Hickstead left hoof prints on all of our hearts, the deepest of all on Eric’s. He competed a few days after Hickstead passed away to honour his partner. He then withdrew and took some deserved time off to mourn after spending a heartbreaking week in the spotlight. This will be my strongest memory of the 2011 Royal; the sense of loss and shared grief over a powerful animal…and the strength of one man, Eric Lamaze, who helped us to deal with it.

Sharon Pedley

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