Fri, September 20, 2013

Eric Lamaze threatens to quit riding for Canada

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency


Canadian Eric Lamaze is angry with a news release issued by Equine Canada. (REUTERS)

LONDON - Gold medallist (2008) Eric Lamaze has threatened to quit riding for Canada's equestrian team.

Lamaze, who failed to qualify for the jumping individual final Wednesday at Greenwich, is angry with a news release issued by Equine Canada president Mike Gallagher that supports an International Equine Federation decision to scratch Tiffany Foster's horse Victor from the team competition earlier this week.

"This is an important testing procedure for the fairness of our sport and for the welfare of the horse which must always be paramount," said the Gallagher news release. "Victor, our team horse, did have a small but sensitive area on the coronary band as a result of a minor lesion."

The FEI said its veterinarians found an inflammation and sensitivity in the horse's left forelimb, just above the hoof.

The Canadian team appealed, but the FEI rules disallow appeals for hypersensitivity.

Foster's coach is, coincidentally, Lamaze. She recovered from a devastating broken back in 2008 and surprised doctors who feared she would not walk again. Foster suffered a crushed vertebrae and surgeons inserted two steel rods, a plate, six screws and six clips.