Equestrian Champion to Speak at U of G


Noted equestrian and Olympic medalist Ian Millar will speak on the opportunities and challenges of engaging professionals in the horse industry at the University of Guelph Nov. 19.

Ian Millar

Ian Millar

Millar, a 10-time Canadian national champion and Olympian, will speak in Rozanski Hall, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission for the event, which is presented by Purina. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., and Millar’s talk starts at 7 p.m.

The most decorated equestrian in Canadian history, Millar has made a record-setting 10 Olympic appearances. Nicknamed “Captain Canada,” he won silver in 2008 at the Beijing Games.

“The skills and knowledge of the people who care for horses and manage equine businesses are vital to the advancement of the industry,” said Andreas Boecker, acting associate dean (academic) of the Ontario Agricultural College.

“This event is part of the University of Guelph’s overall efforts to connect and collaborate with the equine sector more broadly. It is an opportunity for our students, alumni and community members to hear from an equine legend and also meet others from across the equine disciplines. Of course, it’s a great opportunity to get a selfie with ‘Captain Canada,’ too.”