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Ian Millar Continued from Page 1


the triple combination in the second round of competition.


“There are so many subtleties to this thing,” said Millar of the demanding tracks set by course designer Bob Ellis of Great Britain. “The rider and the horses are so good, and the course designer has to be so good. The competition is really against the course designer.”


Prior to London, Millar’s best Olympic result to date had come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where he placed 13th riding Dorincord. He also placed 14th individually at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 15th at the 1988 Seoul Olympics riding Big Ben on both occa- sions.


“Each Olympics stands out well on their own; London is outstanding,” said Millar, who has now competed in more


Tiffany Foster Continued from Page 1 by the Ground Jury.”


Millar lodged a protest which was heard by the FEI Appeal Committee before the end of the competition. How- ever, the protest was denied based on Annex XI of the FEI Veterinary Regula- tions, which state: “there is no appeal against the decision of the Ground Jury to disqualify a horse for abnormal sensitivity from an Event.”


Foster and Victor, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, were disqualified from further Olympic participation.


“We are extremely disappointed with this decision as Tiffany Foster should have been allowed to compete.” said Terrance Millar.


Terrance Millar further explained,


Olympic Games than any athlete in any sport, debuting at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “The public have been so sup- portive and sympathetic. I am very much a team rider, and I would have liked more team company with me today.”


Millar and 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze were the only two members of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping to advance to the Individual Final. The top 37 athletes from the origi- nal starting field of 75 qualified for Wednesday’s two-round Individual Final. Lamaze, 44, of Schomberg, ON, incurred 12 faults in the first round of the Individual Final and did not advance to the second and final round of competition. He tied for 29th position in the final indi- vidual standings.


“I didn’t wake up this morning see- ing myself on the podium, so I am not dis- appointed,” said Lamaze, who was riding the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood


“The horse has a scratch on its coronary band that occurred overnight.”


“This is an unfortunate application of a rule in the absence of context, which has shattered a young woman’s Olympic dream,” concluded Millar.


Despite the disadvantage of having no drop score following Foster’s disquali- fication on Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping quali- fied for Monday’s team final and is cur- rently ranked sixth. The scores of Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON, defending Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and ten-time Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON, will all be counted towards the final result. For more information, including live scoring and results, please visit the eques- trian sport section of the official 2012 London Olympic Games website at www.london2012.com/equestrian.


mare Derly Chin de Muze, owned by the Fleischhacker family’s Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable. “She’s jumped a lot of big tracks this week, which she’s not used to, and maybe it was just fatigue. She’s young, but she gained experience and came out of this a better horse.”


Lamaze continued, “These were supposed to be Hickstead’s Games and when the tragedy hap- pened, we just didn’t have time to prepare.”


Hickstead collapsed and died of an aortic rupture last November while competing at a world cup qualifying event in Verona, Italy. Under 2012 Olympic Games quali- fying rules, horses must be regis- tered in the ownership of the nation they will represent by December 31, 2011.


On Monday, August 6, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping comprised of Tiffany Fos- ter, 28, of Schomberg, ON, Jill Henselwood, 49, of Oxford Mills, ON, Lamaze and Millar of Perth, ON, finish fifth in the Team Final from the original starting field of 15 nations. Great Britain won the Team Gold while the Netherlands claimed the Team Silver. Saudi Arabia was awarded the Team Bronze medal. Switzerland placed fourth.


The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d’Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette. Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patter- son(Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele). Kerri McGregor


is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader. For more information, including live scoring and results, please visit the equestrian sport section of the official 2012 London Olympic Games website at www.london2012.com/equestrian.


“Eric Lamaze riding Derly Chin de Muze competed in the Individual Final on Wednesday, August 8, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.” Photo - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com


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