Canada's equestrian team made their way to London England this summer for the Olympics and as a result Spruce Meadows has now become a household name for many people not only in Calgary but across Canada. Even a lot of the residents in Calgary don't know much about this equestrian facility since showjumping doesn't attract the same type of audience as a good old-fashioned hockey game or a rodeo. Now that the equestrian team has made the news, it's time to learn a bit about this place that has the glory of developing an Olympic team.
Spruce Meadows is located in Calgary's southwest corner. It will take your breath away when you stand on the 146 hectares of land and take a look to the west at the Rocky Mountains. There's an Olympic type of feel to the grounds that can't be denied and it's definitely a place to visit if you haven't seen it before.
With the ability to house 1000 horses, it's an impressive sight that holds 8 jumping tournaments indoors and 6 tournaments outdoors per year. The Masters tournament, running from September 5 to the 9, attracts visitors from across Canada, the United States and the world over. Some of the events include the CN International and BMO Financial Group Nations’ Cup and the tournament's purse amounts total more than $2 million.
It's quite an event to witness. It's not uncommon to see as many as 70,000 people arriving daily to watch the competitions. It's interesting to note that more people will be watching showjumping per year than will be watching the chuckwagon racing or the Calgary rodeo.
Maybe it's time to head out to Spruce Meadows to pay a visit.