Palos Verdes 65th Anniversary of the Portuguese Bend Horse Show!

Palos Verdes 65th Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show!

Palos Verdes homes owners are invited to enjoy the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show held at Ernie Howlett Park, beginning on Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, 2023. This is the 65th year that this A-rated event offers three full days of a wide variety of special equestrian events.  Activities will be scheduled in both riding rings including the prestigious Pacific Coast Horse Association Horsemanship Medal Finals for riders 14 and under, 18 to 34, and the PCHA Victor Hugo Vidal Adult Horsemanship Class for riders 35 and over.  In addition, the $10,000 Harman Family Jr-A/O Jumper Classic and the $15,000 Seahorse Open Jumper Classic promise to challenge some of the West Coast’s finest Jumper riders over a difficult and exciting course.

This show is the most popular three day event of its kind in the Western United States.  Palos Verdes residents will enjoy the feel of an old fashioned hometown fair with food booths, boutiques, puppet shows, pony rides, animal shows, games, moon bounce and face painting. The Children’s Area is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday & Sunday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s theme is ” Jumping for Joy in Support of the Best Care for Kids.”  This event is sponsored by The Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital to benefit The Associates Chair in Endocrinology and The Associates Chair in Abdominal Transplant Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Riding events will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day.  On Friday admission is free all day, but on Saturday and Sunday, general admission will be $10 and children under 12 are free.  Parking is free and is located directly across from the event, with free shuttle services. There is also VIP parking available for $200/day.  You can also reserve ringside tables.  Each day’s special event schedule and shows can be found at, or call (310)-318-8258.

There is a special Saturday Night Supper with entertainment. The Supper goes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $100 if purchased by August 24, and $110 if purchased after August 24, 2023. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for Saturday Night Supper.

To view my prior article on the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show click here.

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show

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