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Del Mar fair board discontinues equestrian shows at Horsepark in ’21

DEL MAR — The 22nd District Agricultural Association notified trainers and promoters earlier this week that it will pause equestrian activities, including horse shows and horse boarding, at Del Mar Horsepark in 2021.

By moving horse shows from a 64-acre equestrian center to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the 22nd DAA Board of Directors may further evaluate the cost of water quality requirements for equestrian activities at the park while also providing other community needs.

The Horsepark facility is located at the corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, nearly two miles east of the Fairgrounds. The environmentally sensitive area is adjacent to the San Dieguito River.

The Fairgrounds, which recently underwent significant infrastructure upgrades, will continue to accommodate large-scale equestrian events, such as thoroughbred racing, horse shows and livestock exhibitions.

The two-year, $15 million improvement project included converting the Del Mar Racetrack infield water features into stormwater best management practices, such as a holding pond and a constructed wetlands-treatment area.

As part of its $15 million investment, the 22nd DAA has constructed a state-of-the-art treatment plant that is intended to remove residual pollutants from stormwater before entering nearby waterways in compliance with local state and federal regulations.

Staff is currently working with promoters that have historically held their shows at Horsepark to relocate them to the Fairgrounds.