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Adequan Dressage Week at Del Mar National Horse Show brings Olympic and World Cup Competitors

Released: April 11, 2017

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DEL MAR, Ca. (April 11, 2017) -- This year, during the 72nd Del Mar National Horse Show’s Adequan Dressage Week, Olympic and World Cup riders including Steffen Peters, Guenter Siedel and Jan Ebeling will be competing in what many consider the most disciplined and elegant of equestrian sports at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Here to defend his victory in last year’s CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by G-2 Software, will be local favorite and four-time Olympian, Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA). One of the most decorated of all American Dressage riders, Peters boasts three Olympic Bronze Medals, four Pan American Gold Medals, and five top-five finishes out of four appearances at the World Equestrian Games. He has represented the US at five World Cup Finals and was champion in 2009. Other riders competing this year, who have represented America in Olympic and World Cup competition, include 2015 Del Mar Champion Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) and another local favorite, Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, CA).

From April 27 through April 30, competitors demonstrate athletic strength and elegant grace with a highly developed and mostly unseen communication between horse and rider. The word “dressage” comes from the French word “dresser,” which means “to train.” It has become a term used for both the competitive sport and a system of training, used to prepare the horse for any number of disciplines by improving strength and suppleness.

The Adequan Evening of Musical Freestyles featuring the G-2 Software, CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle at 7 p.m. on April 29 showcases many of the brightest stars in the sport of Dressage, and you needn’t be an expert to appreciate the elegance and athleticism demonstrated by these current, past and hopeful champions.

With a format similar to figure skating or gymnastic floor exercises, Musical Freestyles are intricately planned competitions to music. Specific movements must be demonstrated, but sequence and the inclusion of elements with added degrees of difficulty is left up to the riders and coaches. Music is chosen to highlight the personality of the individual pairs. Communication between horse and rider is almost imperceptible as they execute an amazing representation of both art and sport.

The horse show is free to spectators until Saturday afternoon. Each day has competitions featuring Junior, Amateur and Professional riders of all ages vying for ribbons, trophies and prize money. Saturday evenings are the only paid admission events of the three-week horse show. Food and beverage concessions as well as equestrian specialty shops are open to the public during the entire horse show.

Coming to the event can be either a casual or an upscale outing. Reserved stadium seats are $21, and reserved box seats are $28 each, for adults. Boxes tend to sell quickly, it is recommended to reserve them early. Before the event begins, there will be live music, food and beverage concessions as well as specialty equestrian shops to explore. Visit delmarnational.com for ticket information.

During the intermission from the Dressage competition, there will be several special performances. Joy Rothe and Sarah Pinney will perform a spectacular “Pas de Deux” or “steps of two.” For the fifth year, these riders and their chestnut sibling horses will perform synchronized movements that defy possibility. The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, ranging in age from 20-80, will perform a re-enactment on horseback and in carriages of the refinement of the 1880s. They wear authentic costumes, hand made by the members as they have done for over a decade.

A very special performance by Anna Buffini, 22, of Escondido and her “best friend,” Sundayboy, will be their final sendoff before Sundayboy steps down from international competition. In 2014 the pair swept the Young Rider division here at the Del Mar National. They went on to help our Region 7 bring home the NAJYRC Team Gold. In March of this year, they scored a personal best in the Under 25 Grand Prix at a Nations Cup event in Florida.

About the Del Mar National Horse Show

The Del Mar National Horse show is a showcase of equestrian sports. It 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 equestrian events. 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, in addition to individual class trophies and prize money. The show attracts nationally and 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.

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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