Jump into summer with a world class weekend at Spruce Meadows that brings the best international show jumping athletes and horses to Calgary. There is more to Spruce Meadows than show jumping. This premiere venue has everything from shopping and kids activities to international flavours and live music that will have everyone in the family jumping for joy.

Here’s 10 reasons why Spruce Meadows is a must see experience in Calgary.

1. Admission is inexpensive

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It might surprise you to know how inexpensive it is to see the best show jumpers in the world up close and personal. Rush seating is only $5.00 while children 12 and under are free.

2. You can bring your dog

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Spruce Meadows is dog friendly so you can marvel at the best horse jumpers from around the world with your K9 pal by your side. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after Rover while on the grounds.

3. Shop till you drop

Take a break from the equestrian festivities and shop the Spruce Meadows Marketplace with over 45 vendors and exhibitors selling unique crafts, clothing, and collectibles.

4. Learn show jumping 101

Get the most out of your day at Spruce Meadows with this helpful Show Jumping 101 guide that makes the sport easy to understand. Learn about clear rounds, gaits, and the difference between an oxer and a devil’s dyke.

5. Enjoy flavours of the world

Wine and cheese with a view? Pub food on the patio? Schnitzel at the plaza? There is food to satisfy everyone’s tastes at Spruce Meadows from the Time Faults Pub and Café Vino to the international Flavours of the World Café.

6. See champion show jumpers

Spruce Meadows attracts the best show jumpers in the world and brings together elite equestrian athletes and horses. The Spruce Meadows events like the National, Continental, North America, and Masters, are marquee sports events worth checking off your bucket list.

7. Celebrate Canada

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Canada’s best show jumpers come to compete at Spruce Meadows. You can show your pride for the true north strong and free and cheer on the best equestrian athletes in Canada.

8. Bring the whole family

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Spruce Meadows is kid friendly and has face painting, wagon rides, and pony rides that will have everyone jumping for joy. The Real Canadian Superstore Playground and family favourite RE/MAX Prairie Dogs are guaranteed crowd pleasers for the whole family.

9. Music and pageantry

The entertainment doesn’t stop in the show jumping ring.  Enjoy the live entertainment when you visit including local favorites like the incredible Royal Canadians, the special rifle salute by the Feu de Joie, the music of the Calgary Stetson Show Band, Calgary Round Up Band, and the Calgary Fiddlers.

10. Pair your pretzel with a Big Rock Beer

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Make the Big Rock Brewery Beer Hut your first stop and enjoy a cold beer and an authentic Bavarian pretzel for the big game way to see the best show jumpers in the world.

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