2005 Dutch Warmblood chestnut gelding (Contango x Goodtimes)
Owned by Irish Oaks Farm and Millar Brooke Farm
Related to Eric Lamaze’s famous stallion, Hickstead (via Hamlet), Alazan is a Canadian-bred Dutch Warmblood. He was purchased from Alexis Baikie and the late Rick Taylor of London, Ontario as a five-year-old Grand Prix prospect.
“Jon was really keen on him from the start. The day we tried him, Alazan jumped three feet over everything. It didn’t matter what you pointed him at, it was like he was allergic to the rails,” says Amy Millar.
After brief stints campaigning under Jonathon and later Ian, Amy took over the ride in the summer of 2012.
“He was so fun I never gave him back!”
In 2013, Amy and Alazan were consistent winners in the eight-year-old division at the highly competitive Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida. Irish Oaks Farm, long supporters of Amy’s international career, bought a share in Alazan that spring. Together, they went on to claim several top 10 finishes in 1.40m divisions at Spruce Meadows, Caledon Equestrian Park and Angelstone.
“He’s very careful. He hates to hit jumps, which is an essential quality in a Grand Prix horse. And he really loves his job. You walk in the ring and you can feel his heart beating as you gallop to the jump. It’s a great feeling,” says Amy.
In the barn, he’s slightly less focused.
“We call him ‘Dennis the Menace.’ He’s a troublemaker,” she laughs. “If you leave your jacket on his stall door, he’ll pull it through the bars and stomp all over it. He’s a bit of brat.”
Alazan made his National Grand Prix debut with Amy during the 2013 Spruce Meadows summer series.
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