Canadian Show Jumping team horse, Dixson, passed away at the age of 18 on September 15, 2021 at his home at Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, ON, following a happy retirement.
Born in 2003, the Belgian Warmblood gelding (Vigo D Arsouilles Stx x Olisco), owned by Ariel Grange, was an iconic horse for the Canadian Equestrian Team.
Dixson’s career with ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON began at the FEI level in 2013 at the renowned Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. A year later, Dixson and Millar would represent the maple leaf on multiple occasions in the FEI Nations Cup series, including helping Canada win the 2014 CSIO 4* Nations Cup in Wellington, FL.
Dixson’s momentum continued the following year, when he and Millar appeared in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON and helped the Canadian Show Jumping Team bring home the gold medal on home soil, which marked Canada’s first team jumping medal since 1987. The duo of Dixson and Millar would continue to win countless team medals and individual victories together before Dixson’s retirement in 2018.
"Dix was truly one of the best. The partnership between Ian Millar and Dixson was one of the best. I can honestly say he was a one-in-a-million horse, not only to compete, but to love and have in the stable,” said his owner Ariel Grange on the Lothlorien Farm Facebook post. “We will miss Dixson very much. But he will forever be engraved in Lothlorien and Canadian show jumping history.”
“Dixson and Ian were contenders every time they stepped into the ring, their synergy was impressive to witness, they helped Team Canada secure many wins over the years,” stated Karen Hendry-Ouellette, EC Manager, Jumping. “All of us were very fortunate to share in the tremendous victories produced by this duo.
“A huge thank you to Ariel Grange and her Team at Lothlorien Farms (past and present) for making Dixson available to the Canadian Show Jumping Team.”
Sincere condolences are extended to owner Ariel Grange, Lothlorien Farms, and the Millar family.
Photo: Dixson and Ian Millar competing at Spruce Meadows in 2013. Credit: Robin Duncan Photography