My Review of Spruce Meadows Show Jumping Facility in Calgary

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 16th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I attended the National horse show jumping event at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, June 8 and 9 with my wife. We saw lots of beautiful horses and had a great time. I would like to tell you more about the show jumping at Spruce Meadows.

Arrival at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows is located in south Calgary. At one time they were well outside the city but now the city is growing around this equestrian facility.

Although they have many events throughout the year I have never been before, and have only watched show jumping on the television. My wife was given, for her birthday, tickets for 2 people to go to Spruce Meadows June 8 and 9. The National show was on, which featured horses and riders from all over the world, although most were from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The advance tickets included free parking in a special lot (there is also free general parting in another area), free admission (admission was otherwise $5, but is sometimes free), a Spruce Meadows yearbook, as well as reserved seating for both days (there was also free seats available).

The All Canadian Ring

Although there were many arenas the two that drew the most crowds were the All Canadian Ring and the much larger International Ring.

We stopped by the All Canadian Ring to watch a class of junior and amateur riders. It was really quite good as we could get very close to the action.

Horse show jumping is not a judged event as such, the horses are given faults based on if they knock down a fence, refuse a fence, or step in the water of a water jump. The horse with the fewest faults and fastest time is generally the winner, but I will say its a bit more tricky than that depending on the rules of the class.

The International Ring

The International Ring held the bigger course and bigger jumps, lots more seating areas too.

The horse's name is Elvis Van De Vrunte if I recall correctly. He is a 9 year old horse. The rider is Francois Mathy from Belgium. The class was the TransCanada Parcours de Chasse, and they came in third.

The jumps were very interesting in this area, although they were different for each show jumping event. There were hills and ditches, as well as colorful obstacles such as shown in the photo.

Other Things to See and Do at Spruce Meadows

Although of course you expect horses at a horse show we did not expect so many other things.

There were fantastic classic cars on display, marching bands, and even shopping. There was a playground for the children, and pony rides too. An agility dog show was going on too.

There were places to eat and a great variety of food.

Note all photos except for the one of the car, were by my wife. All are copyright owned.

Other Reading

Spruce Meadows Website

Photos of the CN Reliability Grand Prix

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
16th Jun 2013 (#)

Very sounds like a wonderful place...thanks Mark:0)

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author avatar Terry Trainor
16th Jun 2013 (#)

Sounds like a good day out, nice piece my friend.

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author avatar Mariah
16th Jun 2013 (#)

good photos of the horses and
colorful backgrounds.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Jun 2013 (#)

how marvelous to participate in this Mark ..thank you sharing....

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author avatar Johnny Knox
16th Jun 2013 (#)

Seems a s a nice day out and the horse show jumping sound as an entertaining event.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jun 2013 (#)

The closest I have come to this event is watching on TV Equestrian jumping at Olympic games. Interesting event to showcase national and international talent. Nice share, Mark, thank you - siva

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author avatar Retired
16th Jun 2013 (#)

Sounds like you had a good time.

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
16th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for a very interesting article, I really enjoyed reading it. Look forward, indeed, to the next.

Rania Seila

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author avatar Carol
18th Jun 2013 (#)

Oh it sounds like a wonderful place and event. Thanks Mark for sharing with us.

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