Nestled between historic Fort Langley and the beautiful Glen Valley Thunderbird Show Park is truly a place one needs to visit when traveling through the Fraser Valley. The park covers 82 acres and can house a maximum capacity of 900 horses in their stalls. Thunderbird hosts competitions and a variety of events all year long including six major Hunter & Jumper show tournaments. They are well known as being one of the top Show Jumping parks in North America, but they also host shows for Arabians and Quarter Horses, Western and Dressage competitions. Thunderbird Show Park has been rated #2 in all of North America, coming second only to the prestigious Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. Established in 1973, it is celebrating 40 years in Langley this year.
During the last week of August Thunderbird hosts one of their largest shows of the year, The Fort Tournament, with the $100,000 Grand Prix being held on the last Sunday. The Real Housewives of Vancouver even came to participate in the festivities in 2012.
Coming up, the Arabian Horse Show is being held between the 19th and the 22nd of September and it is certainly worth a visit. The Arabian breed is one of the oldest breeds in the world. It is the foundation of the Thoroughbred and has been used to refine a variety of breeds for centuries. These are unique and beautiful horses; they definitely leave an impression on those who get to meet them and admire their beauty.
Langley’s distinction as “Horse Capital of BC” is defined by this world-renowned show park. Thunderbird has an awe inspiring quality, from the incredible sunsets over the Grand Prix field, to the majestic and powerful horses that compete there. If you have the chance, you will certainly consider it a day well spent exploring Thunderbird Show Park and all it has to offer.
Check out this great video of Thunderbird Show Park to see what these beautiful animals can do!