Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze enters London as the defending champion in Individual Mixed Jumping.
Lamaze, however, faces a tough challenge in defending his gold medal performance. He is heading to the Olympics without his champion horse, Hickstead, who died unexpectedly in November 2011 of a ruptured aorta during a competition in Italy.
Mr. Danson represented Eric Lamaze when he tested positive for a banned substance just prior to the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and again in 2000 before Sydney. He was successfully reinstated on both occasions.
For London, Eric has chosen Derly Chin de Muze, a nine-year-old mare to replace the celebrated Hickstead.
We wish Eric and the rest of Canadian athletes the best of luck during the Olympic Games!
To watch Eric’s Gold Medal performance from the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, please click here. (Eric and Hickstead’s ride begins at the 1:22 mark)