Del Mar Fairgrounds opens stables to evacuated horses

By Joe Tash

The Del Mar Fairgrounds opened its stables to horses evacuated due to a wildfire that broke out near 4S Ranch in North San Diego County on May 13.

Fairgrounds general manager Tim Fennell said about 200 horses had been moved to stables on the horse park property, which is east of the main fairgrounds, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 1,000 homes had been evacuated from communities including 4S Ranch, Santaluz and Fairbanks Ranch.

“We have horses on the way,” Fennell said during the board meeting of the 22nd Agricultural Association on Tuesday afternoon. The 22nd DAA operates the state-owned fairgrounds, which has been used as an evacuation center for horses and other livestock during previous wildfires.

Fennell said only a limited number of horses could be sheltered at the horse park property because of a major horse show underway at the facility. But he said the stables at the main fairgrounds property — where the annual horse racing meet is held — were also being opened for livestock evacuations.

The annual San Diego County Fair will be held at the fairgrounds beginning June 7.