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The 72nd Del Mar National Horse Show

Released: December 15, 2016

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April 18 - May 7, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

DEL MAR, CA (December 15, 2016) The historic Del Mar National Horse Show (DMNHS) will hold its 72nd year of competition from Tuesday, April 18 - Sunday, May 7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, in California. Known as one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the United States, the event brings together many of the most accomplished, athletic and revered rider-and-horse teams competing for coveted trophies.

The three-week equestrian event features: Western Week - April 18 - 22; Dressage Week - April 27 - 30; and Hunter/Jumper Week - May 2 - 7. More information can be found at delmarnational.com

Western Week: April, 18-22
This week features traditional Western riding techniques such as barrel racing, trail skills and reining.
The DMNHS hosts four American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) shows, Youth State Qualifier Circuit and All-Around Awards, a PCHA Open Horse Show, and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA & NSBA) classes. Unlike most horse shows today, the Del Mar National awards stunningly beautiful, traditional perpetual trophies which go home with the winners and date back to the 1960s.

Night of the Horse: 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 is an equestrian theatrical showcase feature for the general public. This action-packed event is an equestrian variety show featuring unique and exciting top-notch entertainment to thrill the entire family! Performers include the One Arm Bandit, who has won the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association award 15 times, and Sylvia Zerbini, acclaimed star of Cavalia who will give a breathtaking At Liberty performance with 8-10 of her Arabian stallions. A unique Di’a de los Muertos act will feature Charro Toma’s Garcilazo from Mexico City and his family demonstrating rope art and skilled horsemanship; and much more.

Dressage Week: April 27-30
Designated as a 2018 World Cup Qualifying event, the Del Mar National/CDI-W continues to be one of the most highly regarded Dressage competitions in the US. It attracts many of the world’s finest horses and riders to compete year after year, many noting that the Del Mar National is among their favorite events.

Dressage showcases the natural beauty and grace of the horse, demonstrated as it executes a range of movements exhibiting great physical strength and unique partnership between horse and rider. DMNHS Dressage week is both a National and International competition and serves as a 2017 USEF Official Qualifying Competition for numerous national titles, including the National Grand Prix and Intermediaire I, Young Adult/‘Bretina Cup’, Young and Developing Horse Championships, as well as the National Junior/Young Rider Championships.

Evening of Musical Freestyles: 7 p.m., Saturday, April 29
You needn’t be an expert in the sport of Dressage to be impressed and amazed by the competition during the Evening of Musical Freestyles. Olympic, World and National Champions demonstrate the exquisite artistry, athleticism and awe-inspiring collaboration between horse and rider in a perfect display of strength and elegance choreographed to music.

Hunter/Jumper Week: May 2-7
World class horses and riders will vie for more than $300,000 in prize money this week. Competitors from the United States, Canada, and Mexico converge for this elite competition at the historic Del Mar National Horse Show. Three horse show rings will accommodate a full roster of classes including the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix jumping event with horses and riders competing to qualify for the prestigious $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar.

$25,000 Surfside Grand Prix: 7 p.m., Friday, May 5
The $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix features horses and riders competing over challenging jumping courses for one of the 30 finalist spots in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar. This nail-biting qualifying class, with its demanding course of obstacles, designed by world-renowned Marc Etter from Switzerland, will separate the best from the rest, ensuring a top-notch competition for both exhibitors and spectators.

$100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar: Saturday, May 6
Filled with exciting speed and agility, this Saturday evening entertains a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic fans cheering on their favorite athletes. The finest horses and riders in the world always rise to the occasion and thrill their spectators with the best this sport has to offer! Horses and riders will again set the bar very high - literally and figuratively - as they compete for the prestigious title and hefty paycheck of the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on a course also designed by Etter from Switzerland.

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 www.delmarfairgrounds.com .

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858) 755-2573
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