It is with great sadness that Spruce Meadows announces the passing
on January 21, 2016 of its Founder and Co-Chairman, Ronald D. Southern.

In April of 1975 the Southern family officially opened Spruce Meadows. Over the last 40 years, Spruce Meadows, as a result of the leadership and vision of Ron Southern, has become an iconic sports venue and is today recognized as the leading venue in the world for international show jumping.

The Founder’s simple recipe of “Good Friendship, Good Commerce and Good Sport” has provided valuable guidance and a wonderful platform for Spruce Meadows through the decades. So too has his genuine lifelong commitment to excellence, which he brought to everything in his life.


"Going far beyond the call of duty.
Doing more than others expect.
This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards,
looking after the smallest details and going the extra mile.

Excellence means caring.
It means making a special effort to do more."

- R.D. Southern

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to please consider making a donation to the following:

Donate to Juvenile Diabetes

For over 40 years, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy.

During that time, we have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology.

A tax receipt will be provided by JDRF.

Contribute to the Spruce Meadows Beautification Project

The beautification of Spruce Meadows is about flower gardens, lawns and grassy berms, spruce trees and aspen groves, wetlands, nesting birds and trout-filled ponds, fountains and statuary.

These are all key ingredients that, blended together, continue the venue's decades-long reputation for distinctive landscapes, architectural quality and best environmental practices.

Please Note: A tax receipt will not be available as this is not a registered charity.

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