'Masters' hot to trot in the cold

NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:17 AM ET

Die-hard equestrian fans don't care weather it's hot or cold -- the show goes on, either way. And that's how it was at Spruce Meadows this week despite less than ideal conditions for the outdoor shows.

"Given the weather, it was outstanding," spokesman Ian Allison said yesterday when nearly 50,000 came to the grounds for the final day of the 'Masters' tournament.

"People soldiered on ... we had full grandstands and we had great sport," he said.

On the last day of the outdoor season, American Beezie Madden won the Molson Cup in the morning.

That was followed by Belgium's Jos Lansink taking home the $325,000 top prize in the $1 million CN International.

Michelle Lee was among a group of spectators from Victoria who enjoyed the warmth and endured the chill of Alberta autumn over two days at the 'Masters.'

"It's a bit of a switch, but typical of Alberta," Lee said.

Her pal, Jackie Biggs, thrilled with her first visit to Spruce, was not about to let a fickle Mother Nature put a damper on things.

"It's great, it's like Disneyland for riders," said Biggs

Spruce Meadows television and media press officer Sheryl Hull said it's no surprise fans are happy to bundle up to take in the shows.

"It's just so weather dependent."

Spruce Meadows equestrian competitions will start up again in October with the indoor Harvest Classic.


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