Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar has announced his retirement from international exhibit jumping contest afterwards nearly 5 decades at the top level.
One of the nigh successful exhibit jumping riders of all time, Millar, 72, is stepping away from the international marking to re-focus his efforts on coaching too developing immature horses.
Born inward Halifax, Nova Scotia, inward 1947, Millar began riding at the historic current of 10 inward Alberta too was named to his showtime Nations’ Cup squad inward 1971. Since that time, Millar has been a stalwart on the Canadian Equestrian Team, revered for his mightiness to deliver nether clit per unit of measurement area inward major competitions. Millar has represented Canada inward to a greater extent than than 200 Nations’ Cup squad competitions, including appearances inward 10 Olympic Games, 10 Pan American Games, too vii World Championships. Millar’s 10 Olympic appearances is a earth tape for whatsoever athlete across all sports. He won his showtime Olympic medal, a squad silver, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics too has 10 Pan American Games medals, including ii private too ii squad gold. He earned the nickname “Captain Canada” through his longevity too accomplishments inward the sport.
“Representing Canada many times over my career has been my greatest honour,” said Millar of Perth, Ontario. “Each fourth dimension I wore the blood-red squad jacket was real special to me, too the fact that I was able to portion this sense with then many corking riders is a will to the character of horsemen too horsewomen hither inward our country.”
In add-on to his efforts representing Canada internationally, Millar won to a greater extent than than 150 grand prix competitions over the course of written report of his illustrious career, including winning the prestigious international grand prix 3 times at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament inward Calgary. He is a 12-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion too was the showtime passenger to win back-to-back World Cup Finals, earning the championship inward 1988 too 1989. His nigh successful horse, Big Ben, was a household scream throughout Canada inward the like shooting fish in a barrel 1980s too 1990s too was a favourite to win everywhere he competed.
Millar built his dwelling stable, Millar Brooke Farm inward Perth, into a powerhouse preparation soil for international exhibit jumping. In add-on to his evolution of to a greater extent than than 100 grand prix horses, Millar has coached several other top international riders including Canadian Olympic teammates Mario Deslauriers too Jill Henselwood, equally good equally Richard Spooner of the US. He has also been instrumental inward the successful careers of his son, Jonathon; daughter, Amy; too daughter-in-law, Kelly, all of whom currently correspond their province inward international competition. Today, Millar operates Millar Brooke Farm amongst his children too focuses on producing top showjumping horses too riders for competition.
In recognition of his many successes, Millar has received numerous awards including existence named a Member of the Order of Canada. He has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, too the Jump Canada Hall of Fame.
While Millar is stepping dorsum from international competition, he plans to hold upward busier than always working with up-and-coming athletes too horses.
“The bond formed betwixt Equus caballus too passenger is an amazing affair to experience, simply the partnership has to hold upward built the correct way, with compassion, understanding, too care,” said Millar. “Over the past times few years, I convey constitute myself to a greater extent than too to a greater extent than drawn toward working with immature horses too riders, too I am excited to expand my coaching to portion my knowledge too passion with the side past times side generation.”
At the decision of his international career, Millar paid tribute to those closest to him over the years.
“It has been the journeying of a lifetime with then many dreams realized, then much due to the fantastic horses I was blessed to ride, to whom I am eternally grateful,” said Millar.
“I would similar to personally give thank yous my owners too sponsors for all their aid too back upward during my showjumping career. While in that place are also many to name, my partnerships with possessor Ann Matthews too sponsor BMO Financial Group had peculiarly long too sustained successes. I would also similar to give thank yous all the members of my back upward squad who convey supported me faithfully over the years: my family, staff, veterinarians, equine therapists, chef d’equipes, too all my swain riders. Finally, the biggest contributor to my success was my like shooting fish in a barrel wife, Lynn, with whom I shared my nigh cherished bond. Through our partnership, nosotros achieved incredible success.”