Eric Lamaze was very successful as a junior and hunter rider, working with a number of top trainers including Roger Deslauriers, George Morris, Jay Hayes and Hugh Graham. Just one year after entering the grand prix ring in 1992, Eric was named to the Canadian Equestrian Team.
Eric has since represented Canada at five consecutive World Equestrian Games - 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010 where he earned the Individual Bronze Medal and his mount, Hickstead, was named ‘Best Horse’ after jumping clear rounds with all of his riders in the famous ‘Final Four’. He has also represented Canada at the past four consecutive Pan American Games including in 1999 where he earned a Team Bronze Medal and at the 2007 Pan Ams where he won Team Silver and Individual Bronze.
It was in his Olympic debut in 2008 where Eric won the Individual Gold Medal riding the great Hickstead and helped Canada capture the Team Silver. These remarkable achievements represent the greatest success ever of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the Olympic Games. At the end of the 2008 year, Eric became number one in the Rolex World Rider Rankings, a feat he has since repeated on numerous occasions.
With Hickstead, a stallion small in stature but huge in heart, Eric won countless grand prix events in some of the most impressive show jumping venues in the world. At both the 2007 and 2011 editions of the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament, Eric and Hickstead won the $1 million CN International, the richest grand prix event in the world. Before his tragic death at the Verona horse show in November of 2011, Hickstead won several major grand prix titles including Geneva (2008), Aachen (2010), La Baule (2011), and Rome (2011). Partnered with Eric since he was seven years old, Hickstead won more than $3.75 million (Canadian) in prize money during his career and was widely acknowledged as the best show jumping horse of his era.
Lamaze owns Torrey Pines Stables in Schomberg, Ontario, where he operates a large training business and coaches numerous show jumping athletes. For the majority of the year, Eric is based in Belgium where he has access to some of the best show jumping sport in the world. In his spare time, Lamaze is an avid golfer and also enjoys tennis and squash.