Canadian Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze will not show in Geneva this week due to undisclosed health issues.
Lamaze posted a rare personal note on his Facebook page today announcing the decision:
“Sadly I had to cancel my fall tour due to health concerns I am having and will not be competing at one of my favourite shows, CHI de Genève, this weekend. I am so disappointed to be missing this fantastic event but the circumstances prevent it.”
He did not elaborate on the nature of the health concern or when he might be back in the ring.
Lamaze was notably absent from the November 28 press release declaring the elite contenders for CHI Geneva, an event the 50-year-old rider has been tremendously successful at in the past. In 2016, the Canadian won the International Jumper Riders Club Top Ten Final aboard Fine Lady. He previously captured the Grand Prix of Geneva with Hickstead in 2008 and was the first rider to win the Grand Prix of Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva on the same horse, three events that later formed the Rolex Grand Slam.
Continued Lamaze’s Facebook post:
“It will be exciting to watch the outcome of this world-class competition, supported by our friends at ROLEX. Best of luck to everyone in the International Jumping Riders Club Top Ten Final and the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping including our own Spencer Smith.”
Click on the post to send well wishes his way.
Get well soon, Eric!