Home: Perth, Ontario
Born: February 14, 1977
Amy Millar was born into the world of show jumping. As the youngest child of 10-time Olympian Ian Millar and his late wife Lynn, one could say that she has horses in her blood. Growing up, Amy learned the ins and outs of the business from the ground up and began riding before she could even walk, but it was hard work and raw talent that has propelled her to the top level of the sport. With more than 25 grand prix career wins to date, she’s a fierce competitor, accomplished trainer, and doting mother.
After a brief, and what she calls “sporadically successful,” stint in the hunter and equitation rings, she followed her famous father’s footsteps into the jumper divisions and found her niche.
At 19, Amy entered the Grand Prix ranks aboard the Danish Warmblood gelding Zagal. The pair had a highly successful season capped by an Individual Silver medal at the North American Young Riders’ Championship. The impressive result earned them a spot on the 1997 Short List for the Canadian Equestrian Team and one of two Firestone Development Scholarships. Two months later, they logged their first international victory, winning the 1997 Desert Circuit Six-Bar challenge in Indio, California. Zagal made Amy a Grand Prix rider, but it was with the Oldenburg gelding Mont Cenis that she became an international success.
Taking over the ride from her father, Amy recorded a slew of top five finishes with the black gelding in 1999. She was officially named to the Nations Cup Team that fall, tapped to ride for Canada at the Washington International Horse Show. Unfortunately, a week before the event, the gelding suffered a hoof abscess. Amy competed on a borrowed mount, narrowly missing a berth on that year’s Pan American Games team.
In 2000, her star power continued to rise with the quirky gelding Manhattan. Amy won the inaugural Jaguar Triple Crown Series that summer, narrowly beating her father for the coveted car. She again earned a spot on the Canadian Nations Cup team, this time riding with her father, brother, and Jill Henselwood at the prestigious Spruce Meadows Masters tournament in Calgary, Alberta. In what would become a record of firsts, the Millars made history that day as the only Canadian Nations Cup team to include three members from the same family.
The following year, Team Millar broke new ground again as Amy, Jonathon, and Ian found themselves the only three members of a first-place tie-breaker in a $100,000 grand prix in Ocala, Florida. Jonathon won, followed by his father, then followed by Amy. Lynn Millar called it, “the most exciting moment of my career.”
Between 1997 and 2000, Amy juggled a degree in Business Administration at Ryerson University and an increasingly competitive show jumping career. Upon graduating, she moved to the United States for two years to work for Kinloch Farm and later, Sam Edelman. She was selected as a member of the inaugural Developing Riders’ Tour that competed in several Nations’ Cup events in Europe in 2001 and 2002.
In 2003, she returned to the family’s Millar Brooke Farm full time. It was then that she found the partner she is best known for today: Costa Rica Z.
Together, Amy and the charismatic grey mare collected more than 60, top-ten Grand Prix finishes, including seven victories and numerous awards and titles. They won the Kubota Cup Series Eastern Conference in 2007 and competed for Canada on several Nations Cup teams. Amy twice finished the year on top of the national Jump Canada series both in 2007 and 2008 based primarily on results she earned with Costa Rica Z.
Out of competition for the first half of 2010 on maternity leave, Amy gave birth to a daughter, Lily Evelyn Millar Jukosky, in May. Two months later, she returned to competition, recording the most consistent season of her career. In January 2012, she achieved a career best on the Rolex World Rankings as the fourth ranked rider in Canada.
In 2015, Amy began competing with her current equine partner, the 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Heros. The pair were Canada’s top performers at the 2016 Nations Cup in Ocala, Florida as well as members of the third-place finishing BMO Nations Cup team during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in September.
Amy followed in her father’s footsteps making her Olympic debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where she and Heros were part of Canada’s fourth placed finish in the team event, in a jump-off for bronze against Germany. Amy finished in 38th place individually.
Amy was crowned the Canadian Show Jumping Champion at the 2017 Royal Winter Fair after earning several top-ten results.
Amy started off her 2019 season with top placings at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. She and Truman came close to victory, but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3*. She and Heros were an integral part of the bronze medal-winning Canadian Team in the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*, and the pair also took seventh place in the $209,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Grand Prix CSI4*.
In May, her legendary father announced his retirement from international show jumping competition after nearly five decades at the top level, to re-focus his efforts on coaching and developing young horses. This summer, Amy has earned many top-ten placings in her home nation at the Caledon CSI3*, Spruce Meadows CSI5*, Ottawa CSI3* and Bromont CSI3*.
Amy works alongside her father, brother, and sister-in-law at the family’s Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, Ontario where she trains her own mounts and coaches the many students that form Team Millar. She is married to Brad Jukosky.