Video: Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5* – show jumping Grand Slam lands in Canada this week

Aerial view of Spruce Meadows with International Ring in foreground
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Tuesday 04 September - 14h33 | Ian Clayton

Video: Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5* – show jumping Grand Slam lands in Canada this week

This week, one of the richest and most prestigious show jumping competitions on the planet is taking place in Canada: the CSIO 5* Spruce Meadows Masters. 

 - Video: Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5* – show jumping Grand Slam lands in Canada this week

Tiffany Foster and Figor at Spruce Meadows earlier in 2018

The world-renowned competition, which runs from September 5–9, features both a Nations Cup and Sunday’s 1.70m Grand Prix with its massive prize money of $3 million Canadian dollars, or more than US $2.28 million – the richest in the world. It is also part of the Rolex Grand Slam of major show jumping competitions in Aachen, Spruce Meadows, Geneva and ´s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. 

According to Grand Slam rules, “The system of the Rolex Grand Slam is simple: Anyone, who wins three shows in a row, receives 1 million Euros on top of the prize-money of each show. If that same rider then continues their success by winning a fourth Major in succession, they will be rewarded with an additional 1 million Euro bonus. Moreover, anyone who wins two out of the four shows, also receives a bonus.  If two shows are won in succession, the bonus is 500,000 Euros. If the rider is successful in qualifying for the “Two out of four mode”, but doesn’t claim the victories at two consecutive shows, the bonus total 250,000 Euros.  It is only the rider that counts. It is possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. This system is infinite, it is not limited to a calendar year.”

This year, the emblematic Canadian show is running up against other equestrian events on the international competition calendar, including the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games later this month, as well as the penultimate stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome this week. And this year, the Eternal City in Italy will play host to perennial Spruce Meadow contender Scott Brash, who does not have the horses this year for the particularly demanding Masters courses in the International Arena at Spruce. 

Nevertheless, many top riders are at the competition near Calgary this week, including:  Eric Lamaze, Conor Swail, Philipp Weishaupt, Kent Farrington, Kevin Jochems, Nigel Coupe, Ian Millar, Nicola Philippaerts, Tiffany Foster, Daniel Coyle, Daniel Bluman, Beezie Madden, Charlie Jacobs, Steve Guerdat, Jerome Guery, Marcus Ehning, Luciana Diniz, Holger Wulschner, Abdel Said, and Sameh el Dahan. The schedule is here. 

Panoramic photo from Rolex Grand Slam. Video below about the arrival of some horses at the Calgary International Airport this week courtesy of Spruce Meadows.

 - Video: Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5* – show jumping Grand Slam lands in Canada this week


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