A splendid performance by Jonathon Millar helped seal victory for the Canadian team at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Jumping Nations Cup of Mexico in Coapexpan.
Riding 10-year-old Daveau, Millar, son of 2008 Olympic silver medallist Ian Millar, produced a pivotal double-clear to ensure Canada, whose team also included Lauara Jane Tidball, Jenn Serek and Keean White, finished top of the leaderboard after committing just 16 faults in an event that is part of the FEI North/Central America and Caribbean League,
Following his side’s victory, Millar paid tribute to his 71-year-old father.
"I was brought up on Nations Cups and Championships being such a big part of his success, and it has rubbed off on me, knowing that being there for the team is more important than winning the Grand Prix - so when it all comes together like it did today then it’s a really great thing," he said.
🥇Team Canada 🇨🇦 = 16 Points— The FEI (@FEI_Global) April 22, 2018
🥈Team USA 🇺🇸 = 17 Points
🥉Team Mexico 🇲🇽 = 21 Points
It was high octane action for the Coapexpen leg of the @LonginesEq #FEINationsCup! With tough competition and a tough course - this was a high scoring leg keeping everyone on their toes! pic.twitter.com/K7YvTgTIbl
The 43-year-old also expressed his delight at the performance of his horse Daveau.
"He didn’t do the Nations Cup in Ocala because it came too early in the season, but it’s been a really fun process working with him so far and now he’s coming into his own," he said.
2He gives a thousand percent in the ring, he’s a real fighter and a dream to ride - I couldn’t be more proud of him."
The United States, whose team featured Millar’s wife Kelly Soleau-Millar, finished second on 17 faults whilst Mexico were third on 21.
The third and final leg of the North/Central America and Caribbean League is due to take place in Langley in Canada, next month.