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26 Preview: The 2017 Del Mar National Horse Show


WESTERN WEEK


April 18–22 C


ompetition highlights will include National Reining Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association classes, as well as qualifiers for the


Jack and Linda Baker Classic. On Saturday night at 7 p.m., the


Night Of the Horse Show is not a competition, but rather a fami- ly-oriented evening with amazing equestrian acts. This year, the Del Mar National Horse Show wel- comes the return of Sylvia Zerbini, a ninth-generation performer who has captivated audiences across the globe since the age of fi ve. Her father, a wild animal trainer, and her mother, a famous trapeze artist, allowed Sylvia to ultimately nurture her true passion, working with her family’s horses. Blessed with a giſt for reading horses, Sylvia professionally trained and per- formed with horses at liberty while still a young teen. The former star of the acclaimed Cavalia, Sylvia orchestrates the movements of eight to 10 gorgeous white Arabians, a truly memorable and mes- merizing theatrical performance.


WESTERN WEEK April 18–22 Also performing


John Payne, the One-Armed Bandit, a fan favorite who has been voted the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Specialty Act of the Year 15 times since 1988.


Tomas Garcilazo, who along with his family will revisit their ancestral tradition in a Dia de los Muertos performance in a unique and special act for Del Mar that has never been seen.


Spencer Rose, a California native who stepped into performing on horseback at age 12 with the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls and became one of the world’s best female trick ropers before embark- ing on a career as a multi-talented liberty trainer with the Cavalia and Odysseo shows. Spencer will combined her circus and rodeo talents into a mixture of fi re whips, lasso and trick riding at Del Mar.


Arizona Mini Mystique, a world class driving team whose ener- getic, precision drills are set to lively music and include diffi cult maneuvers such as the Box Cross, Flag Circles and crowd favor- ite, the Suicide Wheel. The group has performed at the Rose Parade several times, the Calgary Stampede and 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. When not performing, mem- bers enjoy taking their horses to retirement homes, schools and other nonprofi t fundraising events.


More Online: ht p://delmarnational.com/exhibitors/western-week-exhibitors


DRESSAGE WEEK


April 27–30 T


he highlight of Dressage Week is the Evening of Musical Freestyles, including the Open FEI & USEF CDI Qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle.


Some of the world’s leading pairs will demonstrate the artistry, athleticism and awe-inspiring collaboration between horse and rider as they dance to exquisitely choreographed music.


Highlights Thursday, April 27


Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Prix St Georges-Open & JR/YR and Developing Horse will be held in the Del Mar Arena. Many CDI 3• riders will be using these as warm-up classes!


DRESSAGE WEEK April 27–30


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Friday, April 28 CDI Classes including Prix St Georges, YR/JR & Young Horse. 3 p.m.: CDI-W Grand Prix and Exhibitor Welcome Party.


Saturday, April 29 CDI Classes including NAJR & NAYR Amateur


7 p.m.: Evening of Musical Freestyles including the Open FEI & USEF CDI Qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday, April 30


CDI Classes including Intermediaire and YR/JR Freestyles. Also, CDI U-25 & Amateur Grand Prix, CDI Young Horse Qualifying & National Developing Horse.


Be sure to check online for the full line-up of Dressage competition, too.


More Online: ht p://delmarnational.com/exhibitors/dressage-week-exhibitors


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