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 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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