We have a massive Eric Lamaze following on Horse Junkies United and, of course, a tremendous undying love for the great Hickstead. Just thinking about him brings about mixed emotions for me, and I’m quite sure I’m not alone.
Immediately I get a little teary eyed and a lump builds in my throat, but then when I make myself remember that glorious September afternoon when I stood in that International ring watching him win the CN International in front of a packed house on home soil. I brings me both pride and joy, followed by thankfulness for having been a witness to his greatness. The ‘Hickstead Era’ in show jumping, will never be replicated, but it will never be forgotten either.
On that note, I am very pleased to draw your attention to an incredible project that has been spearheaded by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping’s John Anderson and International Judge Phillip Rozon. Kim Penner, a Canadian equine artist, has captured a famous Hickstead “Moment in Time”.
I was given a little sneak peak of the painting yesterday and, although I cannot share any specifics with you, I will say that it is incredible. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined Kim’s astounding ability to quite literally capture Hickstead (and Eric) on the canvas.
*Note: none of the pictures I have included in this post have any relevance to the painting, they are just showing Hickstead during the magical 2011 season at Spruce Meadows
The painting will be unveiled next month in Goby’s Grill at Anderson Ranch (RMSJ), and of course I will keep you all posted… but it gets even better. A limited number of giclees of the painting in the original size (a giglee print is a digital image of the original painting put on a canvas) will be offered to the public with a signed certificate of authenticity form Eric Lamaze. There will be 500 in total and the cost will be $2500/each. The proceeds from these sales will go towards the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Hickstead newly developed “First Leg Up” program, which will provide the opportunity for inner city kids to ride, and also support up and coming riders by providing them with opportunities that may otherwise not be available to them.
The First Leg Up program stems from the PGA endorsed First Tee. Furthermore, proceeds will also go to JustWorld International, an organization which helps children in developing countries. As many of you may be aware, Eric Lamaze is a JustWorld ambassador.
Here is John Anderson speaking about the project to the local news (it is a flash video, so it doesn’t work on iPhones & iPads):
PS. For the next little while, well actually all season, I will be bringing you reports from the tournaments at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. Stay Tuned!