Spruce Meadows is one of the world's most premier horse show jumping facilities. It has been voted #1 in the world for the past four years. Built in 1973 by Ron and Marg Southern, the complex was opened in 1975. Today, the site boasts over twenty buildings; seven permanent stables, two indoor arenas, tournament centre, administrative offices, Congress Hall, British House, on-line television production suite, maintenance, and storage buildings - all encompassed within 300 acres. Spruce Meadows boards approximately 80-100 horses year round, but can have over 300 horses lodged during tournaments.
Over 300 000 visitors come to Spruce Meadows every year. Spruce Meadows hosts four major tournaments each year, culminating with the Masters in September. The tournaments attract Olympic and world champion riders and horses.
The grounds of Spruce Meadows are open 365 days a year. Admission to the grounds are free, however admission is charged for tournaments.
How to get thereEdit
Spruce Meadows is located on the southern city limits of Calgary, approximately 30-40 minutes from downtown Calgary and 45 minutes from the Calgary International Airport.
To reach Spruce Meadows from:
MacLeod Trail: Go south on MacLeod Trail then approx. 2km west on Spruce Meadows Trail (also known as Hwy 22X)
Deerfoot Trail: Go south on Deerfoot Trail then approx. 5 km west on Spruce Meadows Trail (also known as Hwy 22X and Marquis of Lorne Trail)
Highway 2 (from south of Calgary): Before reaching the southern city limits of Calgary, turn west on Spruce Meadows Trail (also known as Hwy 22X and Marquis of Lorne Trail)
During tournaments, free bus service is offered. Spruce Meadows/Red Arrow bus fleet will pickup passengers from the SOMERSET /BRIDLEWOOD LRT Station.