Overview

Join Ottawa’s equestrian community, athletes, enthusiasts, food lovers and families on July 15th to celebrate the beauty and splendour of equestrian sport on the picturesque grounds of Wesley Clover Parks.

Nestled between two weeks of thrilling show jumping competition, Spurs & Sparkles adds to the excitement of the world class Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments held annually in Ottawa. The event offers exceptional company, one-of-a-kind entertainment, incredible prizes, and local craft brews paired with delectable food provided by the Brookstreet Hotel. As you mingle under The Capital Tent by Ottawa Tourism, you’ll also enjoy the wildly entertaining Get Up & Gallop event. It’s off to the races in this rousing competition, where local corporate business leaders driving golf carts team up with distinguished and internationally awarded equestrians on horseback to compete for the best time in an orchestrated obstacle course. Be a part of the Get Up & Gallop action by participating in the Calcutta auction to bid on your favourite team!

Proceeds from Spurs & Sparkles benefit the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, a local organization dedicated to changing the lives of those facing cancer in Eastern Ontario.

 

“Get Up & Gallop” Ride & Drive Event

It’s off to the races! The Ride and Drive Relay event is a thrilling three-part timed race, featuring teams comprised of a local celebrity, show jumping athlete and corporate sponsor. Out of the gates, the celebrity will tackle a ball and stick putting distance, then join their corporate sponsor to take on a golf cart course. Once the golf cart course has been successfully navigated, an exciting jump off track by the show jumping athlete will follow. This event will feature Olympic and international level show jumping champions, including Ian Millar and Amy Millar. The team with the fastest combined timed will be named the first Spurs & Sparkles Get Up and Gallop Champions and will be presented with ribbons at the awards ceremony.

Stay tuned for profiles on our “Get Up & Gallop” teams! 

 

Amy Millar and 2016 Olympic mount “Heros” competing at the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments.
Photo by Jump Media

 

FAQs

Q: Are there age restrictions to attend Spurs & Sparkles?
All ages are welcome to attend. However, complimentary alcohol will be served and so an adult should accompany minors.
Q: Whatever should I wear to Spurs & Sparkles?
We recommend guests dress in weather appropriate formal attire. Spurs & Sparkles will take place on grass, please choose your footwear accordingly.
Q: Will there be parking available during the event?
Complimentary parking will be available at Wesley Clover Parks.
Q: Do you sell tickets at the door?
No, tickets are only available in advance online.
Q: How do I check in?
Please have your ticket available on your smart phone or printed.
Q: In the event of rain, will the event go on?
Yes! The party will be hosted under The Capital Tent and there will be a place to check your umbrella.
Q: Will food be served?
Food stations with delectable fare will be provided by the Brookstreet Hotel paired with local craft brews and wine.
Q: How will I know which table I am seated at?
The event is not a sit down dinner rather a combination of food stations catered by the Brookstreet Hotel with local wine and craft beer pairing and tastings offering an opportunity to mix and mingle with all guests. A complimentary full bar will also be on site. There will be some seating and standing arrangements, of lounge seating, chairs for viewing the Get & Gallop and bistro tables for eating at.
Q: What is a Calcutta raffle?
A calcutta raffle is a popular form of betting in the equestrian world.  To participate, you purchase your tickets from anyone of the sellers at the event.  Before the Get Up & Gallop event begins, you place your tickets in the jar of the team that you think will win. You can put all your tickets in one jar OR you can spread out your odds and vote for as many teams as you like. Once the winning team is announced, the winning ticket will be drawn from the team’s jar and will win half the pot!
Q: I have dietary restrictions/requirements, will there be a meal option to accommodate?
Yes! Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.
Q: Where can I stay after attending Spurs & Sparkles?
We recommend the Brookstreet Hotel, just minutes from Wesley Clover Parks.
Q: How can I stay up to date with everything related to Spurs & Sparkles?
Follow the Facebook event to stay up to date on everything related to Spurs & Sparkles! Check back on this site as we continue to add more details and information.
Q: What payment types are available for the live, silent auction and the Calcutta raffle?
We will accept cash, and VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discovery and debit through Point of Sale machines.

If you have any further questions please contact us at [email protected].