Century Long Tradition of Horse Showing Ends at Pebble Beach A rider competes in a hunter trial at Pebble Beach in 1951. Photo: Palm Beach Horse Shows

Century Long Tradition of Horse Showing Ends at Pebble Beach

Excellence stemming from tradition can be hard to find in the horse show world. It will be even more difficult to discover on the west coast as Pebble Beach has announced after 100 years of putting on competitions, it’s lights out for the popular show.

Horse show manager Tim Postel said in a written statement, “It is with great sadness that I must tell you, after 10 decades of Pebble Beach horse shows, the Pebble Beach Company has decided it must come to an end. For all of you who that have had the pleasure of enjoying this very special place, we share in your sadness. We would like to thank you for the many special years and all the wonderful memories.”

The property, where the Pebble Beach Horse Show was held, will be developed.

The history of the grounds goes back to 1896. The very posh Hotel Del Monte built a combination race track and polo field, which was used for transporting and entertaining hotel guests. Later stable and arenas were completed and the first competition was held in 1924. Fifty entries competed in 12 events including the open jumpers. That one-day show started a tradition, which continued until now. It was recognized officially on August 4, 1946.

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center remains in business and offers boarding, training, and horseback riding lessons.