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Spruce Woods Spectacular

August 25 - August 26

Registration Form Link

Potluck Sign-up Link

Spruce Woods Loop Map (PDF Download)

Spruce Woods Loop Sequences (PDF Download)

 

Directions to Ride Camp:

GPS Coordinates 49.678209, -99.146762 – use this one!! Do not use the automatic one in your device it may take you to a site across the river

From #1 Hwy:

  • Turn south at Carberry onto #5 Hwy to Assiniboine river.
  • Cross bridge
  • Turn left into Kiche Manitu Campground – Spruce Woods and
  • follow the signs to the Equestrian Center 8km

From hwy #2:

  • Turn north on #5 Hwy to Assiniboine River.
  • turn right into Kiche Manitu Campground – Spruce Woods and
  • follow the signs to the Equestrian Center 8km

 

Pre-Ride Briefing and Information

Schedule of Events

Friday Aug 24
18:30 Vet in for Saturday 120 km
19:30 Ride Meeting

Saturday Aug 25
06:00 Start 120 km
06:00 Vetting
06:45 Ride Meeting
07:00 Start 80 km
08:30 Ride Meeting
09:00 Start 40 km & 20 km
18:00 Potluck & Awards

Sunday Aug 25
06:00 Vetting
06:45 Ride Meeting
07:00 Start 80 km
07:30 Ride Meeting
08:00 Start 40 km & 20 km

Trail Marking

The trail has been marked under the following standards:

  • All markers are on the right side
  • Markers are the color and white (pink & white, blue & white)
  • Three markers or more indicate pay attention, look for clues as to what is happening
  • For corners
    o Right turn = white ribbon to the right or before the ribbon
    o Left turn = white ribbon to the left or after the ribbons
    o Where possible arrows for the corners
  • Painted arrows on the ground have been added for some corners
  • Flags in the ground with the markers attached are used where there was nothing to hang from.
  • We have attempted to add distance markers for each loop at the 5 km increments
  • The trail has been designed so that there is almost no two-way traffic. The exception is towards the end
    of the loops as you come out of the bush, for about 40 ft that you could encounter the water truck or an
    OC vehicle coming towards you.
  • We will be attempting to schedule the water so that we don’t encounter riders on trail, but if we have to
    go out we will try to be going to same direction as the riders.
  • On Park Rd you might encounter local
    traffic including the water truck coming towards you, but there is lots of forewarning.
  • Spruce Woods Provincial Park is a public park. Standard Trail etiquette applies at all times – we are
    sharing the trail with other users so need to be respectful.

Crewing
There is one crewing spots for the event, located on Park Rd – see the map and directions. Absolutely no crew will be allowed any where else on trail.
Water is located on trial in troughs on every 8 km or so.

Things to Check Out

  • The camp ground store – did you forget anything? It is located at the main campground.
  • There are various things to do at the camp ground
  • Foods stores are available in Glenboro and Carberry

General

  • All dogs must be kept on a leash, tied to your trailer or inside you trailer/truck.
  • No smoking on the trail. No smoking in the Vet Gate area
  • Pulse criteria will be 64 bpm for the 80/120/160km, and 60 for the 40km
  • Hold times are subject to change and will be confirmed at the ride meeting

Cell Phones
Cell phone coverage in the Vet Gate area is almost non-existent. Some times a text will get through, so
if you are having trouble on trail, please text and send a message with riders going by.

Maura Leahy 204.795.1915
Bill Denby 204.746.4397

Vet Gate Procedures

  • Check in with the Arrival Timer arrival Gate
  • Go to crewing/rest area to get your pulse down, or stay in the cooling area off to the side of the
    Vet Gate
  • When you are at pulse, enter the pulse Area – your time will be written down and you will
    receive you Vet Card.
  • Proceed directly to the vets who will be taking your pulse and complete the vet exam
  • If the pulse isn’t down, you will be requested to go back out and when your horse is ready to
    represent for your pulse time.
  • Once the vets have completed the exam, proceed to the Out timer with your vet card, to receive
    your out time and turn you Vet Card back in.
  • You may then go to your Crew/Rest area.
  • Once you are ready to go back out onto the next loop, present to the Out Gate.
    Awards
  • Awards Ceremony will be at the Saturday potluck for the Saturday completed events and then
    Sunday at the completion of the events.
  • If you are leaving before the ceremonies, then please find Maura Leahy to pick up your awards.

Emergency Plan

People

  • Do not move injured parties
  • Contact a member of the Organizing Committee
  • Find an First Aide person at the Vet Gate area
  • Health centers are located in Glenboro and Carberry.
  • Main hospitals are located in Brandon & Winnipeg
  • EMS phone 911 if requires
  • Fill out the appropriate paperwork

Equine

  • Contact the Veterinarian
  • Contact a member of the Organizing Committee
  • Referral Clinic is Elders Equine Practice, located just west of Winnipeg. Direction available at
    office.
  • Fill out the appropriate paper work

Trail Description

Pink Loop: 22.1 km
Leave the vet gate on common trail. At intersection at .9 km turn right and then take the left trail.
Follow the two track to the next intersection, go past the Cabin and take a right. Continue on the
Blue/Red/Yellow/Pink two track to the T-Junction at 6.6 km. Turn left on road following the
Red/Pink/Blue for 1.6 km. Take a right on to the Blue/Pink trail. Go past the Hogs Back and at 11.30 km
take a right. Shortly thereafter take a left and continue 3.4 km and veer to the left. Continue past the
Hogs Back and join up with Red. Continue 2.7 km to the bush. Continue 3.2 m to camp.

Blue Loop: 20.3 km
Leave the vet gate on common trail. At intersection at .9 km turn right and take the trail to the left.
Follow the two track trail to another intersection and then to the right. The trail consists of all two track
with footing that varies from firm grassy trail to some loose sand. At 8 km the trail meets up with the
southern park boundary. Turn left and continue 1.5 km and take a sharp Left turn. Continue 5 km and
join up with other loop(s). Continue 2.4 km to Cabin. Go down into valley and turn left into bush.
Coming out of bush follow 2 track to camp

Yellow Loop: 18.8 km
Leave the vet gate on common trail. At intersection at 1 km take Yellow/Blue. Follow the two track to
the next intersection, continue straight and go past the Cabin and take a right. Continue on the two
track to the T-Junction at 6.6 km. Turn right and continue 2.7 km to the. Turn right into the bush on two
track. Continue 2.7 km and meet up with the Blue. Continue 2.4 km to the Cabin. Go past the Cabin and
turn left. Continue on the two track back to camp.

Details

Start:
August 25
End:
August 26

Venue

Spruce Woods
Spruce Woods Equestrian Center MB Canada + Google Map

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