Eric Lamaze

Eric Lamaze (born April 17, 1968) is a Canadian showjumper and Olympic champion.[1] He won individual gold and team silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, riding his famed horse Hickstead. Lamaze has won three Olympic medals, as well as four Pan American Games medals and one World Equestrian Games bronze. He is considered one of Canada's best showjumpers.

Eric Lamaze
2008 Olympic Games equestrian LAMAZE Eric.jpg
Personal information
Full nameEric Lamaze
Nationality Canada
DisciplineShow jumping
Born (1968-04-17) April 17, 1968 (age 52)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg; 10 st 3 lb)

Early lifeEdit

Lamaze was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1][2] He started riding at age twelve and worked in exchange for time in the saddle.[3] He was considered a promising junior rider,[1] and trained under Roger Deslauriers, George Morris, Jay Hayes and Hugh Graham.[2]


1991 - 2006Edit

Lamaze began competing at the grand prix level in 1991[2] or 1992.[3] A year later, he was named to the Canadian equestrian team.[2] His first major competition as a national team member was the 1994 World Equestrian Games.[1]

Lamaze was named to the Canadian team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, but lost his place and received a four-year suspension after testing positive for cocaine. Arbitrator Ed Ratushny overturned the suspension, although Lamaze had already missed the Atlanta Games when the ruling was delivered.[4]

Lamaze rebuilt his career and ascended the rankings, being again regarded as a key member of the Canadian team for the Sydney Games. However he tested positive for a banned stimulant, which resulted in his removal from the team and facing a lifetime ban. Right afterwards, a despondent Lamaze contemplated suicide and while drunk he smoked a cigarette laced with cocaine. Forty-eight hours later, the test for the banned stimulant was reversed on appeal, however Lamaze then tested positive for cocaine which would also have meant a lifetime ban. Arbitrator Ed Ratushny overturned the cocaine test, but the Canadian Olympic Committee refused to reinstate Lamaze on the Canadian team.[4]

2007 - 2011: Hickstead yearsEdit

In 2007, Lamaze became the first Canadian jumping rider in 20 years to make the top ten in the world rankings. He was also the first North American jumping rider to exceed one million in prize money a year, a third of these earnings the result of winning the CN International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.[5] The CN International Grand Prix was Lamaze's first major win with Hickstead.

Lamaze competed in the Beijing Olympics, riding the stallion Hickstead.[6] He was awarded a silver medal after a strong performance in the team event.[7] Lamaze went on to win a gold medal in the individual show jumping event of the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the Shatin Equestrian Venue in Hong Kong as a result of a jump off between himself riding Hickstead and the Swedish rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, riding Ninja.[6]

In the January 2009 Rolex World Rankings for show jumping by the International Equestrian Federation, Lamaze was named to the top spot for the first time.[8] In October 2009, Lamaze won the €120,000 Equita Masters in Lyon, France, riding Hickstead.[9]

Lamaze returned to first place in the Rolex Rankings for July 2010. In July that year, he had two major wins with Hickstead, at the Aachen World Equestrian Festival[10] and the Spruce Meadows Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

In 2011, Lamaze and Hickstead won the €200,000 Rome Grand Prix, the €200,000 La Baule Grand Prix, the Spruce Meadows Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the €23,000 1.55m in Rotterdam,[11] the $1 million CN International Grand Prix, and the €100,000 Barcelona Grand Prix.[12]

2012 - PresentEdit

After the death of Hickstead in 2011,[13] Lamaze selected the nine-year-old mare Derly Chin De Muze to ride at the 2012 London Olympics.[14]

In July 2016, he was again named to Canada's Olympic team, serving as the leader following Ian Millar's decision to not compete again. Lamaze rode the Hanoverian mare, Fine Lady 5.[15] As a member of Canada's jumping team, he competed in a climactic jump-off for the bronze medal, which was ultimately won by the German team. Later, he won a bronze medal in the individual jumping event, a single knocked rail preventing him from earning a second gold medal.[16]

In 2019, Lamaze revealed that he has brain cancer, which he has known about since 2017.[17]

International Championship ResultsEdit

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1994 World Equestrian Games Cagney 7th Team
28th Individual
1995 World Cup Final Cagney 18th
1996 World Cup Final Rio Grande RET
1998 World Cup Final Cagney 23rd
1998 World Equestrian Games Cagney 10th Team
53rd Individual
1999 Pan American Games Kahlua   Team
10th Individual
2002 World Equestrian Games Raphael 10th Team
69th Individual
2003 Pan American Games Rosalinde 5th Team
18th Individual
2005 World Cup Final Tempete v/h Lindehof 16th
2006 World Equestrian Games Hickstead 13th Team
27th Individual
2007 Pan American Games Hickstead   Team
2008 Olympic Games Hickstead   Team
2010 World Equestrian Games Hickstead 5th Team
2011 World Cup Final Hickstead  
2011 Pan American Games Coriana van Klapscheut 4th Team
11th Individual
2012 World Cup Final Coriana van Klapscheut 12th
2012 Olympic Games Derly Chin de Muze 5th Team
29th Individual
2014 World Equestrian Games Zigali P S 8th Team
34th Individual
2015 Pan American Games Coco Bongo   Team
22nd Individual
2016 Olympic Games Fine Lady 5 4th Team
2018 World Equestrian Games Chacco Kid 10th Team
58th Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Eric LAMAZE". Olympic Channel. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Eric Lamaze". Torrey Pines Stable. August 13, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Eric Lamaze". Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website. August 2, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Tom Harrington (July 20, 2008). "Finding faults". CBC Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Tom Harrington (July 20, 2008). "Finding faults". CBC Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Roll call of honour: Canada's medal winners". CBC. August 23, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Cudmore, John (August 21, 2008). "Last medal winners applaud Beijing jumpers". The Markham Economist and Sun.
  8. ^ Olympic Equestrian Champ Lamaze is Number One for the First Time, January 7, 2009
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Hickstead: loss of a true superstar | - International horse news".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Olympic show jumping champion Hickstead dies - ESPN". November 6, 2011.
  14. ^ "Eric Lamaze to ride Derly Chin De Muze at Olympics". July 18, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  15. ^ Cleveland, Amy (July 14, 2016). "Eric Lamaze leads Canadian Olympic equestrian team in Ian Millar's absence". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Eric Lamaze wins bronze in equestrian". CTV News. August 19, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Olympic show jumping champion Eric Lamaze confirms brain tumour". CBC. May 22, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2019.

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