'Masters' CSIO 5*
The eyes of the world are focused on Spruce Meadows as the best athletes from the world's top show jumping nations compete for prize money and international acclaim during the Spruce Meadows 'Masters'. Family entertainment and shopping opportunities are available for guests from Wednesday to Sunday.
July 16, 2015
2016 'Masters' Tickets
On sale to the public on March 1, 2016
The German State Stud Stallions
Location: International Ring
The German State Stud Stallions exude elegance and perfection, their classical lines the result of years of select breeding, using only those animals that meet the State Stud's high standards.
The Landgestüt evaluate jumper stallions at age two and select for conformation, movement and free-jumping ability. By the time they are four, they have undergone intensive training and are performance-tested for jumping, dressage, gaits and rideability. Such rigorous testing ensures only the top animals are bred, a system that has proven its success over and over in the competition ring.
Seldom are horse owners able to trace their horses' pedigree back three centuries, but many German stud books have documented breeding lines since the 1700s when King George II of Hanover requested English Thoroughbred stallions be introduced into the bloodlines of heavy warmblood farm horses. These stud books are some of the oldest, tracing the development of German horses from a work, carriage and military horse to today's high performance equine. Refinement is maintained through infusion of Thoroughbred, Trakehner and Anglo-Arabian lines. In 1975, Spruce Meadows became the first facility in Canada to establish a Hanoverian breeding program.
Don’t miss the salute to German sport horses with the Stallions of State Studs staging demonstrations of superb horsemanship and equine artistry.