Millar delivers lesson of a lifetime

DAVE DORMER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Even though she's been taking weekly riding lessons for the past five years, none have been bigger than the one Krista Rivet will receive today.

The 18-year-old from Oshawa, Ont., will spend an hour under the guidance of legendary Canadian show jumper and eight-time Olympian Ian Millar after her name was selected from 65,793 entries received in the third annual BMO Spruce Meadows contest.

"It was hard to believe at first," she said after hearing her name was drawn.

"It's pretty amazing, Ian is my hero."

Taking a break from English studies at the University of Guelph, Rivet flew to Calgary yesterday.

Following the lesson, she will take in the rest of the Masters weekend in style as part of her all-expenses paid prize.

Rivet will also be seated in the BMO Skybox during the $350,000 Nation's Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Getting tutelage from someone of Millar's calibre, said spokeswoman Jennifer Ward, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"It's big because anyone could have entered," she said.

"She's fairly excited."


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