Southern Family purchases original property south of Calgary
- former feedlot.
Riding Hall Construction
Ground breaking and construction commences on the Riding Hall and East and West Meadows.
Spruce Meadows Official Opening Ceremonies.
Attendance and History Made
The first time annual attendance reaches 50,000.
Eddie Macken & Carroll's Boomerang win the Rothmans Grand Prix in 1979 at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament. The Incredible combination from Ireland stunned the crowd as they won four events in four days, cementing their legacy in Spruce Meadows' history.
Upgrades and Expansion
1980 - Upgrades made to the Rocky Mountain Hunter Ring and the Club Car used by Queen Elizabeth II to travel across Canada at the age of 16 acquired by Spruce Meadows and positioned on this ring.
1981 - Inaugural $85,000 du Maurier International - the world's richest Grand Prix.
1982 - Spruce Meadows expands its tournament list to four: National, Canada One (called Jumping Calgary), North American (called The Junior) and the Masters.
1983 - Inaugural Spruce Meadows Equi-Fair (originally called Equitana - North America).
1984 - Ian Millar's famous horse Big Ben first visit to Spruce Meadows.
1985 - Spruce Meadows introduces North America's first professional show jumping team - Team Spruce Meadows (TSM).
World Championship and Royal Visit
1986 - Gail Greenough, a former junior rider at Spruce Meadows, becomes the first woman, and first North American, to win the World Championship.
1987 - Spruce Meadows awards over $1 million in annual prize money for the first time.
May 14, 1988 - Royal visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Spruce Meadows hosts ABC Sports for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
West Grandstand and Skyboxes built.
Another Royal Visit
Royal visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Family of the Horse bronzes were commissioned - one was dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Spruce Meadows and the other was gifted to the City of Calgary and is located in front of City Hall.
Changing Fortunes Round Table
Inaugural Changing Fortunes Round Table was introduced. Topic: Canada - The Netherlands. Keynote speakers were: Pierre Everaert, President Royal Ahold N.V. and The Honourable Peter Lougheed, former Premier, Province of Alberta.
Official Openings and Winners
1992 - Official opening of the Congress Hall and Meadows on the Green Ring.
1993 - Great Britain's Nick Skelton joins Ian Millar (CAN) and John Whitaker (GBR) as two-time winners of the du Maurier International.
1994 - Unveiling of the Spruce Meadows Production and Edit Suite - the first Sony Digital post production facility in Canada.
1995 - Construction completed on the Equi-Plex.
Atlanta Summer Olympic Games
Spruce Meadows President, Linda Heathcott, named to the Canadian Team and competes at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.
Nations' Cup, British House and Name the Foal
1997 - Spruce Meadows named as host venue for the inaugural Nations' Cup Series Final.
1998 - The British House is completed adding six skyboxes and two additional banquet venues to Spruce Meadows.
1999 - Spruce Meadows introduces Name the Foal.
The First $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix
Two athletes, Canada's Ian Millar and Great Britain's Michael Whitaker surpass the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings at Spruce Meadows. First million dollar grand prix in the world held at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Toournament.
The Vote is in!
2001 - Spruce Meadows voted the Best Sporting Venue by the Canadian Event Industries Awards.
2002 - Spruce Meadows voted the #1 Outdoor Show Jumping Venue.
FEI Children's Jumping Final, Defending Titles and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
2003 - Spruce Meadows hosts the FEI Children's International Jumping Final for the first time.
2004 - Spruce Meadows defends its title and is voted the #1 Outdoor Show Jumping Venue (award no longer exists).
2005 - Recognition Award: Spruce Meadows Co-Chairman Marg and Ron Southern are inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
President and Rolex Clock
2006 - Linda Heathcott is named President of Spruce Meadows. 3m Rolex Clock installed into the Clock Tower on the International Ring.
Spruce Meadows named a Canadian Superbrand.
Jumps added top Spruce Meadows Championship Collection from the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Rejuvenation, Awards and Christmas Market Lights
2010 - Begin rejuvenation of the International Plaza.
2011 - Completion of renovations to the All Canada Ring, Paddock Park and Central Park.
2011 - Awarded Best Tournaments by the North American Riders Group and the 2011 Meeting Professional International Venue of Influence Award.
2011 - Inaugural Christmas Market Lights at Spruce Meadows.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal
Ron and Margaret Southern are awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal by His Honour Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Pan American and Canada House
Inaugural 'Pan American' Tournament begins.
Work on the South Pavilion begins and is completed by the 'Masters'. Officially opened as the Canada House.
Founders Plaza and History Made
Construction started on the Founders Plaza.
Canada sweeps the weekend at the 'Masters' BMO Nations' Cup and CP International Grand Prix, presented by Rolex.
Horses Jump to give a Leg Up
Horses Jump to give a Leg Up Program is back for another year with 20 fiberglass horses designed by various Alberta-based charities.
Leg Up Foundation
Launch of Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation.The Foundation is committed to supporting education, health, wellness, amateur and grassroots sports and will be raising funds throughout the year for these key areas. We are proud of the fact that we support a broad range of initiatives and charities from families facing illness of a child, organisations that assist in our community, to student athletes. With your support, we are creating positive change and touching the lives of thousands. Click here to Support the Foundation.
40th Anniversary & Founders Dedication
Spruce Meadows 40th Anniversary Year celebrated. June 2nd, also saw the Founders Plaza dedication: Founders statue unveiled at the 'National' Tournament.
Spruce Meadows Run Series
Introduction of the Spruce Meadows Run Series and featuring four road race events. Three of the four events in the Run Series are chip-timed races. These races will include a 5 km or a 10 km course options to choose from. Click here for more information.
Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping History at Spruce Meadows
Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos made history by being the first to win the Rolex Grand Prix of Show Jumping at Spruce Meadows. By winning the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows, the rider took home the competition’s winning prize of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (the equivalent of about €350,000). He was then awarded an additional bonus of €1 million for winning all three events in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. www.rolexgrandslam.com