Bringing equestrian excellence to San Diego County since 1946, the Del Mar National stands among the handful of horse shows in this country to reach its golden years.
Over the years, Del Mar has earned its reputation for being among the highly competitive most exciting, finest, and richest horse shows in Southern California. With its world-class, multidisciplinary equestrian competition and signature Saturday evening performances, Del Mar ranks high among the most prestigious horse shows in the western region. A Del Mar win merits bragging rights as well as literal and figurative currency.
Many of today’s horse show superstars rode here as juniors, amateurs, and lead-line competitors. While watching young riders compete, you may actually be witnessing tomorrow’s champions. Many spectators continue to purchase ringside box seats year after year as an established family tradition. Riders often reminisce about showing at Del Mar, whether as a child or professional. These qualities help create the ambiance associated with this show and are what make it truly exceptional.
The superb coastal weather and the show’s proximity to the storied thoroughbred racetrack founded by a legendary group of friends — Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and Jimmy Durante — only heighten the allure.