Ottawa, Ontario – The CSI2* National Capital Show Jumping Tournament brings two weeks of international show jumping competition to Ottawa, running August 11-15 and 18-22 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON.
An incredible amount of infrastructure is necessary to produce a two-week international equestrian tournament, sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
“There is so much that goes in to setting up an event of this size and calibre, and many people are not aware of the incredible amount of logistics that take place behind the scenes, let alone the economic impact it has on the City of Ottawa,” said Ainsley Hayes, Event Coordinator of the National Capital Show Jumping Tournaments. “We literally bring in a village, set it up, and make it our home for two weeks. Then we are gone again, leaving the grounds in pristine condition for the next event that takes place at the Nepean National Equestrian Park.”
Here is a look at the National Capital Show Jumping Tournaments, by the numbers:
Number of competitors – 2,000
Number of horses – 950
Number of stabling tents – 18
Number of stalls – 1,200
Number of employees – 52
Number of commercial vendors – 20
Number of food vendors – 6
Number of garbage cans – 30
Number of recycling bins – 30
Number of dumpsters – 49
Tonnes of waste produced – 7.94
Tonnes of recycling – 4.32
Tonnes of manure – 207.38
Number of hotel nights – 14,000
Average number of meals eaten at restaurants per exhibitor, per day – 2
Number of loads of horse laundry – 1,500
Number of loads of gravel for stabling area – 17
Number of competition jumps – 175
Number of tent feet – 1,100
Number of bleachers – 60
Number of portolets – 28
Number of tractors – 10
Number of dollars spent in the City of Ottawa – approximately $5.9 million
Number of hay bales – 2,000
Number of bags of wood shavings – 6,000
Number of tables in the VIP Tent – 50
Number of competition rings – 4
Number of days to set up before competition – 7
Number of days to clean up after competition – 7
Featured events this week are the $32,000 Brookstreet Competitive.Jumpers.com Open Welcome on Thursday, the $15,000 ATCO Jumping Derby on Friday, and the $118,000 Angelstone Productions Grand Prix, Presented by Brookstreet, followed by the Blue Rodeo Concert, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday. All three events will be televised on Rogers.
Competition begins each morning at 8 a.m. and is open to the general public. Admission is $10 per person on Thursday and Friday, parking included. Tickets for Saturday’s $118,000 Angelstone Productions Grand Prix, Presented by Brookstreet, are $58.50 per person and can be purchased at www.CapitalTickets.ca. On Saturday and Sunday, admission to the horse show is free (excluding the Grand Prix and Blue Rodeo concert).
For more information on the National Capital Show Jumping Tournaments, please visit www.hayesco.ca.
Photo: The National Capital Show Jumping Tournament show grounds. Photo Credit – Linda Scott Harris