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The Big Personality of The Royal West

Author: Erin Gilmore, Fédération Équestre Internationale


“This is the calm before the storm!”...

...declares John Anderson with all the blustery optimism one would expect from a Calgary cowboy. The Canadian jack-of-all-trades embraces his reputation as a say-anything horseman who gets things done—not only is he a successful grand prix rider who will be compete in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Calgary October 29, 2016, he is the organizer of the qualifier’s host show, The Royal West CSI3*-W Jumping Tournament.

And right now Anderson is enthusiastically describing a massive pile of dirt. Well, not dirt as you know it, but high-quality, specialty footing that is worth many thousands of dollars and holds the key to a successful indoor horse show. That special sand, all 700 tons of it, is better known as GGT footing, and it’s already mixed and waiting to be laid down at the home of  The Royal West—the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary’s famous Stampede Park. 

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