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.
The Del Mar National began in the mid-1940s as part of the annual San Diego County Fair, which occurs each June at the Fairgrounds. By the late 1970s, it had grown so large that it outgrew the confines of the county fair and became a separate event. Western and Hunter/Jumper competition comprised the then two-week show until the early 1990s, when the Dressage competition made its debut, adding a third week.
Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines. 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! Don’t miss out—come and join us!
For rules and regulations pertaining to the Horse Show, see the Facility Use Policies of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.