Olympic champion horse Hickstead dies during competition (VIDEO)

Olympic champion horse Hickstead dies during competition (VIDEO)

Verona : Italy | Nov 08, 2011 at 11:30 AM PST
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Star Horse Hickstead Collapses, Dies During Competition

Verona - Hickstead, the horse Eric Lamaze rode to win individual and team medals at the 2008 Olympics, collapsed and died as he was leaving the ring during a World Cup event in Italy.

Eric Lamaze, Hickstead’s longtime rider who won an individual gold and silver medal for the Canadian team with the horse at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The Dutch Warmblood stallion had just completed the 13-track show jumping course with a nearly flawless round. But he the fell to the ground and began thrashing and flailing, appearing to undergo a seizure.

At the request of competitors, the rest of the World Cup jumping competition was suspended Sunday

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