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Del Mar Kicks Off with Some Big Names and Exciting Classes

Kent Farrington. Photos By: ESI Photography.

Day One of the Del Mar International Horse Show’s Welcome Week began with plenty of thrills and excitement as the 1.30m, 1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers got underway in the Del Mar International’s Del Mar Arena. These three classes boasted an impressive lineup of superstar riders, including Longines World Ranked #2 Rider Beezie Madden, Longines World Ranked #6 Rider Kent Farrington, Longines World Ranked #32 Rider Lauren Hough, Longines World Ranked #68 Jack Hardin Towel, Susan Artes, Mandy Porter, Canadian Ben Asselin, Olympian Will Simpson, Hap Hansen, Nayel Nassar, Lane Clark, Ashlee Bond, Karl Cook, and many others.

There were 67 horse and rider pairs to go in the 1.30m, 36 entries in the 1.35m and just 13 competitors to see in the 1.40m.

The 1.30 was taken by Nayel Nassar aboard his own mount Baraka, besting 66 other entries to emerge victorious. In the 1.35, Jamie Sailor rode Jodie Camberg’s Veneto DHZ to an impressive win, and in the 1.40, Will Simpson and The Dude, owned by Monarch International, took home the blue to the delight of spectators.

Today was just the beginning, as Del Mar prepares for two weeks of thrilling international competition featuring 2015’s top riders in show jumping, hunters, and hunter derbies.

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up during Welcome Week:

Friday, October 9th

  • $5,000 South Shore Farm Grand Prix Hunter Derby, Presented by Fleeceworks
  • $25,000 LA Saddlery 1.45m

Saturday, October 10th

  • $25,000 PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Hunter Championship Round 1
  • $25,000 Del Mar Welcome Prix

Sunday, October 11th

  • $25,000 PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Hunter Championship Final
  • $45,500 Grand Prix of the Pacific, Presented by Copernicus Stables
Beezie Madden
Beezie Madden

Next week, the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Del Mar takes place on Saturday evening, with a riders’ press conference immediately following. Please visit www.jumpdelmar.com for more information on this exclusive event.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy top international equestrian competition, with all of the thrills, excitement and breath-taking action elite show jumping has to offer. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information! Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook.

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Del Mar International Horse Show Awarded FEI 4* Rating

Rich Fellers and Flexible. Photo By: Rick Osteen.

Increased Prize Money Earns Del Mar International FEI 4* Rating as Part of the New Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League

West Palms Events is pleased to announce a new FEI 4* rating for the Del Mar International Horse Show. This rating reflects our dedication to bringing audiences and competitors the highest levels of equestrian competition, and we are proud to host this prestigious 4* event at Del Mar International Horse Show. By increasing prize money and earning the four star rating, West Palms Events has provided more opportunities for riders to win prize money, and of course earn valuable world ranking points.

We are also excited to announce the release of Sacramento International and Del Mar International’s Prize List. Check out the prize list and schedules for Sacramento International by clicking here and Del Mar International by clicking here. Don’t miss the exclusive trailer for Del Mar International here.

Del Mar, CA is the home of Del Mar International Horse Show, October 7-18. This show features world-class competition and attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders. Minutes from San Diego, the Del Mar area features golden beaches, luxurious resorts, upscale shopping and dining, and a mild year-round climate.

“We are committed to hosting International-caliber shows here in California, and I am extremely proud to present an FEI 4*-rated event at the Del Mar International in 2015,” Dale Harvey said. “This marks an exciting time for West Palms Events and the Del Mar International. We have reached a new standard of quality and excellence through our 4* rating, and I am looking forward to delivering an outstanding event that promotes equestrian sport at the highest level.”

The Del Mar International Horse Show is part of the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, hosting one of only seven World Cup Qualifiers on the West Coast of North America. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar attracts Olympic veterans and world class athletes, competing head to head for a spot in the World Cup Finals. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar will be held in the evening on October 17, with many other FEI classes held throughout the two weeks of competition.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy top international equestrian competition, with all of the thrills, excitement and breath-taking action elite show jumping has to offer. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information regarding the Del Mar International and Sacramento International Horse Shows. Be sure to send your entries in early. Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook.

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Payton Smith Discusses How Earning the Scholarship Will Affect Her Show Year

Payton Smith and Cancun. Photo By: Totem Photographics.

Hard Work and Dedication to Show Jumping Lead Payton Smith to Apply for the Scholarship

We want to share with you a behind the scenes look at the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship winners through a series of profiles. We hope you enjoy and congratulate these riders as they work their way through the show season!

Payton Smith is a fifteen-year-old rider from Woodinville, WA and she projects a friendly personality full of enthusiasm for her equestrian passion. It’s evident from speaking with her that she has real goals and the determination to succeed. When faced with a challenge she seems to apply good old-fashioned practicality and hard work to meet the goals. It was this practicality and determination that led her to apply for the West Palms Events’ 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. Winning the scholarship meant an opportunity to open doors for her beyond the resources available to her now.

The scholarship is named in remembrance of the late Michael Nyuis, nephew to West Palms Events’ Dale Harvey. Michael affected others through his positive, friendly personality and an I Can Help You attitude. He was always happy to help and support others whenever he could. He would be proud to have been part of the scholarship to help riders accomplish their goals with financial assistance at the shows. He will be greatly missed, but his memory will live on through the annual Michael Nyuis Scholarship program.

“I am very happy to support riders in their journeys in becoming professionals in the Equestrian industry,” says Dale Harvey. “Naming the scholarship in in remembrance of Michael was natural because he was always going out of his way to help others and positively affect friends and family. He will always be missed.”

Payton began riding at the age of four on her family farm, Archway Stables. Her mother, Corene Smith, and grandmother, Clare Warren, have always been her trainers. Payton competes on her horse Skyline, a Hanoverian mare, owned by Archway Stables. Earlier this year, she planned to attend HITS horse shows at Thermal. But when the stables weren’t able to provide the funds necessary to travel that didn’t stop Payton at all.

“I was really looking forward to it. Skyline was just coming back from an injury and it was going to be our first show back together,” explains Smith. No stranger to body clipping at the family farm, she devised a plan to clip all the horses stabled there and raise the money herself. Just in the nick of time she was able to earn the money and get her and her horse to Thermal!

Though she has competed in Hunters and Jumpers she focuses her efforts on the 3’6″ medal classes. While she does well in Washington State, what Payton really wants to do is test herself against top equitation riders in California.

Smith said, “I want to learn what it takes to succeed in the higher ranks of the 3’6″ medals. It’s really going to put my riding and skills to the test. I’m sure it will form an even better bond with me and my horse as well.” As an aspiring professional, Payton believes this will provide an invaluable learning experience for her and Skyline too.

Payton has never competed at a West Palms Events show but she said, “I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about West Palms’ shows. They are well run and the staff is really nice to work with. That stands out in the horse show world.”

When she was 5 she attended the Del Mar International Horse Show as a spectator and it must have made an impression. Payton says the 2 week Del Mar International in October is the West Palms Events show she most wants to attend with her scholarship funds. When she learned that she had won the scholarship she was in total disbelief. She said, “I thought my mom was pulling a joke on me. I was beyond ecstatic. I was so grateful and blown away!”

West Palms Events congratulates Payton Smith as a recipient of the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. We look forward to supporting her growth as a rider. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well on her future success.

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