Ian Millar’s showjumper In Style dies at 20

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Ian Millar and In Style.
Ian Millar and In Style.

Canada’s Olympic team silver medal winning showjumper In Style, who carried Ian Millar to several major victories, has been euthanised at the age of 20.

The striking bay Holsteiner gelding (Acord II x Lord) was humanely euthanized on September 27, following four years of retirement at the Lothlorien home of Sue and Ariel Grange in Cheltenham, Ontario.

No other details were given by In Style’s connections.

His final days were filled with time out in the field with his ‘girls’ and the occasional leisurely hack with his owner. Known as Steven at home, in the winter he would travel with the Grange’s show horses to Florida to soak up the sun.

Imported by the Granges in 2003 from The Netherlands, In Style will always be remembered as the mount who carried Ian Millar to the fulfillment of his Olympic dreams. Having already proved theirs was a successful partnership, the duo laid down the clutch ride at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to secure Team Canada’s silver medal – the first team medal in show jumping in 40 years.

In Style and Ian Millar at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In Style and Ian Millar at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A year earlier, they had been instrumental in Canada’s team silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where In Style and Millar also finished fourth individually.

During his impressive career, In Style became a fixture on the Canadian Equestrian Team. Always a fan favourite, he made five Nations’ Cup appearances, helping lead Canada to victory in four of them. Other career highlights included three World Cup Qualifier victories, a win in the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows, and two Canadian National Championships (2004 and 2006).

An injury during the 2009 season sidelined In Style, but after a year off and a full recovery, he triumphantly returned to the ring with Millar in 2011, where he continued to add more impressive finishes to his already extraordinary resume. That would be the pair’s final season together, as In Style was retired to Lothlorien after giving so much to Millar and the entire Canadian Equestrian Team.

“He was a much loved member of the family and will truly be missed,” the Granges said.

 

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