Calgarian Wins Riding Lesson at Spruce Meadows with Olympic Silver Medalist Ian Millar

    Popular BMO-sponsored contest gives Jennifer Dawn Marschner more than she
    dreamed possible

    CALGARY, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Show jumping fan Jennifer Dawn Marschner of
Calgary will ride with Canadian show jumping legend and Olympic Silver
Medalist, Ian Millar after winning the BMO Financial Group Spruce Meadows
contest that includes a riding lesson with the nine-time Olympian on Friday,
September 5. BMO has sponsored equestrian sports for more than 20 years; Ian
has been BMO's corporate equestrian advisor and all-round ambassador since
    Jennifer Dawn's name was selected from among 3,102 entries received from
across the country in this popular contest that was launched four years ago.
"BMO recognizes that there are thousands of Canadians who love this sport and
aspire to one day see Canada's premier show jumping event, the BMO Nations'
Cup at Spruce Meadows," said Dave Sprague, Vice President, Calgary District,
BMO Bank of Montreal. "This contest is one way to make an equestrian dream
come true," he added.
    A trip for two to the 2008 Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament from
September 3 - 7, including two seats in the BMO Skybox during the $350,000 BMO
Nations' Cup on Saturday, September 6, is also part of the grand prize.
    When Jennifer Dawn received the news that she had won the contest, she
thought it was a friend playing a joke. "I had already booked the time off
from work to go to the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament and when I realized I
had really won the contest, it was pretty surreal" This is such an amazing
opportunity to meet and learn from Ian Millar, and to congratulate him in
person on his remarkable Olympic win and career."
    The 26-year old, originally from Cranbrook, BC, started taking riding
lessons when she was 10-years old, joined a pony club at 14 and also worked at
Spruce Meadows grooming horses. "I still spend some time at a local barn,
helping to groom horses and riding from time-to-time. The lesson with Ian
Millar will be a great way for me to get involved in the sport again," said
    As the founding sponsor of Spruce Meadows, BMO Financial Group has a long
and proud history of supporting equestrian sport in Canada. Since 1977, BMO
has sponsored the BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows. This year's $350,000 BMO
Nations' Cup brings together teams from Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the
Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States to compete in the richest team
show jumping event in the world.

    BMO Financial Group employs more than 2,500 people in Alberta who provide
personal, commercial and corporate customers with a full-range of expertise in
many areas, including agriculture, oil and gas, corporate banking,
international finance and wealth management. BMO Bank of Montreal operates 111
branches in Alberta.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laurie Grant, BMO Financial
Group,, (604) 665-7596; Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate
Communications,, (613) 292-5439

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