Welcome to the Del Mar National Horse Show

A horse with a second-place ribbon Yum yum! For more than 60 years, equestrian sports aficionados mark their April and May calendars for the Del Mar National Horse Show, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the beautiful oceanside town of Del Mar, California.

The Del Mar National began in 1946 as part of the annual San Diego County Fair, which happens each June at the Fairgrounds. By the late 1970s, the Del Mar National had grown so large, it outgrew the confines of the county fair and became a separate event. Western and Hunter/Jumper competition comprised the then two-week show until the early 1990s, when Dressage competition was added as a third week in the show.

Each year the show attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinct disciplines. Spectators will see reining, spins, sliding stops, elegant dressage moves choreographed to music, daredevil show jumping, trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, among many other exciting events. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce! Donít miss out—come and join us!


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