Millar captures Canada Cup Championship

Millar captures Canada Cup Championship

It was a three-peat for Ian Millar today at the Tournament of Champions horse show.

The legendary ´Captain Canada´ – still at the top of his game at age 60 – captured both the John Deere Canada Cup Championship and first place in the $100,000 World Cup Qualifier.

This is the third consecutive year Millar has won the show jumping championship with the 12-year-old bay gelding In Style, owned by Sue Grange of Caledon, but the first time he´s won both that title and
the World Cup class at the Caledon Equestrian Park.

The class served as the third phase of the $175,000 John Deere Canada Cup Championship, with the first two phases held Thursday and Friday. Jill Henselwood, 44, of Oxford Mills, Ont., the individual gold medal winner at the Pan Am Games in July, was Millar´s closest rival for the championship, winning Thursday´s first phase, a speed class. But Millar fought back on Friday, taking first in the second phase, which tested power and technique.
In today´s event, just five horses of 26 advanced to the jump-off, including Henselwood and Millar.

Henselwood, mounted on Black Ice, took a daring chance with an impossibly tight turn between the second and third jumps and posted a time of 40.12 seconds, throwing down a formidable challenge.
Millar, who had the advantage of going after Henselwood, was able to strategize after seeing her round.

“It was an excellent jump-off and because of the formula (three phases), it really did come down to Jill and Black Ice and In Style and myself,” said Millar. “She sure didn´t make it easy. You could either slow down and take that tight turn or you could gallop around the faster way very quickly.”

Millar opted to take the longer, faster route and as a result, stopped the clock at 39.25 seconds.

“It so happens that In Style could slip around there at warp speed and catch the next jump off the flow,” said Millar. “He is an experienced enough horse that he could do it either way, but it was such a tight turn, you´d lose all rhythm and flow.”

The horse, who was Millar´s partner at the Pan Am Games, where the Canadian show jumping team won silver and secured a place for Canada in next year´s Beijing Olympic Games, now gets a welldeserved rest.

Millar has every intention to represent Canada for the ninth time at the Games, matching an all-time record for Olympic appearances, with In Style as his equine partner.

Sunday September 23
Phase III – $100,000.00 John Deere Canada Cup Final

1st Ian Millar Perth, Ont. In Style 39.25 sec.
2nd Jill Henselwood Oxford Mills, Ont. Black Ice 40.12 sec
3rd Jay Hayes Orangeville, Ont. Livarot 41.07 sec
4th Kim Farlinger Ottawa, Ont. Cordoba 41.49 sec
5th Jennifer Gray Owen Sound, Ont. Roxette Delores 45.25 sec

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