Mar National Horse Show Wraps Up After 3 Memorable Weeks
Mar Fairgrounds - After three weeks of competition and six major
evening events the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show boasted
one of its finest shows ever, attracting thousands of horses and
riders and more than 15,000 spectators.
Del Mar National Horse Show is one of the most respected, distinguished
and popular equestrian events in Southern California. It features
a week of competition devoted to three unique disciplines: Western,
Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.
almost 3,000 entries performing in three arenas over four days,
the Western Week hosted four AQHA/PCQHA Shows Youth State Qualifier,
a PCHA Open Show with classes open to all breeds, and a $3,000 Added
NRHA Show open to all breeds.
Showcase Night included the 2003 USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals,
Challenge of the Breeds, and the Sliding Contest.
Huffman of Norco, CA and her horse, Top Hickory, were among the
biggest winners during Western Week. Huffman won a treasure trove
of reining awards at the Del Mar National; taking home the 2003
National Championship for the USA Equestrian Reining Seat Medal
Finals presented by EMO Agency, Inc, the "My Midnight Special"
trophy, Youngest Rider Trophy, and the Adrian Van Sinderen trophy.
Jenkins, from Chico, CA rode a Quarter Horse, Born To Be Good, to
win the $500 Challenge of the Breeds. Race entries included the
Quarter Horse, Paint, Friesian, Norwegian Fjord, and Tennessee Walker
breeds. The Challenge of the Breeds requires competitors to participate
in three of four classes including Pleasure Driving, Trail, Hunter
Under Saddle, and Western Pleasure (mandatory). Highest score wins.
Bond of Olivenhain, CA, rode Erins Dry Spirit owned by Tina Robinson
to win the $500 Sliding Contest. Open to all breeds, the Sliding
Contest winner is determined by the longest paralleled sliding tracks,
with no broken sections of tracks, counting the best of three runs.
Bond won at approximately 28 feet. Tom Foran of Foran Performance
Horses of Lake View Terrace, CA laid a slide almost 40 feet long
but had a break in a section of track to place second.
celebrated Night of the Horse extravaganza featured "Horses
Through the Centuries" entertaining a packed Del Mar Arena
grandstand. The extravaganza featured a variety of breeds, their
talents both utilitarian and competitive, from the past to the present.
The Night of the Horse was a spectacular showcase of horsemanship
from some of the most highly respected equestrian performers in
the world. Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey Jr. brought the house
down with Pokerjoe, his prized Paint, and their comical upside down
Week filled four arenas over four days featuring all levels of competition
including the 2003 North American Young Riders Selection Trial,
Qualifying competition for U.S. Young Horse Championships, USET
Qualifying competition for the 2003 USET Grand Prix Championships,
and the 2003 USET Intermediate Championships/Pan American Games
Week's featured event, an Evening of Musical Freestyles, presented
an enormous field of talent in the $5,000 CDI*** Grand Prix Freestyle.
Debbie McDonald on Brentina, owned by Peggy Thomas, executed a brilliant
Freestyle and received an impressive score of 81.500% to place first.
Guenter Seidel on Aragon, owned by Richard and Jane Brown received
a second place score of 73.850%. Steffan Peters on Grandeur, owned
by Lila Kommerstadn, received the third place score of 73.725%.
The top three received a standing ovation from the crowd in the
Del Mar Arena as they took their victory lap. It was an evening
of Olympic-caliber dressage with the McDonald and Seidel having
just returned from the World Cup in Sweden.
Week was "the second biggest show we've ever had" according
to Dale Harvey, technical show manager.
the Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix, Richard Spooner cleaned up,
winning first and second place. Thirteen riders went clean in a
huge field of 61 entries. Spooner rode a brilliant pace on Robinson,
owned by Halfmoon Bay Investment Group for a time of 65.080. He
almost duplicated the ride with a great round on Bradford, owned
by Kenly Farms for a finish of 66.701. Spooner's ride on Bradford
as the 47th entry moved them into second place. He held 1st and
2nd to the end of 61 entries.
Calvert of La Jolla, CA won the $25,000 Del Mar National Open Equitation
Championship presented by Monarch International's Show Circuit Magazine.
She rode Norton, owned by Stephanie Danhakl, for a huge score of
94 in the championship final round 1, and earned a score of 80 on
Katie Gardner's horse, Amadeus, in the final round for an overall
score of 174.
by rain earlier in the day, fans filled the Del Mar Arena to watch
a thrilling $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser,
an AGA event. Duncan McFarlane of Fairfield, CA, and Ezrah, owned
by Kathie Cheatham, went double clear and were fastest in the jump-off
field of five horses and riders.
horses and riders attempted to win over a 16-fence course set by
designer Peter Holmes of Canada. Five teams finished the first round
clean and moved on to a jump-off over eight fences. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson,
on El Campeon's Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farms also went double
clear but was beaten by just .171 of a second by McFarlane and Ezrah.
results for the DMNHS can be found by visiting the show's Web site