Ian Millar Wins Record 12th Greenhawk Canadian Championship Title
Press Release by Jump Media LLC
Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, landed his record 12th Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship on Saturday, November 5, at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario aboard Dixson.
Saturday’s victory followed another strong performance by Millar who also won the first round of competition in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship on opening night of the Royal Horse Show on November 4th. The competition quickly became a family affair as Millar was followed closely behind in the placings by his two children, Johnathon and Amy Millar.
Millar returned last in the second and final round of the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship on Saturday night, having posted the fastest clear in Friday night’s opening speed round riding Dixson. Millar and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, repeated their flawless performance in Saturday’s two-round final over tracks set by course designer Bernardo Cabral of Portugal.
“It’s a lot of stress, that final round!” said Millar. “There’s no room for error, and that’s what jumping it is all about. There was no option but to do what Dixson did.”
Saturday night’s victory marked an impressive comeback for Dixson (Vigo D’arsouilles x Olisco) after two sinus surgeries sidelined him earlier in the year and ultimately kept Millar from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“In the years that I’ve been riding him, I’ve never jumped him indoors, but it was not an issue for him,” Millar commented, who last won the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Champion in 2014 riding his London Olympic mount, Star Power. “It’s great to have this quality of horse here at The Royal because we’ve got some serious competition coming at us next week in the international division.”
Having returned to competition in August, Dixson was back at the top of his game, holding off fellow Canadian Mac Cone. For the second year in a row, Cone earned the Reserve Championship title riding Gasper van den Doorn (Calvaro x Larome) for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. The pair finished on a combined total of 1.73 penalties carried forward from Friday night’s speed phase, and joined Millar as the only other horse-rider combination to leave all the rails in place over three rounds of competition.
Hyde Moffatt, posted two clear rounds in Saturday night’s final to finish third with a total of 4.45 penalties riding Granturo (Canturo x Kashmir Van Schuttershof), owned by Western Sales & Development.
Having finished second and third behind their father on Friday night, Jonathon and Amy Millar remained in the top five following the final phase of competition. Jonathon Millar and Bonzay (Numero Uno x Heartbreaker), owned by Isotropic investments, finished on 4.46 penalties for fourth while Amy Millar incurred 8.42 penalties to place fifth riding Heros (Canadian River x Clinton I), owned by AMMO Investments.
Based on their performances in the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship, Cone and Moffatt move forward to the international division, beginning Tuesday, November 8. They join fellow Canadians Tiffany Foster, Keean White, Vanessa Mannix, Erynn Ballard, and Ian and Jonathon Millar, who were all pre-qualified based on their world ranking.
The $130,500 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 9, highlights international show jumping competition at the Royal Horse Show, and is a qualifying event for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, next spring. Rio Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star of Great Britain headline the list of international entries, which also includes Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, who were both members of the U.S. Olympic silver medal team in Rio.
Full results at this link.
Feature photo courtesy of Ben Radvanyi Photography