Team Canada show jumping Chef d' Equip Terrance Millar admits that the two medals from the last Olympics are a tough act to follow, but not an impossible task.
"Sure as they say nowhere else to go but down. It would be marvelous to repeat what we did in Beijing and it is not beyond the realm of possibility," Millar said. "It's just such a different game for us without Hickstead, perhaps one of the greatest show jumpers ever."
Millar also commented on Eric Lamaze's choice to ride Derly Chin De Muze.
"As good a nine year old as you could possibly find and pair that up with a super talented rider like Eric and anything could happen."
Millar said Canada has a solid team of riders in veteran Olympians like Lamaze, Ian Millar, Jill Henselwood and Tiffany Foster (the youngest team rider).
The team already has a schedule prepared ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
Lamaze and Foster will head back to Europe where Lamaze is presently living, while Henselwood, Millar and Candele will travel to their Ontario farms and fly to London from New Jersey on July 23, where the entire team will train at a rented facility an hour from the Olympic site. July 27 Opening Ceremonies
- August 4 - First qualifier for the Individual competition
- August 5 - Nation Cup competition 1st round
- August 6 - Nation Cup competition 2 round and medal presentation
- August 8 - Individual final competition and medal presenation
Canada's show jumping team will be looking for their 5th medal at the London Olympics.
- Team gold at the 1968 Mexico Olympics (Tom Gayford, Jim Elder, Jim Day)
- Individual silver at the 1976 Montreal Olympics (Michel Vaillincourt)
- Team silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Jill Henselwood, Mac Cone)
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- Individual gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ( Eric Lamaze)