Del Mar National Horse Show 2017

Del mar horse show

Dates:  April 18 – May 7, 2017
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For nearly three-quarters of a century, equestrian sports aficionados have marked their calendars each April and May for the Del Mar National Horse Show, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the beautiful seaside town of Del Mar, California.

The Del Mar National began in the mid-1940s as part of the annual San Diego County Fair, which occurs each June at the Fairgrounds. By the late 1970s, it had grown so large that it outgrew the confines of the county fair and became a separate event. Western and Hunter/Jumper competition comprised the then two-week show until the early 1990s, when the Dressage competition made its debut, adding a third week.

Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce! Don’t miss out—come and join us!

Elegance, excitement, and excellence are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S. The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the 70th anniversary show for another spectacular equestrian season. Here are the this year’s dates, so mark your calendar now:

Western Week: April 18 -April 22
Dressage Week: April 27 – April 27
Hunter/Jumper Week: May 2 – May 7


Visiting the Del Mar National

Del Mar is about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, next to the Pacific Ocean.

From Interstate 5, take the Via de la Valle exit and head west.
Turn left on Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

  • Exhibitors enter through the Stable Gate, an immediate right turn after the turn onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
  • Spectators enter the Main Parking entrance off of Jimmy Durante Boulevard; signs and parking personnel will provide directions.

Parking is $10 per vehicle, cash only.