DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2019) – Patrick Boyle, owner of Showplace Productions, has been named the new manager for the 2020 Del Mar National Horse Show’s Hunter/Jumper Week. He replaces Dale Harvey, of West Palms Event Productions, who served as the Del Mar National’s Hunter/Jumper manager for 20 outstanding years of service.
“We are delighted to welcome Pat Boyle as our new Hunter/Jumper Manager,” said Amy Billburg, Equestrian Manager for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “Pat came to us with exciting concepts for our Hunter/Jumper show, and he’s known throughout the equestrian industry for his innovative ideas inside the arena.”
2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the Del Mar National Horse Show, which will kick off its three-week run on April 14, 2020. The iconic horse show brings together many of the most accomplished, athletic and revered horse and rider teams to compete for coveted trophies. Nearly 1,500 horses from various countries have been competing in the three-week show, which runs through May 3, 2020, for more than $300,000 in cash and prizes.
Boyle is the owner of Showplace Productions, one of the top horse show management companies in the U.S. which produces more than 30 Hunter and Jumper competitions every year at numerous venues throughout the country. Signature venues include Balmoral Equestrian Center and Ledges Sporting Horses & Show Grounds in Illinois, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and now the Del Mar National Horse Show.
“I am very excited to work with the staff at Del Mar and I’ve heard so much about the history represented by the perpetual trophies that the show offers,” Boyle said. “Together, we are going to work to bring new energy to this storied venue.”
Boyle managed the Lamplight Equestrian Center for more than 20 years before partnering with HITS Production Company to redevelop the Balmoral Equestrian Center and he managed the Colorado Horse Park until it’s sale to Equestrian Sport Productions.
Boyle is a large “R” official in the USEF Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation disciplines and is a USEF licensed course designer. He currently serves as the USEF Zone V Chairman and serves on the USHJA Competition Management, USHJA Show Standards, USHJA Awards and the USHJA Zone Hunter Council committees. He loves to donate his facilities and time to important offerings including the Emerging Athletes Program and clinics throughout the year. He was named USHJA Volunteer of the Year 2018 for his dedication to making the inaugural USHJA National Championship a huge success.
Boyle brings a horseman’s perspective to his leadership of Showplace Productions. Before his horse show management career began 30 years ago, he ran his family’s Spring Hill Farm where he oversaw the care of more than 100 horses, visited horse shows nationwide and campaigned on the Grand Prix Circuit.