Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spruce Meadows

Hubby and I will be going north on Thursday, and will fly over Spruce Meadows which is just outside Calgary.  It is the mecca for show jumping in North America.  So I will be out of touch for a bit while we are enjoying the great cold outdoors in Alberta, read snow skiing.  Conditions are wonderful from what I hear.

Spruce Meadows was built by the Southern family in 1976 and comprises 360 acres just outside Calgary.  There are six major outdoor tournaments and eight indoor ones there each year.  The indoor events are known as the 'Nakoda Series' and are tailored for developing junior and amateur riders (all show jumping).  The outdoor ones start with the 'Summer Series' a five-week long tour that begin in June.  Spruce Meadows was named the number one show jumping facility in the world in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004.

The facility attracts 500,000 visitors annually and can stable 1000 horses.  It is open 365 days a year.


You can bet that the top horses in North America will be at Spruce Meadows this year!   Enjoy this last week in February. See you in March.  In the meantime I am hoping to find some great powder at Lake Louise. 

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