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Equestrians Compete in Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix

DEL MAR Fairgrounds --- An expected field of more than 60 of the finest jumper horses and riders on the West Coast will compete in the $25,000 Lexus Grand Prix, at the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

The $25,000 Lexus Grand Prix is a qualifying event designed to eliminate all but the top contenders who'll move on to a final Grand Prix competition. The 30 best horses and riders who negotiate the Lexus course cleanly and within the allowed time will go on to compete in the Del Mar National Horse Show's premier event, the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser, an AGA event on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m., in Del Mar Arena.

In previous years, the Lexus Grand Prix has attracted in excess of 60 entries, making it the largest field of Grand Prix riders in California and the most competitive class on the Pacific Coast Circuit. Spectators will be treated to Olympic-caliber show jumping in this highly competitive class.

Peter Holmes of Canada, a world-renowned course designer, designs this year' s course.

Top contenders for this year' show include Nicole Shahanian-Simpson, Richard Spooner, Susie Hutchinson, Hap Hansen, Sarah Baldwin, Mary Tyng, Rich Fellers, Mandy Porter, Will Simpson, John French and many more!

Tickets to the Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix are $8 for grandstand seats and $12 for box seats. Individual tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling 619-220-TIXS (619-220-8497). Tickets may also be purchased via the Internet at Box seats may be purchased through the Del Mar Fairgrounds Box Office by calling 858-792-4252. Or visit

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