BMO Salutes Ian Millar and the Canadian Olympic Equestrian Team for a Silver Medal Win



    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group extends its hearty
congratulations to the Canadian Olympic Show Jumping team and "Captain Canada"
- long-time equestrian star Ian Millar - who won a silver medal in the team
jumping competition, along with fellow riders Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze and
Mac Cone. BMO has sponsored equestrian sports, including the BMO Nations' Cup
for more than 20 years; Ian has been BMO's corporate equestrian advisor and
all-round ambassador since 1988.
    "Congratulations to the entire team on their terrific performance and to
Ian who has been a great ambassador for Canada for so many years," said
Bill Downe, President and CEO, BMO Financial Group. "We will be cheering for
Ian when he climbs aboard In Style later this week for the individual
show-jumping competition. We wish him and the other Canadian riders the best
of luck."
    Fans of Ian Millar will have a chance to see Ian in person when he
returns from Hong Kong. Ian will be competing at the 2008 BMO Nations' Cup at
the Spruce Meadows Masters competition near Calgary on Saturday, September 6.
As the winner of a BMO-sponsored contest for a trip to Spruce Meadows, one
aspiring rider will enjoy a riding lesson with the Olympian on Friday,
September 5. BMO Financial Group will also be organizing an autograph session
with the champion, where fans will have a chance to see his Olympic silver
medal.
    Ian has competed in nine Olympic Games in the course of his illustrious
career. He heads the honour roll of All-Time Money Winners at Spruce Meadows,
and has been inducted to the Order of Canada and the Canadian Sports Hall of
Fame.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact, Laurie Grant, Vancouver,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Paul Gammal, Toronto,
paul.gammal@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996


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