CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament

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The CSIO Spruce Meadows' 'Masters' Tournament is an annual fall equestrian show jumping event held in Calgary, Alberta.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Historically, Great Britain currently holds more Nation's Cup titles at Spruce Meadows than any other nation with 10 victories out of the past 29. The 2006 victory by Canada marks the first time the home team has won a nation's cup at the Masters Tournament.

BMO Financial Group Nation's Cup Past Winners[edit]

Year Nation Anchor Anchor Horse Total Faults Runner Up Nation Total Faults Third Place Nation Total Faults
2015  Brazil Rodrigo Pessoa Status 13  France 16  Canada 24
2014  Canada Eric Lamaze Zigali P.S. 9  United States 13  Belgium 21
2013  Germany Hans Dieter Dreher Colore 8* (0)  Belgium 8 (4)  France 8 (4)
2012  Germany Christian Ahlmann Taloubet Z 17  Ireland 22  Netherlands 25
2011  France Roger-Yves Bost Ideal de la Loge 18  Canada 21   Switzerland 25
2010  United States 17  Ireland 21  Canada 25
2009[4]  Netherlands 1  United States 12  Mexico 14
2008[5]  United States 4  Netherlands,  Canada and  Germany 8
2007  Germany Christian Ahlmann Cöster 12* (0)  Netherlands 12 (4)  Canada 13
2006  Canada Ian Millar In Style 10* (4)  Great Britain 10 (8)  United States 16
2004  Germany
2003  Germany
2002  United States 20  Germany 32   Switzerland 35
2001  Ireland  United States
2000  Ireland
1999  Germany
1998  Germany
1997  Netherlands
1996  Great Britain
1995  Ireland
1994  United States
1993  France

* 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[edit]

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[2] 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 9, approximated 60 870; a single day record for Spruce Meadows.[6]

Masters Grand Prix[edit]

The Masters tournament culminates with one of the top Grands Prix in the world of show jumping: the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix (formerly known as the du Maurier Limited International Grand Prix)

CN International Grand Prix Past Winners[edit]

* Results courtesy of the Spruce Meadows secretary.