Eric is a huge inspiration to me, and when I heard the news of Hickstead’s untimely and sudden death a few months ago I was absolutely devastated, as was most of the equestrian world. I was equally as devastated at the idea that he would retire from the sport early. Although he had many reasons to leave the sport, after the career he’s had, I just couldn’t believe that he would. Knowing what I feel after being away from it for even a few short months I couldn’t see how he could lose his passion, even after such a hard and completely unimaginable loss. Much to my relief, as you will see in the above article if my link works, he has decided to keep going and do his best to still qualify for London on a new mount. YAY!!!!