Veteran showjumper Ian Millar has been named the Cavalor ‘Athlete of the Month’ for April by Jump Canada.
The award comes after top performances at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fl;orida, which concluded with the grand finale, the $500,000 CSI5* FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix.
Millar, 65, of Perth, Ontario, and Star Power, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Team Works, were one of only three of the 45 entries to advance to the jump-off over the challenging course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland. All three contenders incurred four faults in the jump-off, making time the deciding factor. With a time of 49.30 seconds, Millar and Star Power placed second to Daniel Bluman of Colombia, who had a slightly quicker time of 48.97 seconds riding Sancha La Silla.
“I am very pleased with Star Power’s performance in the Grand Prix Finale held in Wellington,” said Millar, a nine-time Canadian Olympian. “I, along with my family and clients, have used Cavalor products for our horses for a number of years and I am a big fan.”
As the Cavalor ‘Athlete of the Month’ for April, Millar receives a gift certificate from title sponsor Cavalor Inc.
• The Canadian Show Jumping Team finished in third place in the Nations’ Cup competition held Friday, May 11, at CSIO 4* Linz, Austria.
Out of 15 countries represented, Canada finished the two-round competition with a total of 16 faults. The team comprised of Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Jill Henselwood and Ian Millar.
As the lead-off rider for the second week in a row, Yann Candele rode Carlotta Singular la Magnifica to a four fault first round score. In the second round, Candele and Carlotta Singular la Magnifica incurred 12 faults and were the drop score.
Tiffany Foster and Victor had four faults in the first round and a clear round in the second.
Jill Henselwood rode George to four faults in the first round and posted Canada’s second clear in round two.
Millar and Star Power had eight faults in the first round, which was used as the drop score, and returned for four faults in the second.
“Third place out of 15 teams is very exciting,” said Terrance Millar, chef d’équipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team, who is being aided on the European Tour by stable manager Lori Green.
“It is a good day to celebrate girl power. Jill and Tiffany were both four and zero today. It is uncharacteristic for Ian to have a drop score, but he came back strong. Yann had a good first round, but today it was all about the ladies.”
First place, with a two-round total of five faults, went to the Ukraine, while Brazil was second with 12 faults.