Canada’s equestrian Ian Millar won the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ at the weekend, putting him on course for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.
In this interview, he talks about the road ahead for the next two legs of the Grand Slam.
Your Rolex Grand Slam has now begun. How do you assess your chances at the coming Majors in Geneva and Aachen?
“Of course, we all know how difficult it is to win the Rolex Grand Slam. But we all believe that we can succeed in climbing the highest mountain. So why shouldn’t it be possible to master this challenge, too? Anyone who has the opportunity, will endeavour to pull it off. And one thing is sure: The first rider to succeed will become a legend, he will be the hero of all heroes.”
What is your opinion of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping?
“The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is a fantastic initiative. Such ideas are simply incredibly important for our sport. Not only for us athletes, but also for the promotion of the show jumping sport. We are extremely grateful to such a prestigious brand as Rolex for their commitment.”
It is going to be the first time you compete at the CHI Geneva …
“Yes, that’s right, I have never competed in the Palexpo. I have often took part in the show in Aachen, which I loved every time, but the CHI in Geneva never really fitted into my schedule, so I am really looking forward to it.”
What do you think will await you there?
“I have been following the show from a distance for a long time. And after everything I have seen and heard, the indoor hall in Geneva is like an open-air show, like Aachen or Calgary – purely with the difference that it’s got a roof on top. They even have a pond there, incredible. It is going to be a great pleasure competing in Geneva in December.”