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Released: April 25, 2016

The Evening of Musical Freestyles
Saturday, April 30 at 7:00p.m.

NOW through May 8


Linda Zweig
(858) 792-4262

DEL MAR, CA (APRIL 25, 2016) – In its 71st year, the Del Mar National Horse Show is running NOW through Sunday, May 8, 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 Del Mar continues with: Dressage Week – April 28 – May 1 and Hunter/Jumper Week – May 3 – 8. (Western Week took place April 21 – 24).


Dressage Week's Evening of Musical Freestyles!

on April 30 at 7:00PM features equestrian excellence, action and loads family fun you don’t want to miss. You needn’t be an expert in the sport to be astonished and awed by the “Evening of Musical Freestyles” Dressage competition. Olympic and World Champion pairs demonstrate the artistry, athletic and awe-inspiring collaboration between horses and riders which is required to compete at these highest national and international levels. SAVE $5 on your Grandstand adult admission on each show by becoming an email subscriber. Receive online only discounts and insider information when you sign up at: and fill out the simple online form. Use your special email code when you check out at Ticketmaster website when you click the submit button.

Each Saturday night of the Del Mar National Horse Show features an entertaining and breathtaking world class events 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 and wine. Also included is your personalized show box plaque and two parking passes.

Dressage Week
- Evening of Musical Freestyles Box for eight includes, gourmet boxed dinners, wine, show plaque and two parking permits: $440.
Hunter Jumper Week-Silver Cup Show Box ALL WEEK Box Seats for eight and $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar box seats with gourmet boxed dinners and wine, show box plaque and 2 parking passes: $580; $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar Box (Saturday, May 7 at 6:45pm ONLY) for eight includes boxed dinners and wine, show box plaque and two parking passes: $520.
Bar Service is available featuring signature cocktails, premium spirits, beer and wine.
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The 71st Del Mar National Horse Show:
Dressage Week *The Del Mar National has been designated as a selection event for the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Cup during Dressage Week. Many Olympic, international and national champions will be on hand competing for the chance to represent our country. Additionally, competitors have the opportunity for their scores to help qualify for the 2016 USEF National Championships at both Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges; USEF National and International Young Horse Championships; USEF Developing Horse Championships and both the National and North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The highlight of Dressage week is the exquisite “Evening of Musical Freestyles” on Saturday night, April 30 at 7 p.m. Here the strength and beauty of the sport is showcased as horses and riders demonstrate the most physically and technically challenging movements to personally choreographed musical scores. Don’t miss this chance to see our top US horses and Dressage stars of the future.

Hunter/Jumper Week This week’s horses and riders will vie for more than $300,000 in prize money. On Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix presented by iJump Sports, will host as many as 65 riders horses and riders who will compete for the chance to ride in our crown jewel, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, on Saturday, May 7 at 6:45 p.m. An unparalleled action-packed evening filled with exciting speed, agility and nail-biting competition features 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 hilarious, fast and furious, $5,000 Ride & Drive Classic, presented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine, that same night! For the Ride & Drive, a show jumping horse and rider are asked to successfully jump a course. The rider then dismounts and runs to get into a car to negotiate a similar course, without knocking down cones, spinning out, or wasting valuable time! It’s raucous and hilarious, especially when the dash cam video is broadcast on the huge video boards!

*Western Week reigned in an enthusiastic crowd, April 21 – 24. The hallmarks of Western Week featured Four AQHA and PCQHA shows and NRHA classes, along with Hall of Fame riders and perpetual trophies. “The Night of the Horse” thrilled young and old in front of the largest audience in recent history. Family entertainment at its best, the evening starred Sarasota’s Circus Hall of Fame inductee and Cup of Monaco winner, Sylvia Zerbini and Nat Geo Wild channel’s Mustang Millionaire star, Bobby Kerr.

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 horse racing 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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Linda Zweig
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