The Stage is Set for the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*

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.

The 2023 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ begins Wednesday, September 6  – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

With the final competitors arriving later today, the FEI Veterinary Inspection will take place tomorrow ahead of competitions starting on Wednesday.

Steve Guerdat’s (SUI) Albfuehren’s Maddox has settled into Spruce Meadows and ready for the week – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Ashley Jimenez

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

International Ring

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

International Ring

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

International Ring

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

International Ring

Suncor Winning Round (1.50m)

BMO Nations’ Cup (1.60m)

Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Venard de Cerisy, winners of the 2021 CPKC ‘International’, presented by Rolex – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Tony Lewis

Sunday, September 10

International Ring

Enbridge Cup (1.50m)

CPKC ‘International’, presented by Rolex (1.60m)

Complimentary pony rides are included with your daily admission at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Bart Onyszko

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