Rider Biographies

Ian Millar

Discipline: Show Jumping
Date of Birth: January 6, 1947
Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Height: 6’2"
Current Home: Perth, Ontario – Millarbrooke Farm
Marital Status: married; Lynn
Coach: self

Do you have a favorite author? Who?
Hemingway

If you did not become a professional rider, what profession would you have gone into?
If I wasn’t a rider, I’d be doing something with horses.

What kind of car do you drive?
Audi is my sponsor – so an AUDI!

What is the coolest place you have ever visited? Why? When?
Perth, Ontario!

What was the most memorable/important horse show moment to you? Why?
There have been so many special moments; it is not possible to single any one out.

Who is someone that you have NEVER met, in or out of the horse industry that you would love to meet? Why?
Lee Iaccoca

What is the weirdest thing you have ever had to sign for a fan?
A Girl Guide Cookie!

What is your favorite quote and who said it?
Susie Hutchison sent me a book, which contained the sayings of her long time partner and famous horseman Jimmy Williams:
"Wisdom is knowing what to do. Knowledge is knowing how to do it. Success comes when you do it!

What is something you have done in your life that you truly regret?
There are no regrets. There are only learning opportunities. You have to take your regrettable experiences – analyze what went wrong, learn from it and move forward.

What is one of your worst habits?
I am a compulsive worker!

Do you have any good luck charms or superstitions that you live by? What?
I have had much good luck and I appreciate and value every bit of it. By the same token, I believe that you make your own luck by hard work and becoming good at what you do.

What is your all time favorite movie?
Dr. Zhivago

Do you have a favorite type of music and favorite band?
He is a fan of soft rock and oldies but can be found listening to Blue Rodeo.

What are your biggest pet peeves?
Wasted opportunities

When did you start riding and how?
He started at age 10 at Gull Lake, Lacombe, Alberta where he rented a horse from a cowboy at the general store near his cottage. Millar spent the summer riding and helping the cowboy run his business. In the fall, he started lessons from Mrs. Gardiner in Edmonton.

What has been the most embarrassing moment you have had in riding?
There are too many to recount!

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