Dusk at The Downs

Put on your Fascinators and Bowties as we bring that famous derby style to the rolling hills of Calgary. Enjoy Cocktails and appetizers, competitions, auctions, and prizes on a beautiful private estate. ​

Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on men and women experiencing homelessness in Calgary.​


Experience this unique estate home located on 40 acres of private land in Bearspaw. The Ridge Meadows is a former estate home custom built with incredible craftsman features re-imagining a signature mountain dwelling. As the former home of Frank and Anita Carey, this home was created with hospitality in mind. Dusk at the Downs will take advantage of the unique features of this home and property including the sprawling grounds and 9 hole golf course. ​


From Crowchild Trail, turn right on Bearspaw Rd, continue to Burma Rd and turn right. Continue to Range Rd 25 and turn right. Turn left on Meadow Drive, the entrance to Ridge Meadows Estate will be identified by a Rock with Ridge Meadows name and a red gate.

Click here for a map.


Group of 4 - $6,000 CAD​
The majority of this cost is eligible for a tax receipt.​

Event Details

The Ridge Meadows, Bearspaw
Saturday, September 11th
3 - 7 p.m.

Please email [email protected] with who we can contact in your party to discuss your transportation options.

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  • Food and Beverage ​

    Each unique space of the venue will feature signature bars and food stations. Passed hor d’oeuvres and cocktails will highlight the southern charm of the Kentucky Derby. No formal dinner or seating will be included. ​

    Throughout the venue different activities will draw your attention and excitement. Activities will include:​

    • Live Music​
    • Pitch and Putt (weather dependent)​
    • Matching donation opportunities

    Inclement Weather Plans​

    In case of inclement weather the event will take place inside the estate home and tent spaces with heaters. ​

  • Dress Code

    Inspiration Guide on What to Wear to The Dusk At the Downs event gala

    For the Ladies...

    Now ladies, if you've spotted pictures of Kentucky Derby® pasts and celebrities in attendance, I'm sure you have a slight idea of the type of outfit you should be targeting. Regardless, I'm about to share some Derby fashion trends, as well as offer tips for comfort, so you're prepared for afternoon at The Ridge Meadows.

    The Bigger the Better!

    I'm talking about your hat, of course! Saying you will see some of the biggest, most outrageous hats you've ever seen in your life at the Dusk at The Downs Kentucky Derby themed gala event, the day is an understatement. Ruffles, flowers, tulle, ribbons, bows, bright colors, wide rims, high feathers, you name it!

    Drawing from horse racing's British roots for the derby ambiance, it all starts with the hat for the ladies. It gives you a chance to add some creativity to your outfit and show off your personal flair.

    And do keep in mind, your hat is doing much more than adding elegance to your outfit. It's also shading your face from the Calgary sunshine!

    The Meat and Potatoes

    So not meat and potatoes, but the "meat and potatoes" to your outfit! Fashion at the Dusk at the Down derby event continues, with that in mind, your goal is to combine southern elegance with modern class.

    Southern elegance, knee-length dresses are most commonly seen, but flow-y dress and skirts, rompers, pants, or beautiful and bright dresses with a tighter fit are also seen often.

    There are two key things to remember when picking out your ensemble:

    1. Dress for the Weather – Calgary early September weather are often warm and cooler when the sun descends behind the clouds, and since you will be outside there will be nowhere to change if you are hot or cold. Therefore, ensure your outfit is something you'll be comfortable in, no matter the weather.
    1. Make Sure You Match - This might sound silly, but the more wild and outrageous your hat is, the harder it is to make sure you match. If your hat is loud with crazy patterns, opt for an outfit in a solid color which compliments the hat design, and vice versa.
    1. Go for the Wedged Heels - The golf course greens are exactly that, on the greens, so avoid wearing stilettos heels otherwise you will walking in dirt and bare feet if your shoes don’t survive the greenery. To be safe, wear wedged heels.

    For the Gents...

    Guys, as a general rule of thumb, you want to dress as if sophistication is meeting southern flair. You want to be suave, yet sophisticated; classy, but out of the box!

    Most gents in attendance at the Derby will be seen wearing suits, and trust me, the sky is the limit with the character you can bring in here. I'm talking bright colors, stripes, checkers, pin points, seersucker, etc.!

    Whichever suit you decide to go with at the Dusk at the Downs, make sure your shirt and tie (optional, but bow ties are all the rage!) compliment it. As far as shoes go, I suggest Sleek Sperry's, loafers or dress shoes.

  • Available Amenities

    • Parking onsite is limited and we will be communicating transportation alternatives shortly

    Covid restrictions ​

    This event will be updated regularly based on current covid-19 restrictions and AHS guidelines. The event is planned with the intention of spreading out throughout a large home, tent, and grounds for the purpose of limiting gathering. Sanitizing stations will be plentiful and food and beverages will be planned in accordance with covid restrictions. We will update you on changes to the event in accordance with updated restrictions.

About the Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed is a Christian organization with a mission to alleviate poverty and homelessness through acceptance, empowerment, and practical solutions. We care for those in need, by providing a safe, supportive haven where they can not​ only have their physical needs met, but can also grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to create a meaningful difference within the community and in the lives of those facing poverty.​

At The Mustard Seed, we believe in helping people where they are at. We understand the value of going out into communities, providing supports to those in need, and working collaboratively to prevent people from falling deeper into the cycle​ of poverty. We know that poverty is no longer confined within the blocks of our downtown streets or city core; it is not kept to one particular corner of town or ward. There are individuals throughout our city seeking basic services, relationships,​ support – individuals in need of our help.​

As The Mustard Seed continues to grow, it is our hope to expand our reach and services across Calgary. We will go where our help is needed; not for the sake of growth, but for the sake of seeing the transformation in someone’s life when they​ achieve wellness and independence.


​With your support, funds raised from The Mustard Seed’s Dusk at the Downs Gala will help make a difference for Calgary’s most vulnerable participants – building community, growing hope, and supporting real change.​

By supporting The Mustard Seed and its programs and initiatives you can make a positive, lasting impact​ in your community and in the lives of those in need.


​Through partnering with The Mustard Seed, sponsors not only engage in good corporate citizenship but also have the opportunity to form relationships with other influential Calgarians.​



Winner's Circle - $15,000 (SOLD)

Shootout at the Downs - $15,000 (SOLD)

Holt Your Horses - $15,000 (SOLD)



Ryan & Joella Shoemaker

​For further information or to secure your sponsorship, please contact Dixie Dayka at [email protected] or call 403-620-3850.