Visiting our Horse Park
Spectators are welcome anytime the show is taking place, from Wednesday through Sunday each week of competition. Admission is free and we have food and drinks available for purchase. Enjoy luxurious shopping at our wonderful vendor row, and take a seat at any of the 14 competition rings and enjoy beautiful hunters and athletic show jumpers up to the grand prix level.
If you have questions about coming to watch, please contact tori@deserthorsepark.
*Please note that general admission is free of cost and tickets are not required.
Visitor guides are also available at the front gate when you arrive.
Desert International Horse Park is home to four show circuits, each of which occurs annually
The National Sunshine Series is a nationally rated hunter/jumper competition from November 2-13, 2022. Each week spans Wednesday through Sunday, with a break for the horses on Monday and a practice day Tuesday. Each show day begins at 8pm and lasts typically until sundown, or whenever the start lists reach their conclusion. We have fourteen competition rings running, each with a different level, fence height, and/or age, so all levels, riding abilities, and ages are represented. See the full breakdown of National Sunshine events here.
Occurring from November 29-December 18, features three weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Weeks one and two are CSI5* rated, meaning they feature the highest level of international show jumping and draw Olympic-caliber athletes from across the globe. CSI2* show jumping also takes place for horses and riders to compete on an international stage but at a lower level. National competition takes place for the hunters and jumpers as well, so there is plenty of jumping happening in all 14 rings during Desert Holiday!
Desert Holiday also welcomes two weeks of Major League Show Jumping, which is similar to Formula 1. Top international riders represent various teams and go head to head in a team competition for $200,000 in prize money. Then, individual athletes contend for up to $450,000 in prize money in the biggest Grand Prix of the season. The Major League Show Jumping Final takes place Friday night during Week two.
Desert Circuit takes place from January 4-March 19, but with two weeks off, from January 22-29, 2023 and February 20-27, 2023. Otherwise, every Wednesday through Sunday will feature both national and international competition in the hunters and jumpers. Desert Circuit show jumping ranges from CSI2* to CSI4*, which is a very high level of show jumping and will draw international competitors and their world-class horses from all over the globe. See the full breakdown of Desert Circuit here.
If jumping isn’t your preferred discipline, Desert Dressage also takes place five separate occasions throughout the season. Dressage weeks are as follows: October 28-30, 2022, November 17-20, 2022, December 15-18, 2022, January 5-8, 2023, and February 24-26, 2023. November, December, and January events are all CDI rated, meaning they are international competitions with qualifying events for future championships. The desert has become a premier destination for dressage riders on the West Coast!
It was a good day to be Irish. Irishmen topped the podiums of each of the feature classes Friday of Desert Holiday I at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP), and took several of the second- and third-place finishes as well. Taking the top spot in the $72,200...
Tanimara Macari (MEX) put her trust in her horses on Thursday of Desert Holiday I and it paid off. The 23-year-old rider, competing along the Major League Show Jumping Tour, was on fire to take the win in both the CSI2* and CSI5* classes on the grass during her first...
Eugenio Garza Perez took a big win for his team in the desert to close out 2021, and he’s back to his winning ways in 2022 as he topped the first National class of Desert Holiday, the $10,000 Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Welcome Speed. Aboard Caracas, he secured the...