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50 Days to the Summer Series

Only 50 Days Left Before the Start of the Summer Series

Today marks 50 days to the start of the Summer Series! The biggest and brightest time of the Spruce Meadows calendar, it is set to be especially exciting in 2012.

The Summer Series is a five-week long tour consisting of the following tournaments: the “National” (June 6 – 10), the “Continental” (June 14-17), the “Skyliner” (June 20-24), the “Canada One” (June 28 – July 1), the “North American” (July 4-8) and the biggest event of our season, the “Masters” (September 5 – 9).  These five weeks offer the best of show jumping, with competitions ranging from pony divisions and juniors to professionals ranking amongst the world’s most elite athletes.

This year we’ve added new equitation events and parcours de chasse competitions to our event roster, and visitors can look forward to the unveiling of the new All Canada Ring. This year is Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and we are celebrating in fine style over the summer, with a special emphasis on the ACTO Electric Queen Elizabeth II Cup during the “North American.” The spectacular “Feu de Joie” (Fire of Joy) ceremony will take place during this tournament in honour of Her Majesty. One hundred soldiers will march across the International Ring, stand on guard, and then prepare to fire a volley of shots that surge like a wave around the area. Originally a British military celebration of victory, the “Feu de Joie” is an impressive display that never fails to amaze.

If you happen to visit on the Saturdays and Sundays during the “National” and the “North American,” you’ll be able to enjoy the Parade of Nations. Join us in supporting our extraordinary international athletes—in addition to local bands and entertainment--as they are showcased in the International Ring.

The “Masters” is the jewel in the crown of the Summer Series, and this Diamond Jubilee year makes it even more remarkable. The Celle Stallions from Germany will be performing musical quadrille dressage patterns daily in the International Ring. Rarely seen outside of Europe, these Celle Stallions are a vision of precision and elegance. The “Masters” will also feature the Band of the Grenadier Guards. Based out of Wellington Barracks in St. James’ London, they have been filling the streets of London with music and color for over three centuries and have stood witness to many historic events—including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Join us on the Friday night of the “Masters” for their performance, which will be accompanied by a spectacular live fireworks display.

And we can’t forget about the Spruce Meadows Prairie Dogs presented by ReMax!  They will be back again for their 25th season during the “National,” the “North American” and the “Masters.” These entertaining pooches love entertaining their thousands of fans, young and old. If you are a fan (and if you are excited about the Summer Series, you most certainly are!), don’t be afraid to show it. The Show Your Community Spirit competition during “National” could net your community group a cash prize, so make sure to dress up and make some noise!

The 2012 Summer Series at Spruce Meadows is going to be both thrilling and memorable. Get your ticket and share it with us!