Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze broke a bone in his left foot at CHIO Aachen (Germany) on Sunday, July 18, during the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen.
Lamaze, who went on to win the competition over Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer, said he heard a crack and felt pain upon landing off of a triple combination aboard his mount, Hickstead, in the first round.
The 42-year-old Olympic gold medalist from Schomberg, Ont., will undergo surgery today, July 20, in order to repair the damage. Lamaze hopes to be back in the saddle in time for competition at Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, on Aug. 13-15.
"They are going to operate and put some screws in it," said Lamaze. "This is the more aggressive approach; it is the fastest way to come back. It should take two to three weeks to heal. Luckily, it was a clean break."
He is currently ranked No. 1 on the Rolex world rider rankings.