What is Angelstone and why you should check it out
If you’ve never seen horse show jumping before, the details of it can seem baffling. Sure, it pops up as a staple of the Summer Olympics, and most Canadians have at least heard of Canada’s most famous show jumper: Ian Millar and his mount Big Ben.
But attending a show jumping tournament? Absolutely, if it’s Angelstone.
Angelstone is an international show jumping tournament that has drawn the likes of Millar and many others from across North America, yet it’s also an ideal family outing that can be enjoyed for free.
So, what’s the appeal?
Angelstone puts an emphasis on helping the newcomer understand what’s going on. Acknowledging that listening to competition announcers can sound like monkey gibberish if you don’t know the basic rules and lingo, the website spells it out, for a start. It also offers helpful advice on planning an outing.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the grounds – it’s set on 70 acres just minutes from Erin and Rockwood – and get up close and personal with the horses that are competing.
Before certain competitions, spectators are welcome to take part in a walk of the course in which show jumping is explained in language that’s easy to understand.
The Angelstone Tournament is a highlight of the summer calendar. The multi-week competition stretches through the summer, with special events and Grand Prix competitions on Saturday nights, although the grounds are open daily. Before the Saturday main event, children can take part in a fun horse-free jumping event.
Watching international horse jumping on a warm summer night is a great experience. Bring a blanket and cold drinks and sit back. There is also a restaurant and lounge if you prefer.
For details on the remaining tournament schedule and best times to visit, check the website.