Spruce Meadows is an equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta built by the Southern Family and opened in 1976. The show jumping complex is in the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains just south of the city and comprises 360 acres.
It hosts 500,000 visitors annually and has the stable capacity for 1,000 horses. Spruce Meadows is open for visitors 365 days of the year. It is an all-season facility that hosts conventions and trade shows as well as show-jumping and dressage events. Spruce Meadows has a television production facility that produces Spruce Meadows Chronicles, a show-jumping related TV series that is broadcast to over 100 countries, in addition to other specials and programs.
There are six major outdoor tournaments and eight indoor tournaments at Spruce Meadows annually. The indoor tournaments are known as the ‘Nakoda Series’ and are tailored for developing junior/amateur competitors. The outdoor tournaments start with the ‘Summer Series’ a five-week-long tour that comprises the following tournaments: beginning in June with the CSI ‘National’ tournament, directly followed by the CSI ‘Continental’, the ‘Skyliner’ (a strictly junior/amateur event that debuted in 2006), the CSI ‘Canada One’, and then the CSI ‘North American’ in July. The outdoor season culminates in the Tournament CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in September. Each tournament is well-recognized and attracts a wide array of athletes and their horses from around the world. Spruce Meadows was named number one show jumping facility in the world in 2001/2002 and 2003/2004.
Spruce Meadows breeds, trains, and sells Hanoverian horses. Visitors are welcome to visit the grounds, tour through the stable areas and watch the trainers exercise the horses.
Daily crowds of 50,000 people are not unusual, so the earlier you arrive at Spruce Meadows, the better chance you have of finding a seat to watch all the action on the weekend. If you want to guarantee your seat, consider purchasing a reserved seat in advance.
Visit the Spruce Meadows Shop for all of your riding or souvenir needs located in the Riding Hall.
Spruce Meadows offers an incredible experience for fans and riders alike. From novice rider development to the Olympics, Spruce Meadows supports show jumping like no other facility in the world. Starting in February with our first Classic Series event, through to our Oktoberfest tournament, there’s over $6 million in prize money to be won for the 2016 season.
In the fall and winter, Spruce Meadows offers indoor tournaments in October and the International Christmas Market, presented by TELUS held over three weekends in November. Enjoy skating on the pond under the moonlight, or tour through Spruce Meadows famous Christmas lights display throughout the holiday season.
Spruce Meadows is located on the southern city limits of Calgary, approximately 30-40 minutes from downtown Calgary and 45 minutes from the Calgary International airport. There is also a complimentary Spruce Meadows / Red Arrow Shuttle Service when events are scheduled.
If you are travelling to Alberta and visiting Calgary it is worth checking out the Spruce Meadows website for competitions and it is well worth visiting just for a look. If you are visiting the Calgary Stampede there are Show jumping events scheduled at Spruce Meadows in the last week of June through to the first two weeks of July.
For complete calendar and event information visit, www.sprucemeadows.com