In Style, the Horse that Clinched Canada’s Historic 2008 Olympic Team Silver Medal, Passes Away

Christina Ryan, Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB:JUNE 13, 2009-Ian Millar on his horse In Style jump a clean round during the jump off during the CN Reliability Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Calgary June 13th.(Photo by Christina Ryan, Calgary Herald) (for Sports story by )00022238A

Sue Grange and Lothlorien Farm’s 20-year-old Holsteiner gelding In Style (Acord II x Lord) passed away on Sunday, September 27th in Cheltenham, Ontario Canada.

In Style rose to international prominence under the saddle of Canadian grand prix rider Ian Millar, with whom he won over 20 grand prix classes. Grange bought In Style in 2004 from Emile Hendrix’ Stal Hendrix in Holland with the 2008 Beijing Olympics in mind.

During the final show jumping rounds of the 2008 Olympics, when Canada was within reach of earning its first show jumping Olympic medal in four decades, it was the partnership of Millar and In Style that secured a critical clear round to force a jumpoff with the United States. The Canadian show jumping team went on to earn its historic Team Silver Olympic medal. In Style’s other career highlights included three World Cup Qualifier wins, the Canadian National Show Jumping Championship in 2004 and 2006, and victory in the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.

“In addition to being a top international show jumping horse, In Style was a very close personal friend of mine,” said Millar. “When the big moment in competition would come, I knew that he would always give me his best.”

In Style spent time off in 2009 to recover from injury before making a brief return to the ring with Millar in 2011. In 2012, he was retired to live out his days peacefully at the Grange family’s 500-acre Lothlorien Farm location in Ontario.