Event in Focus: 2013 Del Mar National Horse Show
April 18th-May 5th, 2013
Del Mar Fairgrounds
San Diego’s premier equestrian event is back! Now in its 68th year, this a chance for San Diego residents to see some of the county’s best riders and horses, including several Olympic team members and other international equestrian stars.
April 18th-21st: Western Week
Dust off your cowboy boots and rustle up your hat: the old west is back. From western pleasure classes to reining, to trail competitions and barrel racing, come out and see some genuine American Quarter Horses compete to win. The highlight of this week is The Night of the Horse, a fantastic show on the order of Cavalia. Night of the Horse tickets are available, while the rest of the Western Week events are free to spectators.
April 25th-28th: Dressage Week
Unless you were living under a rock during last election season, you’ve heard of dressage. Mitt Romney’s wife, Anne, is a dressage rider and co-owner of Rafalca, a horse that traveled to London this past Olympics to compete in the highest level of the sport, Grand Prix, with her rider, Jan Ebling. Additionally, many members of the US Dressage team, past and present will be on hand to compete for the top prize in both the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle. The highlight of Dressage Week takes place on the 27th, The Evening of Musical Freestyles. Horse and rider pairs dance around the area to their own choreographed patterns and music. All other dressage events are free to spectators.
April 30th-May 5th: Hunter/Jumper Week
One of the most exciting sports, Hunter/Jumper week features a variety of different jumping events, open to riders and horses of all make and model. The premier event of the week is the Saturday night $10,000 Grand Prix jumping event. The stars are sure to be out during Hunter/Jumper week…catch several past and present Olympians in the competition line-up. As in the other weeks, all regular events are free to spectators.