Jonathon Millar has a new ride in his string.
The Canadian team member took over the ride on Camil du Parc du Menobu from Quebec’s Francois Lamontagne (CAN) two and half months ago. The pair have formed a fast partnership.
“It all came together quite quickly,” said Millar. “He’s just a real game horse. He’s fun, he’s careful, and he’s fast. You always feel like you have a chance to win when you go in the ring.”
On Sunday, they did precisely that.
Millar and the 10-year-old Belgian Sport Horse captured the final class of the Ottawa International Horse Show at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON, winning the $15,000 National Grand Prix, presented by CIBC Wood Gundy.
Of the 28 entries to contest Alan Wade’s course, five advanced to the jump off. Millar and Camil du Parc were the only combination to post a double clear over the short track, stopping the clock in a time of 39.90 seconds for the win.
“I watched the first couple; they were quick, but they were having rails and issues,” said Millar.
“I obviously wanted to leave the jumps up. Camil du Parc is a quick turner, so I just tried to keep the turns really quick and neat. I felt like if I could just stay with everybody in terms of time and leave the jumps up, I’d see where it all played out. It worked nicely in our favor.”
Sixteen-year-old Sam Walker (CAN) and Quivive SZ, the winners of Friday’s $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, had the fastest time of the day, clocking in at 36.70 seconds. But a rail on course relegated them to second place.
Taylor St. Jacques (USA) Qantar des Etisses took third with four faults in a time of 40.63 seconds.