DEL MAR, Ca ( February 16, 2017) If you have a horse and you like to compete, now is time to register for the 72nd Del Mar National Horse Show, which begins April 18 and runs through May 7. For the first time this year, the prize list entry materials are available online only. To access them, visit delmarnational.com. Each week’s competitions, Western Week from April 18-22; Dressage Week from April 27-30; and Hunter/Jumper Week from May 2-7 each have their own prize list and entry forms.
One of the nation’s most impressive and longest running horse shows, Del Mar National shares some very special features including three spectacular Saturday evening events and historic perpetual trophies, handed out for decades to winners from within all disciplines. Nearly 1,500 horses from all over the world will compete in the three-week show for more than $300,000 in cash and prizes.
Western Week includes four AQHA/PCQHA/NSBA/ApHC Shows; NRHA Classes – $2,500 Added; PCHA Open Horse Show; Traditional Perpetual Trophies; and Circuit & All Around Awards. This exciting week is packed full of elite reining, pleasure, and trail horsemen competitions as it has for more than 50 years.
For an exuberant night off from competition, exhibitors and spectators alike can enjoy, “The Night of the Horse” on Saturday, April 22, where extraordinary horsemanship and world-class performers are showcased in this action-packed event, demonstrating unique horse and rider teamwork.
Dressage Week brings CDI-W, International Dressage Competition, and classes for amateurs on Saturday Night, April 29 and juniors. Top horse & rider combinations vie for prize money, USEF National Qualifying recognition and FEI World ranking. The Evening of Musical Freestyles on Saturday night, April 29, is Dressage Week’s feature event, set to music. It is a World Cup qualifying event, showcasing a presentation of strength & elegance between the rider and horse.
Hunter/Jumper Week offers a breadth of classes for both disciplines, including the prestigious North American Junior Young Rider Championship Selection Trial, a leading competition under FEI rules, allowing top young riders to test their skills against other top juniors. The $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix will host as many as 65 horse and rider duos who will compete for the chance to ride in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on Saturday, May 6. Also that night is the fast and furious $5,000 Ride & Drive Classic.
About the Del Mar National Horse Show
The Del Mar National Horse Show is a showcase of equestrian eventing that includes the distinct disciplines of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper in world-class competitions for three weeks from April 18 through May 7. Now in its 72nd year, DMNHS has earned international recognition as one of the most prestigious and historic events of its kind in the nation. Nearly 1,500 horse and rider teams compete to win in excess of $300,000 in cash and prizes. DMNHS is one of the few remaining horse shows offering multiple traveling perpetual trophies and individual class trophies and ribbons which attracts internationally acclaimed horses and riders year after year. The Del Mar National Horse Show is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association, a State of California agency which owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Find more information at delmarfairgrounds.com