Naming a horse from a premier international horse venue is an honour few people get, but one that anyone has a chance to experience at Spruce Meadows.
The CN/Sun Media Name the Foal contest gives horse lovers the world over the chance to name three Hannoverians born at Spruce Meadows each spring.
The contest is a fan favourite, a fact that was made evident after the first two weeks of competition this season, when the venue received more than 10,000 entries, said Spruce Meadows promotions co-ordinator Amy Evelein.
"We've gotten entries from the U.S., the U.K, Europe, everywhere," she said.
The winners of this year's contest, who will be announced during the Spruce Meadows' Masters later this year, will name two boys, both born in April, and a filly born in May.
Following the old Hannoverian tradition, all the foals must have the same first letter in their name as their sire.
This year's colts share the letter F, while the filly is an S.
Transportation and accommodation will be provided to those whose names are chosen for the foals.
During the naming ceremonies, which will take place front and centre in the International Ring, the winners will receive Spruce Meadows jackets and a replica of the plaque that will adorn the Hannoverians' stables, said Evelein.
Names can be submitted through the Internet, at www.sprucemeadows.com, by mail to Name the Foal Contest, c/o Spruce Meadows, RR 9, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2J 5G5, or fax at (403) 974-4245.
"We definitely get tens of thousands of e-mails but we also get stacks ... of regular mail," said Evelein.
"The mail-ins are the most personable ones because they say who they are, and explain why they chose the names ... I love to open those."
The contest closes July 31.