Del Mar National Horse Show kicks off this month

The 66th annual Del Mar National Horse Show is slated to kick off this month at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 21, and run through Sunday, May 8.

Each week of the event of dedicated to different equestrian discipline: Western from April 24 through 24; Dressage from April 28 through May 1; and Hunter/Jumper from May 3 through 8. Each week of the show will also incorporate a signature Saturday night event.

Western week’s “Night of Horses” on April 23 features several equestrian entertainers, including Tommie Turvey, whose work has been featured in major film and TV productions, and Matt McLaughlin, the former head trainer for the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions.

Dressage week includes a qualifying competition for the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Grand Prix Championships, Intermediaire Championships, Pan American Selection Trial, and Federation Equestrian International’s North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. On Saturday, April 30, there will also be a freestyle dressage competition. Local rider, Olympian, and World Cup champion Steffen Peters will also ride — and distinguished guests for this year’s show include top competitor Leslie Morse, as well as local rider and Olympian Guenter Siedel.

Hunter/Jumper week will feature the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on Saturday, May 7, which caps off the show. Riders and horses will compete on a difficult course of jumps exceeding 5-feet in height and weight. Rich Fellear, who won both the $25,000 Surfside and $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar last year, will compete again this year. Olympian Will Sampson and his wife Nicole Shahinian-Sampson, a six-time World Cup competitor, will also be there with their best horses.

Admission to the event is free on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reserved seats from weeknight and weekend daytime performances are $10 for grandstand seating and $23 for box seats. Grandstand tickets are $18 for each Saturday evening highlight event, and are on sale now through and the Del Mar fairgrounds box office.

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