CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament
The CSIO Spruce Meadows' 'Masters' Tournament is an annual fall equestrian show jumping event held in Calgary, Alberta. It is highlighted by the BMO Financial Group Nations’ Cup which offers a C$350,000 purse and is notable as "richest team show jumping event in the world" and also by the C$1,000,000 CN International.. Total purse amounts for the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' amount to over $2 million making it one of the richest show jumping events in the world.
Historically, Great Britain currently holds more Nation's Cup titles at Spruce Meadows than any other nation with ten victories out of the past twenty-nine. The 2006 victory by Canada marks the first time the home team has won a nation's cup at the Masters Tournament. In 2007 Germany won the Nation's Cup in a jump-off against the Dutch.
BMO Financial Group Nation's Cup Past Winners
|Year||Nation||Anchor||Anchor Horse||Total Faults||Runner Up Nation||Total Faults||Third Place Nation||Total Faults|
|2007||Christian Ahlmann||Cöster||12* (0)||12 (4)||13|
|2006||Ian Millar||In Style||10* (4)||10 (8)||16|
* Denotes win by jump-off with the bracketed numbers indicating faults taken during jump-off
- The 2005 competition failed to yield results due to heavy rains.
2006 Nation's Cup Results
Despite taking only a mere six faults up to the final round, Great Britain created a jump-off situation during their final ride as their squad gained four faults to equal Canada's ten. The competition then culminated in a thrilling jump-off between the two teams as anchor riders Michael Whitaker and Ian Millar were selected to represent their respective teams. Despite faulting for the first time that day, it was Canada's Ian Millar riding eleven year old gelding In Style who ensured Canada's first victory at this tournament. Taking the bronze was United States' national team, who rode strongly; taking only sixteen faults. The remaining rankings saw Germany take fourth place, the Netherlands achieving fifth place, and Belgium finishing in sixth.
Despite fairly warm temperatures and windy afternoon showers, attendance at the 2006 Nation's cup final held Saturday, September 9th, approximated 60 870; a single day record for Spruce Meadows.
Masters Grand Prix
The Masters is one of the top Grand Prix's in the world of show jumping. In 2007, the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix (formerly known as the du Maurier Limited International Grand Prix) winner received CA$325,000 first prize.
CN International Grand Prix Past Winners
- 2007 Eric Lamaze 22x20px CAN and Hickstead
- 2006 Eugenie Angot 22x20px FRA and Cigale du Tallis
- 2005 Beezie Madden 22x20px USA and Judgement
- 1999 Rene Tebbel 22x20px DEU and Radiator
- 1997 Leslie Burr-Howard 22x20px USA and S’Blieft
- 1996 Peter Charles 22x20px IRL and La Ina
- 1990 Otto Becker 22x20px DEU and Optibeurs Pamina
- 1984 Heidi Robbiani Template:Country data CH and Jessica V
- 1983 Norman Dello Joio 22x20px USA and I Love You
- 1982 Malcolm Pyrah 22x20px GBR and Towerlands Anglezarke
* Results courtesy of the Spruce Meadows secretary.
- ↑ Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Hunter Jumper News » Blog Archive » Jump Canada Announces Nations’ Cup Team for Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’
- ↑ http://www.sprucemeadows.com/masters.htm (6:00pm 25 October 2007)
- ↑ http://www.calgarysun.com (10 September 2006 )
- ↑ Slavin, Michael (1998). Show Jumping Legends, Ireland 1868 -1998. Wolfhound Press. ISBN 0-86327-657-1. pg 142