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Hunter/Jumper equestrians fill Del Mar Arena for final week of competitions

Del Mar Fairgrounds (April 30, 2003) -- The Del Mar National Horse Show begins is final week of competitions yesterday, with more than 700 horses and riders vying for the show's top money events during Hunter/Jumper Week.

Hunter/Jumper week offers more than $125,000 in prize money, during three "premier"evenings of competitions. They include: the Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix on Thursday, May 1; the $25,000 Del Mar National Open Equitation Championship sponsored by Monarch International on Friday, May 2; and the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar sponsored by Budweiser - an American Grand Prix Association even on Saturday, May 3. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Del Mar Arena at the Fairgrounds Equestrian Center.

The Lexus $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix is a qualifying competition for the $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar. Spectators will be treated to Olympic-caliber show jumping in this highly competitive class. As many as 60 horse and rider could compete in this elimination event. The top 30 teams will go on to compete in Saturday's Grand Prix of Del Mar.

The $25,000 Open Equitation Championship sponsored by Monarch International and the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic will fill the Arena, Friday, May 2. The final two rounds of the Open Equitation Championship will be shown over an advanced equitation course with an emphasis on riding style, technique, and accuracy. The competition is open to all riders, including professionals and trainers.

The $75,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar presented by Budweiser -- an American Grand Prix Association event is the crowning competition of the Del Mar National. The Grand Prix will be recorded for a televised broadcast in June as part of the AGA's Bud Sports tour. The event was won last year by Jenni Martin on Pop Socks, owned by Temecula Valley Equestrian Center. Top contenders for this year''s 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!

Weekday admission to the Del Mar National Horse Show is free from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the entire run of the Horse Show. Individual tickets for all of the evening and weekend competitions are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 619-220-TIXS (619-220-8497). Tickets may also be purchased on 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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