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70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Opens April 16


Get $5 Off for Night of the Horse and Evening of Musical Freestyles

Del Mar CA— In its 70th year, the Del Mar National Horse Show runs Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, May 3, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena.  Elegance, excitement, and excellence are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western United States.   The three weeks feature: Western Week – April 16 through April 19; Dressage Week – April 23 through April 26 and Hunter/Jumper Week – April 28 through May 3.

Saturday Nights are Happening at the Del Mar National

Western Week’s Night of the Horse  on April 18 at 7:00PM and Dressage Week’s Evening of Musical Freestyles on April 25 at 7:00PM are two shows featuring equestrian excellence, action and loads family fun you don’t want to miss.  SAVE $5 on your Grandstand adult admission on each show by becoming an email subscriber.  Receive on-line only discounts and insider information when you sign up at: and fill out the simple online form.  After you receive your special email code you will be connected to the Ticketmaster website when you click the submit button.
Every Saturday night features an entertaining and breathtaking extravaganza of exciting equestrian escapades!  AND you can enjoy a Gourmet VIP Experience!  VIP Boxes for the Saturday Night Events are a great way to enjoy the show and will accommodate a small group of up to eight people!  Up front and center, you will be treated to exceptional tableside service while you are served gourmet food, hors d’oeuvres and wine.  Also included is your personalized show box plaque and two parking passes.
Western WeekNight of the Horse Dinner Box for six includes, Gourmet Dinner & Wine, show box plaque and two parking permits: $492.
Dressage Week- Evening of Musical Freestyles Box for eight includes, Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine, show plaque and 2 parking permits:  $440.
Hunter Jumper WeekSilver Cup Show Box-all week Box Seats for eight and Grand Prix Box Seats with Gourmet hors d’oeuvres & wine (Saturday, May 2 at 6:45pm), show box plaque and 2 parking passes: $580; $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar Box (Saturday, May 2 at 6:45pm only) for eight includes Gourmet hors d’oeuvres & wine, show box plaque and 2 parking passes: $520.
Bar Service is available featuring signature cocktails, premium spirits, beer and wine.
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The 70th Del Mar National Horse Show:

Western Week

Four American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) shows, and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) classes are the hallmarks of Western Week. Prepare to be dazzled as a cavalcade of champion horses and riders blast into the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena for “Night of the Horse” on Saturday, April 18.   This week’s featured evening performance sponsored by Mary’s Tack & Feed at 7 p.m., presents multiple equestrian acts. Among the many entertaining performers, equine extremist Tommie Turvey will perform hilarious comedy and nail-biting daredevil acts. Mustang makeover champ Bobby Kerr, and his team of wild American Mustangs, will inspire with their entertaining display of courage and trust. Icelandic horses will light up the night and Peruvian Pasos will add an international flair with music and an elegant, graceful, and colorful dancer and so much more!

 Dressage Week

You needn’t be an expert in the sport to be astonished and awed by the “Evening of Musical Freestyles” Dressage competition on Saturday night, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. Olympic and World Champion pairs demonstrate the artistry, athleticism and awe-inspiring collaboration between horses and riders which is required to compete at these highest national and international levels. Additionally, the crowd will be entertained by world-renowned Enrique Martinez and his magnificent Friesian and Lusitano stallions. Classically trained in Dressage, Enrique will exhibit the rare “airs above the ground”, among other high-schooled maneuvers performed by these “Baroque” breeds.

Hunter/Jumper Week

This week’s horses and riders will vie for more than $300,000 in prize money. Our crown jewel, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on May 2 @ 6:45 p.m., is an action-packed evening filled with exciting speed, agility and nail-biting competition featuring  world-class horses and riders who will set the bar very high, literally and figuratively, as they vie for this prestigious title and hefty paycheck! Don’t miss the exhilarating $10,000 Speed Derby of Del Mar that same night!

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: The San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horseracing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit

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70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Opens April 16