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Upcoming Spruce Meadows events on CBC also include the 'North American' and the 'Masters' with coverage on TV, online at cbcsports.ca and with select events on bold and AMI-tv

This weekend marks the official start of CBC's 2012 coverage of the world's best show jumping competitions from Spruce Meadows. The network recently announced an extension to its more than 20-year partnership with the iconic venue that will keep high performance international show jumping on CBC for the next three years. The action begins with the 'National' on June 9 and 10.

The 'National' features the best competitors from around the world as well as the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship. This tournament offers a glimpse at many of the athletes from Canada and around the world that will be representing their countries later this summer in London. Led by 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze--a veteran Spruce Meadows champion--the competition at the 'National' is sure to be intense.

Scott Russell, host and play-by-play commentator, is joined this season by Olympic Gold Medalist Mac Cone, who is still active in the International Ring.  They are joined in the broadcast booth by FEI Jumping Committee member Ian Allison and analyst Deanna Phalen.  Rounding out the team is veteran CBC Sports announcer Brenda Irving who serves as a sideline reporter.

CBC's 2012 championship show jumping coverage continues with a final pre-London tournament with the 'North American' on July 7, 8 and 14, followed by the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' from September 8-9. The 'North American' showcases the best show jumping athletes and horses from the Americas and includes the Spruce Meadows North American Show Jumping Championship. The 'Masters' is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport, featuring competitors from the world's top show jumping nations vying for international honours and $2 million in prize money. Over the course of the season, over $6 million in prize money is on the line.

CBC's multiplatform approach ensures the audience doesn't have to miss a minute of the action and intensity from each of the eight events with coverage both on bold and CBC-TV as well as online at cbcsports.ca. Full broadcast details are below.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) also brings the action to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted through live described simulcasts of select Spruce Meadows events, which will be broadcast on AMI-tv. 

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Schedule subject to change without notice.



BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows ***                                       8 p.m. ET (Ontario - East) /

8 p.m. Local (Manitoba - West)



BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows ***                           8 p.m. ET






*Included in CBC's coverage of the 'National'

**Included in CBC's coverage of the 'North American'

***Included in CBC's coverage of the 'Masters'

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