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“Wonderful Place All Year Round.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows
Ranked #1 of 294 things to do in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes.
Calgary, Canada
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“Wonderful Place All Year Round.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love this place. I live in Calgary so I can go all year round. Going for the world-class competitions is fantastic but I also go when nothing is happening. The grounds are beautiful and it's very quiet. I love how everyone there is so friendly. I think you can assume that they are just rich, snooty people but I've never encountered that. I walk around the barns and say hello to the horses. If someone is there with their horse, they always smile and say hi. They hold a Christmas Craft fair in November which is lovely.
When you go for a horse show, the value is exceptional. You pay a small amount for parking but after that, a lot of stuff is free. For the big events in the main ring, there are tickets you can buy to get an assigned seat. However, lots of people come early, scope out a place with a blanket and they're set for the day. The action is up-close and always exciting. The grounds and jumps are immaculate. If anyone in your family/group is a horsey person, this is a must see!

Visited September 2013
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“Champion Horsemenship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

It does not get better than this if you enjoy jumpers. I have been taking my kids since they were 3 -5 and now they are 35-37 and they now take their kids. A wonderful experience

Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Not just for horse riders!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Thus us an amazing facility on the edge of the city. There are many events held here throughout the year. A must see for the show jumping events! Well maintained and meticulously clean! Fabulous, friendly staff.

Visited June 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“world class venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

best place in the world to view equestrian events. Admission is free and parking is cheap. Beautiful park like setting. great place to spend a day or weekend with the family.

Visited April 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Spruce all year round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We headed to Spruce Meadows for their Christmas crafts. I love Spruce Meadow in the spring, summer and fall.. We love watching the horse jumping and just walking aroound the beautiful grounds. Something for everyone.

Visited December 2013
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