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Amy Millar Opens Royal Horse Show With a Win

Toronto, ON – Canadian Olympian Amy Millar of Perth, ON, scored victory on opening night of the Royal Horse Show,… Artikel lesen

Jaqueline Weidlich
02.11.2019 4 min lesen
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Toronto, ON – Canadian Olympian Amy Millar of Perth, ON, scored victory on opening night of the Royal Horse Show, winning the first phase of the $125,000 Henry Equestrian Canadian Show Jumping Championship on Friday, November 1, at the 97th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.

Amy Millar of Perth, ON, won the $25,000 Henry Equestrian Canadian Show Jumping Championship – Phase One on Friday, November 1, at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.

Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Canadian Olympic individual silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt set a welcoming speed track for the 19 entries vying for the national title. Millar, 42, completed the track in the fastest time while leaving all the rails in place to win the opening phase riding Truman, a 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Mylord Carthago x Kolibri) owned by Millar Brooke Farm Ltd. and Overlund. Beth Underhill, 57, of Schomberg, ON, came the closest to catching Millar’s time of 57.97 seconds but when the clock stopped at 58.33 seconds, Underhill settled for second place with Count Me In, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes) owned by Sandy Lupton and Robert Caswell.

Millar claimed her first Canadian Show Jumping Championship title in 2017 riding Heros and came agonizingly close to defending the title in 2018 when she finished runner-up to Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON.

“The Canadian Championship is a gift that The Royal gives to us Canadian riders,” said Millar, who watched her father, Ian Millar, claim 12 Canadian Show Jumping Championship titles over the years. “It’s prestigious, so I’m hoping to hold it together tomorrow night. I’ve been coming here all my life and it’s a big deal to Canadian riders. It doesn’t matter how long you have been coming here, it will always be special.”

Beth Underhill of Schomberg, ON, guided Count Me In to a second-place finish on Opening Night ofthe Royal Horse Show for owners Sandy Lupton and Rob Caswell.

Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Third place went to Amy’s older brother, Jonathon, 45, also of Perth, ON, who took the early lead in the competition with a time of 62.51 seconds riding Daveau, owned by Millar Brooke Farm. Young rider Mackenzie Wray, 20, of Loretto, ON, made an impression in her Canadian Show Jumping Championship debut, bringing Jewel LVP home clear in a time of 62.58 seconds for owner Makim Holdings Inc. Ali Ramsay, 27, of Victoria, BC, rounded out the top five riding Casino, owned by Ramsay Equestrian Inc. Despite incurring an eight-second penalty for two downed rails, their adjusted time of 64.70 seconds held up for fifth place.

Having competed for $25,000 in prize money during the opening round, riders will return to the Coca-Cola Coliseum in reverse order of standing to tackle the $100,000 Henry Equestrian Canadian Show Jumping Championship, Round 2. Amy will have the advantage of being the final competitor on course and has a second Canadian Championship title set firmly in her sights.

Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, ON, riding Totally Frank claimed victory in the first phase of the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge on Opening Night of the Royal Horse Show.

Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Opening night of the Royal Horse Show kicked off with the thrilling $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, tackling a mix of cross-country and traditional show jumping fences. Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, ON, came out on top with the fastest clear round in a time of 87.76 seconds riding Totally Frank while Toronto’s own Brandon McMechan rode Oscar’s Wild to second place after crossing the timers in 88.57 seconds. Fresh off their 2019 Pan American Games appearance in Lima, Peru, Karl Slezak of Tottenham, ON, and Fernhill Wishes rounded out the top three.

More than 1,000 horses from around the globe will compete for $980,000 in prize money during the 10-day CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show. VIP Platinum and Gold seating, as well as group and individual tickets, can be purchased HERE. All Royal Horse Show tickets include general admission to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

For more information, visit royalfair.org/horse-show.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

$25,000 Henry Equestrian Canadian Show Jumping Championship – Round 1

Friday, November 1

Rider   Hometown   Horse   Time

1. Amy Millar   Perth, ON   Truman   57.97

2. Beth Underhill   Schomberg, ON   Count Me In   58.33

3. Jonathon Millar   Perth, ON   Daveau   62.51

4. Mackenzie Wray   Loretto, ON   Jewel LVP   62.86

5. Ali Ramsay   Victoria, BC   Casino   64.70

6. Jacqueline Steffens   Harriston, ON   Freaky Liefhebber   67.15

7. Sam Walker   Nobleton, ON   Coralissa   68.47

8. Sean Jobin   Toronto, ON   Darius   68.52

9. Susan Horn   Bolton, ON   Balintore   68.66

10. Hyde Moffatt   Brantford, ON   Gisborne VDL   69.65

Photo Of The Day

From The Coca-Cola Coliseum

Kaylah Carruthers and Giorgio enjoy a winning moment after clinching a victory in junior hunter competition on opening day of the Royal Horse Show.

Photo by Mackenzie Clark

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