Equine Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that Terrance Millar of Mono, ON has been appointed Team Leader of the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) for the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking place Aug. 5-21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, BRA.

As Team Leader, Millar will provide overall leadership to the CET during the 2016 Rio Olympics, and will act as the Team Liaison between the CET and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). He will also work closely with CET operations and communications management to help ensure Team Canada has world-class support during the Games, allowing athletes to focus on performance and prepare to give their all while competing on the world stage.

Millar has been a pillar in Canadian equestrian sport for more than four decades. A decorated athlete, Millar represented the Canadian Show Jumping Team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the 1972 Munich Olympics. He is also a three-time Pan American Games medalist, bringing home Team Gold and Individual Bronze in 1971, and Team Silver in 1983.

Following his illustrious competitive career, Millar turned his attention to training and coaching, acting as Chef d’Équipe for the Canadian Show Jumping Team at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome, ITA, and 2000 Sydney Olympics. His crowning achievement as Chef d’Équipe came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he led Canada to a Team Silver Medal, while Eric Lamaze went on to claim Individual Gold. In 2011, Millar was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in the Builder (Individual) category.

In addition, Millar has been the Chair of High Performance for Jump Canada since 2004, and was recently elected to the 2016 EC Board of Directors.

“Terrance is one of the most well-respected individuals in equestrian sport in Canada,” said EC CEO, Eva Havaris. “He has dedicated his life to equestrian sport as an athlete, trainer, coach, leader and builder. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our support team in Rio to ensure we collectively provide a solid foundation of support for our CET athletes in their pursuit for the podium.”

For more information on the CET’s #RideToRio, visit www.equinecanada.ca/rio2016.