The Historic Del Mar National Horse Show Boasts a Full Schedule of Special Classes and Weekend Festivities

The Del Mar National Horse Show, May 3-8, 2016, is a staple in many riders’ show schedules. Each year, the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the event just minutes from the Southern California coastline. Along with stellar views and temperate weather, the show hosts a variety of special classes and events, including: the World Champion Hunter Rider, North American Junior Young Rider Championship Selection Trial, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, and not just one, but two intense Grand Prix competitions on Friday and Saturday! For a full week schedule click here:  Del Mar National Week Schedule.
“Del Mar National is a truly special show,” said Amy Billburg, the Equestrian Manager for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “It is a historic event that draws horses and riders from around the world to iconic Del Mar, CA for great competition here at the Fairgrounds. We welcome everyone to the event and hope that you all have a wonderful time!”
Who will be taking home the blue this Saturday in the Grand Prix of Del Mar?
Photo by Del Mar National
This week promises exciting competition in all the arenas, especially with the weekend’s lineup of classes. Friday, we kick off the weekend with the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix Presented by iJump Sports at 6:30PM. This class is the qualifier for Saturday night’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar and you can purchase tickets by clicking here!
Saturday, we begin the evening at 6:45PM with the exciting Ride & Drive ClassicPresented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine. The riders and horses navigate a course, then the rider dismounts, runs to the designated car to drive through a course of cones! If they knock down cones in the car, they will incur penalties-similar to knocking down a rail on their horse. The competition will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat to see who can come out with the fastest time and the least amount of faults!
Richard Spooner and Cristallo return to the Del Mar National Horse Show
to defend their 2015 Grand Prix of Del Mar win!
Photo by Rick Osteen Photography
The Grand Prix of Del Mar provides a thrilling night of competitive show jumping, where only the best horse and rider combinations from Friday night’s qualifier will get to compete. The best of the best will be facing off for a $100,000 prize! Purchase tickets for the Ride & Drive Classic Presented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine and the Grand Prix of Del Mar by clicking here!
Del Mar National Horse Show
May 3-8, 2016
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Thursday, May 5 ~ Time TBD
USHJA National Hunter Derby
Friday, May 6 ~ 6:30PM
Surfside Grand Prix
Presented by iJump Sports
Saturday, May 7 ~ 6:45PM
Ride & Drive Classic
Presented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine
Grand Prix of Del Mar
“We love being part of the Del Mar National Horse Show,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “The competitors, exhibitors, sponsors and owners always have such a great time, especially during the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar. We can’t wait to see everyone this week!”
If you are unable to join us in person, you can stay in the loop with the live webcast of the Del Mar Arena all week, including Friday and Saturday nights, throughEQSportsNet and be sure to follow Del Mar National on Facebook!
Danielle Ballard for West Palms Events
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The Historic Del Mar National Horse Show Boasts a Full Schedule of Special Classes and Weekend Festivities

The Del Mar National Horse Show, May 3-8, 2016, is a staple in many riders’ show schedules. Each year, the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the event just minutes from the Southern California coastline. Along with stellar views and temperate weather, the show hosts a variety of special classes and events, including: the World Champion Hunter Rider, North American Junior Young Rider Championship Selection Trial, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, and not just one, but two intense Grand Prix competitions on Friday and Saturday! For a full week schedule click here:  Del Mar National Week Schedule.
“Del Mar National is a truly special show,” said Amy Billburg, the Equestrian Manager for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “It is a historic event that draws horses and riders from around the world to iconic Del Mar, CA for great competition here at the Fairgrounds. We welcome everyone to the event and hope that you all have a wonderful time!”
Who will be taking home the blue this Saturday in the Grand Prix of Del Mar?
Photo by Del Mar National
This week promises exciting competition in all the arenas, especially with the weekend’s lineup of classes. Friday, we kick off the weekend with the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix Presented by iJump Sports at 6:30PM. This class is the qualifier for Saturday night’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar and you can purchase tickets by clicking here!
Saturday, we begin the evening at 6:45PM with the exciting Ride & Drive ClassicPresented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine. The riders and horses navigate a course, then the rider dismounts, runs to the designated car to drive through a course of cones! If they knock down cones in the car, they will incur penalties-similar to knocking down a rail on their horse. The competition will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat to see who can come out with the fastest time and the least amount of faults!
Richard Spooner and Cristallo return to the Del Mar National Horse Show
to defend their 2015 Grand Prix of Del Mar win!
Photo by Rick Osteen Photography
The Grand Prix of Del Mar provides a thrilling night of competitive show jumping, where only the best horse and rider combinations from Friday night’s qualifier will get to compete. The best of the best will be facing off for a $100,000 prize! Purchase tickets for the Ride & Drive Classic Presented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine and the Grand Prix of Del Mar by clicking here!
Del Mar National Horse Show
May 3-8, 2016
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Thursday, May 5 ~ Time TBD
USHJA National Hunter Derby
Friday, May 6 ~ 6:30PM
Surfside Grand Prix
Presented by iJump Sports
Saturday, May 7 ~ 6:45PM
Ride & Drive Classic
Presented by The Competitive Equestrian Magazine
Grand Prix of Del Mar
“We love being part of the Del Mar National Horse Show,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “The competitors, exhibitors, sponsors and owners always have such a great time, especially during the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar. We can’t wait to see everyone this week!”
If you are unable to join us in person, you can stay in the loop with the live webcast of the Del Mar Arena all week, including Friday and Saturday nights, throughEQSportsNet and be sure to follow Del Mar National on Facebook!
Danielle Ballard for West Palms Events
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