HITS Del Mar Hosts The First CDI4* at the 75th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

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Elizabeth Ball and Vivalia - Photo by Terri Miller

Edited Press Release

DEL MAR, CA – April 15– The Del Mar National Show returned for its 75th Anniversary to welcome top riders from near and far. After a four-year hiatus, this USEF Heritage event is making a comeback, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate at the Del Mar Horsepark. The Dressage week of the show debuted competition from Training Level through International Grand Prix from April 11-14, 2024.  

The event is a favorite for competitors and spectators alike, with riders in the junior/young rider, adult amateur, and open divisions vying for first place wins and perpetual trophies.  

The Del Mar National Horse Show has a rich legacy in Del Mar spanning back to 1946 originally at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year marks a significant milestone in the history of the Del Mar National Horse Show, as we moved to a new location, HITS Del Mar Horsepark. With the return of the Del Mar National Horseshow it was upgraded to a CDI4*, the first to ever take place on the West Coast.  

Sunday, the USEF FEI Intermediate I Freestyle took place in the Evergate Stables Arena. Elizabeth Ball, riding her own Vivalia, took home the win in addition to The Hap Hansen Perpetual Trophy. This perpetual trophy was created to honor Hap Hansen and his mount Juniperus who had won multiple National and International titles in the Grand Prix Jumping circuit. Hansen wanted to test his theory that a great athlete is a great athlete, so he competed in the Intermediate Freestyle at Del Mar and won.

Molly Martin and R U 4 Me – Photo by Terri Miller

The CDI Intermediate Freestyle winner at Del Mar National is awarded the perpetual Rubino Bellissimo Trophy. Molly Martin on R U 4 Me took home the award in Memory of the Great Hanoverian Stallion Rubino Bellissimo (1996-2014).

Anna Buffini aboard FRH Davinia La Douce – Photo by Terri Miller

The Dressage Foundation also presented the Patsy Albers award to provide a $2,500 award to the highest placing rider who previously competed for the U.S. at a North American Youth Championship. Anna Buffini won the prestigious title this week after her rides on Fiontini and FRH Davinia La Douce. “These awards honor Patsy’s legacy by spotlighting riders who transitioned from NAYC competition to thriving in major CDI events across the U.S., reflecting two of Patsy’s passions in dressage.”

Steffan Peters and Suppenkaspar – Photo by Terri Miller

Some our highlighted classes include the CDI1* Prix St. George with Steffen Peters and Mani’s Endeavor taking home the win with a 71.912%. Close behind Steffen was Guenter Seidel and Bogart with an impressive 69.823% 

Steffan Peters and Mani’s Endeavor continued their success in the FEI Intermediate I with a score 71.883%, with Guenter Seidel and Bogart coming in second with a score of 67.382% 

In the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Special Anna Buffini and FRH Davinia La Douce took the lead with a 70.958%. 

In the first CDI4* FEI Grand Prix on the West Coast, our congratulations went to Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper who scored 72.391% and Anna Buffini and Fiontini were a close second with a score of 69.152%. 

On Sunday, we hosted the CDI4* FEI Grand Prix Special with Steffen Peters and Suppenkaspar continuing their winning streak with a total score of 73.234%. Anna Buffini came in with a close second riding Fiontini for a score of 71.766%.

Anna Buffini and FRH Davinia La Douce – Photo by Terri Miller

The Del Mar National Horse Show is not just an event; it’s a cherished tradition that brings together people who share a passion for horses and the equestrian lifestyle. Here’s to another 75 years of extraordinary horsemanship.