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The Santa Barbara National Horse Show returns to celebrate its 104th anniversary

The Santa Barbara National Horse Show returns to celebrate its 104th anniversary

The Santa Barbara National Horse Show returns to celebrate its 104th anniversary

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara National Horse Show kicked off its 104th year on Wednesday.

The event celebrates and brings together the best equestrian talents that also have a rich history.

For the fourth consecutive year, Lance Bennett is the show’s director.

“I like to think of horse shows as a party, so I consider myself a professional horse show director,” Bennett said. “This is a historic show that is near and dear to Santa Barbara, and it was created by Santa Barbara horsemen in the 1950s.”

The national spectacle is one of the largest and most celebrated traditions in the city of Santa Barbara.

The event is divided into two main shows: the multi-breed show which lasts until July 7th and then the Hunters and Jumpers which will take place the following week from July 10th to 14th.

Competitors and trainers have traveled from different parts of the country to ensure that their horses are in top condition to compete.

“It all depends on the horse and their personality. Some are great, some take a little longer,” said horse trainer Nani Barnes, “and sometimes the ones that take a little longer can become the stars. You never know.”

Pat Bright and Kay March have been competing together for over two decades.

Their love and passion for horses continues to grow and they would love for people to be open to learning why.

“Horses are one of the most interesting animals on the planet,” says Pat Bright. “They have very good memories. They remember you and remember whether you were nice or mean to them.”

The event is free to view at the Earl Warrens Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

For more information, you can visit their official website.