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Del Mar National Horse Show: April 19-May 6, 2012


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 6, 2012[days & times]
  • WHERE Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
    Map | Website
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $700

Del Mar National Horse Show
April 19-May 6, 2012

Elegance, excitement, excellence — these are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western United States.

The show will run for three weeks beginning April 19-May 6, 2012. Western competition will be featured the first week, April 19-22; Dressage Week follows April 26-29; and Hunter/Jumper Week classes conclude the show May 1-6.

Night of the Horse, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Western Week's themed show with amazing equestrian acts and emceed by actress Bo Derek.

Hermès Evening of Musical Freestyles, April 28 at 7 p.m. Dressage Week's elite competition event, featuring horse and rider performing to exquisitely choreographed music.

$50,000 Surfside Grand Prix presented by ShowBiz Magazine, May 4 at 5 p.m. & $100,000 Hermès Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Intuit, May 5 at 6:45 p.m. Each of these highlight Hunter/Jumper Week events is a USEF Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Weekdays: Free until 4 p.m.

Night of the Horse presents “Why We Love Horses” on Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m. — $18.00 / $10.00 Children (12 & younger) grandstand
Night of the Horse Show Box — $426.00

Dressage Show
Saturday, April 28, 8:00AM —$10.00 grandstand
Sunday, April 29, 8:00AM —$10.00 grandstand
All Week Show Box — $600.00 (Includes Hermès Evening of Musical Freestyles)

Hermès Evening of Musical Freestyles
Saturday, April 28, 7:00PM — $18.00 grandstand
Evening of Musical Freestyles Show Box — $400.00

Hunter/Jumper Show
Thursday, May 3, 6:15PM —$10.00 grandstand
Friday, May 4, 5:00PM —$10.00 grandstand
Saturday, May 5, 8:00AM —$10.00 grandstand
Sunday, May 6, 8:00AM —$10.00 grandstand
All Week Show Box — $700.00
(Includes The $100,000 Hermès Grand Prix of Del Mar

$100,000 Hermès Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Intuit
$5,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia Celebrity Ride & Drive
Saturday, May 5, 6:45PM — $18.00 grandstand

By calling the Box Office, (858) 792-4252.
By calling Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.
Online at

Sign up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds' equestrian email list, and we'll send you periodic updates. After you click the link, choose "Equestrian Events" and and any other categories of interest to you.

LOCATION: Del Mar Fairgrounds: 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014. Google Map

PARKING: Paid parking ($9.00) will be in effect Saturdays and Sundays during the show, and possibly other days as well.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Show jumping or stadium jumping is characterized by a cou...

Above: Show jumping or stadium jumping is characterized by a course of brightly colored jumps in the arena. An exciting test of speed, power, agility, and control, horse/rider teams must negotiate technical courses with fences exceeding 5’ in height and spread. Courtesy of the Del Mar National Horse Show


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