My Equine Visit

  Well I am back from my little getaway and I am now ready to sit down and write the two new blog posts that I promised all of you. The first one, of course, will be about the horse related event during my trip. I'm sure many of you were wondering where I went, well now you're about to know. Are you ready? Here's a little hint, I went somewhere in western Canada.

  I went to... Calgary! Which is not too far of a drive from Spruce Meadows!

Picture taken by me

  We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day to watch many great athletes compete against each other for the Pan American Cup on July 14, 2013.

  Thirty-three competitors put their partnership to the test by going through a course with a height of 1.60 metres. In the end, only five went clear which lead to a jump off. 

  Some of the athletes competing were the Americans Reed Kessler on Cylana, McLain Ward on Zander, Kent Farrington on Uceko, Beezie Madden on Simon and Leslie Howard on Tic Tac. Some of the Canadians were Eric Lamaze on Power Play, Ian Millar on Dixson and Jonathan Asselin on Showgirl. 

Reed Kessler and Cylana

Picture taken by me

Eric Lamaze and Power Play

Picture taken by me

Ian Millar and Dixson

Picture taken by me

  In the end, the American Brianne Goutal on Onira, the Canadian Tiffany Foster on Verdi III, the Colombian Daniel Bluman on Sancha Ls La Silla and the Irishmen Conor Swail on Lansdowne and Cameron Hanley on Antello were the five that made it to the jump off. During the jump off everyone was on the edge of their seats hoping their favourite rider will go clear. Unfortunately, no one did so the first place went to the pair that went to fastest time with one rail down. That lucky pair was Conor Swail and Lansdowne!

Conor Swail  and Lansdowne during the Jump off

Picture taken by me

  All in all, it was an amazing day filled with a good group of competitors on two difficult courses. I truly felt like a little girl in Disneyland as I have always wanted to visit Spruce Meadows. It was great to visit some of the horses in their stalls, to spend a little bit too much at their tack shop and to sit in the sun watching the riders you see on television compete right in front of me.

  If you ever get the chance to visit Spruce Meadows, I recommend that you do. Make a day out of it, pack a lunch or buy it there and enjoy the competitions and the horses. My friends and I were surprised to learn that it didn't cost us a thing to enter and watch the competition. The competitions that do have an entrance fee are only five dollars. We couldn't believe it since we were going to watch some of the best in the sport.

  Overall, it was a wonderful day filled with wonderful memories. Here are a few other little pictures I took during my visit. I apologize for the quality of the jumping pictures as they are not the best. I am trying to save up of a telephoto lens to get a closer and more clear image without having to edit it too much.

Picture taken by me

Clock Tower

Picture taken by me

Horseshoe Globe

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Picture taken by me

   That is it until the next post which will be up very shortly. Though this was not the usual type of blog post that Pure Horse Sense is used to, I thought it would be nice to be a bit more personal and blog about my Spruce Meadows visit with all of you. With all that said, I'll leave you with one last picture; the first thing you see when you arrive and the last thing you see when you leave.

  Until next time, happy riding!

Picture taken by me

Equine News: Spruce Meadows

  For those of you who may not know about Spruce Meadows, it is a very well known show jumping competition facility in Alberta, Canada. The greatest athletes of our sport, from all over the world, travel to Alberta to compete in their shows every year.

  Since I am subscribed to their YouTube channel, I have discovered their one hour long videos that talk about some of the greatest events, horses and people in show jumping. I have watched three of them so far and I must say that they are worth your time to watch them if you love the sport of show jumping as much as I do.

  So far I have watched their three most recent videos:

  • All Access: Beezie Madden

  • Top 10 Comebacks

  • Top 10 Jump-offs

  I have enjoyed watching all three of them and plan to watch many more such as the ones on Eric Lamaze, Hickstead, Big Ben, Rodrigo Pessoa and the course designers.

  For those of you who would like to watch their videos, you can click here to go to the main video page. I will also link their YouTube channel here if you would like to see it as well as their website here. They also have a Twitter, a Pinterest and a Facebook page if you would like to stay connected with them even more. 

 Okay, I have just given all of you quite a few links (6 in all) to check out so I will leave you with that before I give you any more. I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week and I will be writing to you all very soon. Take care and thank you for reading!