National Sunshine Series

October 31st - November 11th, 2018

The National Sunshine Series is a desert gem of equestrian sport located in the sunny Coachella Valley. Watch world-class riders and horses compete in this Premiere, 2-week show series located 20 minutes from the Resort Capitol of the World, Palm Springs.

2018 Dates


National Sunshine Series I - FEI CSI 3*  October 31 - November 4   
$35,000 Coachella Welcome Stake - FEI Friday, November 2
USHJA HOTY Equitation Championship Sat & Sun, November 3, 4
$40,200 Coachella Classic - FEI Saturday, November 3
USHJA HOTY Jumper Championship Sunday, November 4
$100,000 Coachella Grand Prix - FEI Sunday, November 4
National Sunshine Series II - FEI CSI 3*-W  November 7-11  
$35,000 Desert Welcome Stake - FEI Thursday, November 8
$40,200 Desert Classic - FEI Friday, November 9
USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championship Fri, Sat & Sun, November 9, 10, 11
NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Finals Saturday, November 10
$100,000 Longines World Cup Qualifier - FEI Saturday, November 10
USHJA Children's & Adult Amateur Hunter Championship Sat & Sun, November 10, 11
HITS Sunshine Equitation Championships Sat & Sun, November 10, 11
CPHA Style of Riding Championship Sunday, November 11
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Sunday, November 11



Location:  AON HITS Desert Horse Park  |  85-555 Airport Boulevard, Thermal, California 92274

Admission: No admission charge for performances Wednesday- Saturday. Sunday General Admission tickets are $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.  Parking is free.

Tickets: Tickets available in advance by clicking HERE, or at the gate.

Getting to the show: From points West: From I-10 East. Keep RIGHT to take CA-86 Spur South toward Brawley/El Centro. 6.5 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Airport Boulevard 2.2 miles and proceed to stabling gate. Spectators may enter via the Main gate. All parking is free. 

From points East: From I-10 West. Take the Dillon Road Exit toward CA-86S Expressway/Coachella. 0.2 miles. Turn LEFT onto Dillon Rd. 0.7 miles. Turn LEFT to take the CA-86S Expressway ramp. 0.2 miles. Merge onto CA-86 Spur South 5.2 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Airport Boulelvard 2.2 miles. Proceed to stabling gate. Spectators may enter via the Main gate. All parking is free.

Refreshments: Spectators can grab some lunch from the HITS Restaurant Pavilion or HITS Bar and Grill and find a grassy spot on the berms while watching some of the world's best show jumping.

Shopping: Vendor Row features dozens of shops offering quality equestrian gear, apparel, jewelry and more. 

For a map of the property, click here.