe the intelligence and heart of this horse and in how to describe the intrinsic–let me say that again–the intrinsic value of this glorious creature. There is a post somewhere on my blog about an interview with Hickstead’s owner who said: ”he was a stumblebum at first…and then, he seemed to get it. He really got it…so I said to Eric, ‘don’t do anything. He knows what to do. Leave it to Hicks, sit back and just enjoy the ride.’” And truly, after watching many shows in which Hicks excelled, I must say that that is exactly how it looked to me: Hickstead seemed to analyse each jump, and decide how he was going to take it…and he did…he just did. Every single time. In an interview after his death, someone commented: ”Hickstead was not only the top event horse of Canada…he was considered the top event horse ever in history…ever.” Bless you beautiful boy, we love you and wish you godspeed to the heavens…where you belong. You made the world a better place and the world is a better place because of you. Go to: A Big Ask Answered on my blog or google Hickstead. Enlarge your appreciation and love of our horses by learning about Hickstead, “Canada’s Hero”. Oh, Eric, I do feel for your loss. Please share it with all of us who were amazed and breathless at the magnificence of a horse whose qualities transcended your riding skills and our expectations. Rest well, Hicks.