For nearly three-quarters of a century, equestrian sports aficionados have marked their calendars each April and May for the Del Mar National Horse Show, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the beautiful seaside town of Del Mar, California.
Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines - Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce!
Night of the Horse: April 18, 2020
The revered Night of the Horse is an equestrian variety show, fun for the whole family. Talk about a night full of exclamation points with these equestrian stars (and stripes!), audience favorites include: The One Arm Bandit with his zebra, wild mustang tamer Bobby Kerr, The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls and Tomas Garcilazo. Plus, the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team and the California Cowgirls Drill Team will re-unite to wow the crowd with a 40-member horse drill team performance. All these stars and more will return to celebrate 75 years of equestrian excitement at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
Evening of Musical Freestyles: April 25, 2020
The Del Mar Evening of Musical Freestyles showcases many of the brightest stars in the sport of Dressage, and you needn’t be an expert to appreciate the elegance and athleticism demonstrated by these current, past and hopeful champions. A World Cup Qualifying competition including Olympic, International and National Champions, Dressage highlights the artistry, athleticism and collaboration between horse and rider in a perfect display of strength and elegance in detailed routines set to music.
$75,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar
Our crown jewel, the $75,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, is an action-packed evening filled with exciting show jumping speed, agility, and nail-biting competition featuring world class horses and riders who will set the bar very high literally and figuratively as they compete for this prestigious title and hefty paycheck!
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