1. Star Show-Jumping Horse Dies During Competition
Hickstead, a stallion and one of Canada’s top athletes, collapsed and died in front of hundreds of spectators while competing in Italy on Sunday. Before crashing to the ground under his rider, the horse had just completed a nearly flawless run with his rider. He died in the ring, as fans gasped in horror in the grandstands. 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, appeared to be unharmed after the horse’s legs seemed to give out as he walked unsteadily between two brightly colored jumps in the arena in Verona. Lamaze and Hickstead were known as a unbeatable pair and the death of the stallion is unknown at the moment. But, some suggested that maybe it was due to having a weak heart.