Del Mar National Horse Show arrives April 16

In its 70th year, the Del Mar National Horse Show runs from April 16 through May 3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena.

Elegance, excitement, and excellence are the hallmarks of the show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the western United States. A different aspect will be highlighted each week: Western Week (April 16-19); Dressage Week (April 23-26) and Hunter/Jumper Week (April 28-May 3).

Every Saturday night features an exciting equestrian experience. VIP Boxes for the Saturday night events are a great way to enjoy the show and will accommodate up to eight people. Enjoy exceptional tableside service with gourmet food, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Also included are a personalized show box plaque and two parking passes.

Among the highlights:

• Western Week: Four American Quarter Horse Association and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association shows, and National Reining Horse Association classes; Night of the Horse with champion horses and riders on April 18, sponsored by Mary’s Tack & Feed.

• Dressage Week: “Evening of Musical Freestyles” dressage competition April 25 with Olympic and World Champion pairs, plus world-renowned Enrique Martinez and his Friesian and Lusitano stallions.

• Hunter/Jumper Week: Horses and riders vie for more than $300,000 in prize money May 2 in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar; the $10,000 Speed Derby of Del Mar is also May 2.