Amy Millar: ‘I Can’t Confirm All-Female Olympic Team, But I Think We’ve Got The Riders to Win’

Amy Millar & Christiano - Photo by Spruce Meadows Media/Tony Lewis

Edited Press Release

June 6, 2024 (Spruce Meadows) – Amy Millar today addressed fan frenzy over a potential first-ever all-female Olympic equestrian team, saying: “My most important goal is that we put forward our strongest team because it would be really, really fantastic and special.

“I really believe we have good enough horses and riders to get something good done there (at the upcoming Paris Olympics). So that’s what I’m most excited about.”

Amy, who grew up riding at Spruce Meadows, was delighted to take the top spot at the main event on day one of The ‘Continental’, presented by Rolex, this afternoon.

And when prodded on whether she would enjoy being part of the first all-female squad in Paris, she conceded a little, adding: “Yes…I mean, I really like all of my teammates. Mostly I focus on what I can control and that is my own performance.”

Today’s test saw Amy take first in the 1.50m FEI event The Partners, with a clean 68.09s finish, beating 18 competitors from nine different countries.

A Special Way to Commemorate D-Day

Amy’s victory lap around the scenic All Canada Ring was lead by mounted troops from the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, as part of Spruce Meadows’ recognition of 80 years since Canada’s participation in the pivotal Second World War invasion known as D-Day.

President and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, presented Amy with her trophy.

Amy added: “The amount of respect that this facility gives to all of Canada, and especially the military, is fantastic. When you look at the way the world is today you kind of wonder why we didn’t learn more from all of the sacrifices of the past. My grandfather served and that is always on my mind as well.”

The course for The Partners was designed by FEI Level 4 Course Designer Marina Azebedo (BRA) and featured 11 obstacles (13 jumping efforts) across 510m.

President & CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott presents Amy Millar with her trophy. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media/Tony Lewis

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the creation of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Meadows Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sports horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.