Some of the world's best show jumpers from 20 nations are at Spruce Meadows this week to compete at this year's Masters tournament.
And once again, Priddis-based show jumper Ben Asselin, who trains out of Attache Stables, will be among them.
"This week's a very big week," Asselin explains. "I'd say (it's) one of, if not the biggest, tournament in the entire world. It's got the biggest prize money for the Grand Prix, on Sunday, in the world and it attracts some of the best athletes in the world. It's a very challenging week for each and every one of us riders."
He says he'll be working with some newer horses as he makes his way through the qualifiers this week in hopes of earning himself a spot in Sunday's Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Asselin points out that the Masters provide some valuable learning opportunities for younger competitors.
"It's great for a young rider's experience to be competing against the best riders in the world, against the best horses in the world," he says. "Just being able to watch how the top professionals do their preparation and how they compete, it's a valuable experience to be here and compete alongside them."
He says that, beyond the opportunity to catch the world-class show jumping competition, there are many reasons that families should consider coming out to Spruce Meadows during the Masters tournament.
"It looks like we'll have great weather, first of all, this weekend," he says. "It really is a special venue, it's very family-oriented and there's things to do for everybody. You don't necessarily have to be a horse addict to come to Spruce Meadows, there's lots of different activities. And it's really just a pleasureable experience to come with your family, have a picnic and watch the show jumping on the grass."
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