Over 150 Horses are Competition Ready for the 2023 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*

Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada – September 05, 2023 – Spruce Meadows was bustling with activity as  final preparations were in full swing ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the Spruce MeadowsMastersCSIO 5*. World-class athletes and horses from across the globe have arrived by air and land over the last week in anticipation of the start of competitions. Over 150 of horses completed today’s FEI Veterinary Inspection ahead of the week’s events and are eager to jump into action.

Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Amy Millar (CAN) exercise their horses this morning – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

World-class competition everywhere at the Spruce MeadowsMasters‘. The forges are ablaze as contenders for the World Championship Blacksmith competition are honing their skills. Tomorrow, their competition officially begins, but today, we were fortunate to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what lies ahead.

Matthew Sampson (GBR) winner of the 2022 TELUS Cup – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

Competitions Start Today!

The Spruce MeadowsMasters’ 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 competitions today:

Wednesday, September 6

International Ring

#810 Cardel Homes (1.45m)

#815 TELUS Cup (1.50m)

All Canada Ring

#801 The Fantastic 4 (1.20m)

#804 The Mustangs (1.30m)

#807 Richardson Wealth Cup (1.40m)

Wednesday, September 6

Press Conference Following:

#815 TELUS Cup (1.50m)

The newly renovated All Canada Ring is complete and ready for competition – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

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.

The front gates are open starting today to welcome guests – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

Here’s what’s happening today:

Gates Open to the Public  9:00am

Public Parking │ Lot #2

Included in Daily Admission

Blacksmith World Championships │ Blacksmiths compete daily

Brown Bear Woman Teepee Village│Indigenous traditions, culture, & history

Petting Zoo │Fun for kids and families!

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)│ Musical Ride & Tent Pegging

MARKT. Lifestyle + Fine Art │Shop over 160 vendors!

Pony Rides │Kids can enjoy pony rides!

Jonathan Field Horsemanship│Discover horsemanship skills

Band of the Household Cavalry│Enjoy live music

Dressage Demo │ Witness the elegance of dressage

Flower Arranging │Special floral design demonstration

Vaulting │Watch elegant gymnastics and dance on horseback

Show Jumping 101 │ Learn about sport horse care and training

Lorie Duff Horsemanship │Explore liberty horsemanship

Saddle Demos with DK Saddlery │Learn about the importance of saddle fit

Brown Bear Woman Performance │An exciting performance awaits

Globefest: The Orb Odyssey │the hunt is on

Walking the bridle path – Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk

Check HERE for the most up to date schedules of what’s happening and when each day of the ‘Masters’.

Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows Media Service

Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk