The equine superstar Hickstead is to be inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame alongside Ian Millar, the country’s most successful ever showjumper.
Hickstead died suddenly last year when he collapsed after completing the fourth round of the World Cup in Verona. The 15-year-old stallion was owned by John Fleischhacker and Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze, who rode him to individual gold and team silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
This is the second time in a month that tributes have been made to Hickstead. As reported in H&C last week, a bronze statue of the horse was recently unveiled at Spruce Meadows in Calgary.
While Hickstead was Canada’s most successful showjumping horse, Ian Millar is its most decorated equestrian. The privilege of seeing your name in the hall of fame is normally reserved for riders that have retired, however the 65-year-old is still very much at the top his game.
At London 2012 he set a world record when he became the world’s first athlete – in any sport – to represent his country in 10 Olympics. Other achievements include winning nine medals at eight Pan American Games, and he has represented Canada in fourteen world cup finals.
“Now in our seventh year, the Hall of Fame Committee is thrilled to be creating a special evening to honour two of our nation’s greatest ambassadors,” said Mark Samuel, chairman of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame.
“Ian Millar and Hickstead have both served Canada on the international stage with great distinction, and we look forward to joining our community as it turns out in force to pay tribute to these two show jumping champions.”
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to honour horses and riders that have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of jumping and hunting. The seventh event will be held on 4 November in Toronto, Ontario.