Spruce Meadows’ Summer Series Cancelled Amid Growing COVID-19 Concerns

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The 45th anniversary of North America’s top show jumping facility is not to be.

Equestrian event heavyweight Spruce Meadows, of Calgary, AB, announced Monday that the 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reads the full letter from president and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott:

As the world moves to contain the COVID-19 virus, we are witnessing a remarkable collaboration of nations, provinces, communities, public health and medical professionals and governments around the globe working together to try to contain, test and treat COVID-19.

What is even more impressive is the resilience of the people – whether it is singing on the balcony, offering to shop for the house-bound, home concerts of our artists, home workouts, or even just making that friendly call to see how someone is… It is truly remarkable how in these times of social distancing the simplest act of reaching out can be so impactful.

These are such trying times and truly without precedent. It is with enormous regret that the Spruce Meadows Management team, with full respect and compliance with the recent World Health Organization, Canadian Federal and Provincial government guidelines, has made the difficult, but prudent decision, effective March 23, 2020 to officially cancel the Spruce Meadows Summer Series, including the ‘National’ June 4–7, the ‘Continental’ June 11–14, the ‘Pan American’ June 25–28 and the ‘North American’ July 1–5.  The health and well-being of our sponsors and their employees, our competitors, officials, volunteers, fans, the media, Spruce Meadows’ staff and the community at large is of paramount importance to us.

The duration of this unprecedented pandemic is unpredictable.

Spruce Meadows is YOUR Spruce Meadows and it is made possible by you. We are in this together and are making operational decisions to safeguard everyone, for today and for our future. We thank you for your continued support, understanding patience and loyalty.

In these uncertain times, when we are all concerned for our loved ones, our children and the elderly who are in a high risk category, it is our sincere hope that we will all do our part as recommended by the WHO our Federal and Provincial health authorities to flatten the curve of this pandemic.

Our thoughts go out to you and your loved ones to stay healthy and safe. Let us continue to be diligent and responsible, to follow the hygiene guidelines, practicing social distancing and self-isolation when necessary.

It is our sincere hope to see you and your loved ones back at Spruce Meadows when the time is right and when we can all put the COVID-19 safely behind us.

We wish you and your family good health and safety and we thank you once again for your continued support.

The Spruce Meadows’ Summer Series boasts four weeks of 5* competition, spanning June to mid-July and was to be an Olympic observation event for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

On Sunday, Canada and Australia announced they won’t send athletes to the Summer Games in 2020, but would fully support an Olympics in 2021. The International Olympic Committee has yet to officially postpone the Games.

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