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Eight-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar Begins Competition in Athens

Eight-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON, competed in the opening round of show jumping events on Sunday, August 22, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Comments from the Jumper Riders

''I believe that the experience I have gained all these years has helped me a lot. I don't feel any pressure. I will have to wait until the end of the Games to see if these are the best Games for me ever. Sydney was definetely my highlight. The horse I had there had never really performed at that level before, but he did great and we came very close''.  Ian Millar - Canada

Jumping Qualifier #1

Seventy-seven competitors from 27 nations participated in the first Jumping Qualifier leading to the Olympic Individual title. None of the medal winners from Sydney are in Athens to defend their title. Germany is the title holder since Atlanta 1996 and the current European Champion, but the team is missing one important member, since the World Number One, Marcus Ehning, had to withdraw due to an injury to his horse.


Athens, 12:30pm EEST--- Canada's Ian Millar and Promise Me were second to go in a field of 77 in today's first individual show jumping qualifier at Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.  They lowered two rails on a very technical course set by Germany's Olaf Petersen, and also incurred one time penalty.  They currently sit in 59th position.  Ten went clear, including Antonis Petris of Greece.  The top 45 individuals after two rounds of qualifying will advance.  Show jumping continues Tuesday with the Nations Cup. More later . . .

Fuel Added to Eventing Controversy Flame

(Special to EquestrianConnection.com)
By Jan Mansfield
Athens, August 22, 2004 - - - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held a press conference early this morning and Germany’s National Federation issued a terse statement following yesterday’s Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which rescinded the eventing Gold medals awarded to the German team and to Bettina Hoy. The appeal was filed jointly by the National Olympic Committees of the U.S., France, and Great Britain.

French Jumpers Looking for Glory

Jumping is the Equestrian discipline that most spectators find most appealing. Whatever the format of competition, the goal is always a clear round with no rails down. 75 competitors from 27 NOC's are competing.

Ian Millar's Promise Me Passes Inspection

90 horses were presented to the Ground Jury for Jumping today at Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre including Ian Millar's mount Promise Me. Two horses will be presented at the re-inspection tomorrow. One is DJANE DES FONTENIS for Grzegortz KUBIAK (POL), sent to the holding box today. The other horse is CARNUTE ridden by Thomas VELIN (DEN). The Dane will arrive at Athens airport later this evening. He received a late entry and replaces the Colombian rider Carlos LOPEZ, who decided not to compete in the Athens Games.

Olympic Showjumping Begins Sunday

At Markopoulo there is the finest Equestrian Venue in Olympic history, and it is there, beginning on Sunday 22 August, at 9 am, that 77 riders from 27 countries will pitch into the showjumping preliminaries. Among them are Greek champions Petris, Mytilinaiou, Tsatsou, and Athanasiadi. Canada is represented by 'Captain Canada' Ian Millar & Promise Me.

Olympic Equestrian Coverage on EquestrianConnection.com

Olympic fever is building as the countdown begins to Athens. Tune into Athens.EquestrianConnection.com to read "Diary from Athens". Notable equestrian journalist Jan Mansfield will be providing daily news,vignettes and photos, plus daily competition results (within minutes of the end of competition) featuring Canada's ten riders and horses competing at the 2004 Olympic Games August 13 - 28. And then beginning September 17 and running through to the 26th we will bring you up-to-date results and stories about Canada's four Paralympic Dressage competitors as told by Canadian chef d'equipe, Jane James. Coverage has begun! Get the latest news and stories.

Successful Opening Day for Ontario Show Jumping Team at NARYC

The Ontario Show Jumping Team enjoyed a successful opening day of competition at the ‘Maui Jim’ North American Young Riders’ Championships. In the first individual qualifier, a speed phase where competitors incur time penalties for every obstacle knocked down, Kelley Small of Kanata, ON, guided Calibur to a clear round to place sixth overall.

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