Oshawa Teen Wins Riding Lesson at Spruce Meadows with Eight-time Olympian Ian Millar

    Popular BMO contest leads up to BMO Nations' Cup excitement

    CALGARY, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Show jumping fan Krista Rivet of Oshawa,
Ontario, rode with Canadian show jumping legend Ian Millar on Friday after
winning the BMO Financial Group Spruce Meadows contest that included a riding
lesson with the eight-time Olympian.
    The 18-year-old's name was selected from among 65,793 entries received
from across the country. BMO launched the contest in 2005 as part of its
long-standing support of show jumping in Canada and to coincide with the BMO
Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows, AB. A trip for two to this year's Spruce
Meadows "Masters" Tournament, including two seats in the BMO Skybox during the
$350,000 BMO Nations' Cup on Saturday, September 8, was also part of the grand
    When Rivet received the news that she had won the contest, she could
hardly contain her excitement. "It was hard to believe at first," said the
young woman who began taking weekly riding lessons five years ago at a local
stable. "It is pretty amazing. Ian is my riding hero."
    Although Rivet has just begun her studies at the University of Guelph,
where she is majoring in English, she doesn't mind taking a short break to
visit Spruce Meadows in person, having watched the "Masters" Tournament on
television for many years.
    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 on Saturday, September 8.

    BMO Financial Group employs more than 2,300 people in Alberta who provide
personal, commercial and corporate customers, with expertise in many areas,
including agriculture, oil and gas, corporate banking, international finance
and wealth management. BMO Bank of Montreal has 106 branches in Alberta, of
which 23 are In-Store branches in Canada Safeway.

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For further information:

For further information: Laurie Grant, BMO Financial Group,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 318-0735 (cell); Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate
Communications, jward@startinggate.ca, (613) 292-5439 (cell)

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