Eric Lamaze Leaving Canadian Show Jumping Team Advisor Role

Jan 13, 2023 - 3:17 PM
Equestrian Canada announced this week that Eric Lamaze will not renew his one-year contract as technical advisor of the show jumping team when it expires Jan. 31.

The High Performance Advisory Group-Jumping and EC staff will take over his technical advisor roles and responsibilities on an interim basis to ensure team athletes are well supported in this important Pan American Games year, according to the statement from EC.

“Our national team squad technical advisers are important leaders and mentors for our high-performance athletes and our next generation,” said EC’s CEO Meg Krueger. “We appreciate Eric’s willingness to share his experiences and guidance for the team over the last year and hope to find a suitable replacement to lead the team moving forward.”

With the Pan American Games on the horizon in October 2023 and the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games only 18 months away, the High Performance Advisory Group-Jumping will be provisionally overseeing the technical aspects for the teams, selections and appointing chef d’quipe positions for competitions, the statement said.

A spokeswoman for Lamaze declined to provide details about Lamaze’s future plans but said he would issue a statement on the matter “in due course.”

Lamaze, who began undergoing treatment for brain cancer in 2017, announced in November 2021 that Beth Underhill would take over the ride on his top horses while he focused on his health. He was named technical advisor for the Canadian team in February 2022. He led the team in its preparation and competition at the 2022 Agria FEI Jumping World Championships (Denmark).

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