All Eyes Turn to the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*
Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada – September 05, 2023 – With the completion of the FEI Jumping European Championships (Milan, Italy) the eyes of the show jumping world turn to the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5* Tournament (September 6-10, 2023). Newly crowned individual European Champion, Steve Guerdat (SUI), will be amongst those competing throughout the week and hoping to make it to the winner’s circle.
Team Sweden has been dominating the show jumping championships as the reigning Olympic, World and most recently, European Champions, and will be defending their title as the 2022 BMO Nations’ Cup winners. Ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, the America’s (Canada, United States and Mexico) still need to qualify as teams with two opportunities left (Barcelona Nations’ Cup Finals and Pan American Games). National Federations are sure to be watching the results of this week’s ‘Masters’ competitions as team selections are finalized.
With the final competitors arriving later today, the FEI Veterinary Inspection will take place tomorrow ahead of competitions starting on Wednesday.
Sport at the 2023 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*/ 2*
The Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ takes place September 6-10, 2023 with exciting competitions each day on the International Ring and newly renovated All Canada Ring. Fans can look forward to the following competition schedule each day:
Wednesday, September 6
Cardel Homes (1.45m)
TELUS Cup (1.50m)
All Canada Ring
The Fantastic 4 (1.20m)
The Mustangs (1.30m)
Richardson Wealth Cup (1.40m)
Thursday, September 7
ATCO Cup (1.50m)
CANA Cup (1.55m)
All Canada Ring
NOV Tuboscope Cup (1.20m)
Oxford Properties Cup (1.30m)
PwC Cup (1.40m)
Friday, September 8
Paramount Resources CSI2* Grand Prix (1.45m)
Tourmaline Cup (1.60m)
ATCO Electric Six Bar
All Canada Ring
Philips, Hagar & North Cup (1.30m)
Horseware Ireland Cup (1.20m)
Saturday, September 9
Suncor Winning Round (1.50m)
BMO Nations’ Cup (1.60m)
Sunday, September 10
Enbridge Cup (1.50m)
CPKC ‘International’, presented by Rolex (1.60m)
Full Week of Fun for the Whole Family
While some of the world’s best riders and horses compete throughout the week for top honors and the world’s largest purse, outside the competition rings, there’s plenty of entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.
Noteworthy highlights this year include the enthralling Blacksmith World Championships, presented by Halo. This captivating farrier competition showcases their adeptness in horse forge with welding, shoeing, and forging. Guests can also look forward to Jonathan Field Horsemanship Demonstrations, Grand Prix Dressage demonstrations by rider Pia Fortmuller (CAN) in the Riding Hall daily, complete with a spotlight performance on the International Ring during Friday’s WestJet Evening of the Horse, and Diamond Willow Vaulting with their harmonious demonstrations of “gymnastics on horseback” throughout the week.
Outside of those mentioned, there is a full itinerary of additional demonstrations all week at the ‘Masters’. The Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Musical Ride; Show Jumping 101; Saddle Demos with DK Saddlery; Corgi Races; Brown Bear Woman Indigenous Education and more! Also included with daily admission for the kids (or kids at heart) is the Petting Zoo and Pony Rides.
Check the daily schedules HERE to see what’s happening and when each day of the ‘Masters’.
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows Media Service
Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk / Ashley Jimenez / Tony Lewis / Bart Onyszko