Ian Millar’s Star Power has Died
“It is with the deepest sadness that we report to you that Star Power passed away yesterday. It is unjust that what should have been a long and well deserved retirement.
By: Horse-Canada.com |
Ian Millar’s long-time partner, Star Power, died on Friday April 15th.
Team Millar announced the news via social media the following day:
“It is with the deepest sadness that we report to you that Star Power passed away yesterday. It is unjust that what should have been a long and well deserved retirement was cut so short. Star Power represented Canada, all of us at Millar Brooke and Team Works in such an impressive and successful manner for so long that he will not be forgotten. RIP Star, you will be missed.”
The pair enjoyed a successful partnership, with numerous international wins, and represented Canada together at the 2012 Olympic Games as well the 2011 Pan American Games.
Bred in The Netherlands and sourced by Paul and Emile Hendrix of Stal Hendrix, Star Power (Quick Star x Calvados), was purchased by the Team Works syndicate in 2010 for famed Canadian equestrian Ian Millar.
One year later, the talented bay Dutch Warmblood gelding made his major games debut as Millar’s mount at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Most notably, Star Power also carried Millar to his record 10th Olympic appearance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where they were the top-placed Canadians, finishing in ninth individually.
Not only was Star Power a strong Canadian Equestrian Team horse, he also proved to be one of the most consistent horses in the international ring. In 2011, he and Millar earned five Grand Prix victories and more than 15 top-five finishes. His 2012 season was highlighted by second place finishes in the $500,000 Winter Equestrian Festival Grand Prix in Wellington, FL, and the Nations’ Cup of Lummen, BEL. In 2013, he recorded over 10 top-five finishes.
More recently, Star Power competed with Millar’s son, Jonathon in the irons, and last represented Canada at the Ocala Nations Cup CSIO 4* in February, where the team finished seventh.
Star Power’s groom, Danny Ingratta, posted a tribute on his Facebook page:
“On Friday we had to say good bye to Star Power. He was loved by many and will always have a special place in my heart. I was fortunate enough to take care of him almost every day for three years. He was the first horse I took care of representing the Canadian Team at Nations Cup events, and was the first horse that took me on numerous unforgettable adventures throughout North America. He always kept me on my toes as he was constantly trying to squish them. He loved his bananas and pizza buns and would go nuts for honeydew Melon. I will never forget his different “voices” nor his incredible personality and talent. Pookie you were the best, with the biggest heart in the world. You did anything and everything that was ever asked of you. You will be truly missed. XOXO Rest in peace Pookie.”