November 19, 2007 — Amy Millar of Perth, ON, was crowned the 2007 Jump Canada Series Champion following the final event of the season, the $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix held November 7 at the CSI5*-W Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.
In the $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix, Millar finished seventh after incurring only one time fault in an otherwise perfect round aboard Costa Rica Z, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Millar and Millarbrooke Farm. It was enough for Millar to secure the overall title by earning 267.70 points throughout the 2007 Jump Canada Series, 22.70 more points than her father, Ian Millar, who finished second. This year, Jump Canada introduced a $20,000 cash bonus for the winner of the Jump Canada Series.
With Costa Rica Z, Millar began the 2007 Jump Canada Series with a fourth place finish at the Blainville Jumping International in the $70,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier followed by a sixth place finish in the $60,000 BonjourQuebec.com Grand Prix at L’ International Bromont I. Millar’s second place finish in the $50,000 Miele Grand Prix at the Collingwood Festival and her fourth place finish in the $60,000 Kubota Cup Grand Prix during the Kubota Collingwood Classic quickly moved her up the standings. It was Millar’s victory in the $75,000 Halton Place World Cup Qualifier at the Canadian Country Classic Horse Show for 50 points that propelled her to the top of the leader board.
“I have worked hard all summer long and my horses jumped great,” remarked Millar. “I really wanted this award and I am very honoured.”
Millar was presented with the prestigious Jump Canada trophy, generously donated by Barbara Anderson of Alberta, at the Royal Horse Show. As the 2007 Jump Canada Series winner, Millar also received a $20,000 cash award, sponsored by Jump Canada, to be invested into a development program intended to support future elite performance.
The Jump Canada Series has proven successful in providing a national jumper circuit with high standards of competition across the country. At the end of the Jump Canada Series, overall standings are calculated using the best six results, plus the final event in the Jump Canada Series, the CN World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at the CSI-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.
Since its inception, the Jump Canada Series has recognized the achievements of such great horse-rider combinations as Beth Underhill and Altair (1999), Frankie Chesler and Ravenna Z (2000), Jill Henselwood and Toyzrus (2001), three-time champions Ainsley Vince and Catch 22 (2002, 2003, and 2004), Ian Millar and In Style (2005) and Margie Gayford and Stuntman (2006).
About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is a committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, hunter equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit www.jumpcanada.ca.