Spruce Meadows gets Olympic Games jump

Olivier Philippaerts and Cabrio van de Heffinck
Olivier Philippaerts and Cabrio van de Heffinck at Spruce Meadows. © Kit Houghton/Rolex

The Spruce Meadows equestrian venue has bought a jump from London 2012 with funding from Jump Canada.

It has not been revealed which of the Olympic jumps Spruce Meadows has bought, but $500 from Jump Canada’s Venue Development Funding program went toward the purchase.

Eight other competitions received $500 each from the fund, which is financed by the Jump Canada Levy and which subsidizes improvements at competition facilities.

Since 2004, competitions have been invited to submit applications and receipts of work completed during the current year to the Venue Development Fund. The money is divided among the applications that the committee feels will have the most positive impact on competition improvement and the competitors’ showing experience.

Some examples of funded programs are the purchase of jumps and safety cups, development of natural obstacles like a bank or grob, enhancements to competition facilities and the purchase of equipment such as a ring conditioner. Facility improvements to footing and stabling on competition grounds are also considered.
Each competition was awarded $500 towards such improvements:

Annapolis Valley Exhibition Hunter Jumper Show (NS) – dug out new ring, installed drainage tiles, replaced gravel and placed fabric weave down, replaced majority of footing

Concours hippiques de Blainville (QC) – replaced footing in Grand Prix ring, created new jumps, purchased security system, improved communication system onsite

Edmonton Classic/River Valley Horse Show (AB) – Refurbishment of top sand ring, eventual replacement

Geary Hill Stable Equestrian Challenge #1, #2 (NB) – two liverpools were purchased, yearly repairs to jumps and fillers

Hants County Exhibition (NS) – cover for outdoor warm-up area, building with proper lighting and excellent footing

Heart of the Continent (MB) – sand added to warm-up ring, extended hunter ring

Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont (QC) – enhanced footing, improved path footing, maintenance to staircase connecting secretary’s booth and competition ring

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair (MB) – improvement of the competition equipment including new directional flags, new start/stopmarkers for the timers, etc.

Spruce Meadows (AB) – purchased Olympic Games jump.



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