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.
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 CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in September. Each tournament is well-recognized and attracts a wide array of riders 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.
In the fall and winter, Spruce Meadows offers indoor tournaments in October and the International Christmas Market, held over three weekends in November.
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*. *Please check first.
If you are travelling to Alberta and visiting Calgary it is worth checking out the Spruce Meadows website for competitions and if you are an equestrian it is well worth visiting just for a look. If you are visiting the Calgary Stampede there are CSI*5 Show jumping events scheduled at Spruce Meadows in the last week of June through to early July.
For complete calendar and event information visit, www.sprucemeadows.com
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