Since Canada failed to qualify a team for the 2004 Olympics, Ian Millar will be Canada’s lone representative at the Athens Olympics, riding Promise Me.
Eric Lamaze, aboard Tempete, and Jill Henselwood, aboard Special Ed, are the alternates.
Millar, 57, and Promise Me, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood, provided the crucial clear second round that allowed Canada to win the $50,000 CN Samsung Nations Cup in Wellington, Fla., on March 12, and they were second in the $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship grand prix two days later. Last month at Spruce Meadows (Alta.) they placed fifth in the $113,489 Direct Energy Grand Prix on June 12 and ninth in the $75,659 CN Performance Grand Prix on June 20.
This will be Millar’s ninth straight Olympic start since his debut in 1972. He won the team gold medal at the 1980 alternate Olympics and finished 13th in 2000, his best Olympic individual finish.