Kramer Arena and Equestrian Center



The Samuel E Kramer Arena was built in 1957 and dedicated to Samuel Kramer who originated the Santa Barbara National Horse that ultimately led to the creation of the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The oval shaped Kramer Arena was designed as horse show venue and features a 31,500 sq/ft arena floor and overhead lighting . The arena floor is comprised of a mixture of river sand and top soil  that provides sure and safe footing for horses. The Kramer arena has grand stand seating that will accommodate 2,750 people and the arena floor can be configured to seat an additional 1,200 people in a concert setting.

While designed for equestrian events the Kramer Arena is flexible enough to be used for a variety of events. The Kramer Arena has been converted for concert use and used for other outdoor meetings. The arena has been used extensively for rodeos and other livestock events.



The Kramer Arena is home to over 20 equestrian events each year including the prestigious Santa Barbara National Horse Show and Santa Barbara Amateur Horse Show. Behind the Kramer Arena are two additional arenas the Warm-Up and Mountain View Arenas which each cover approximately 34,375 sq/ft (125’x 250′) The El Camino Arena near the southwest corner of the property covers approximately 27,000 sq/ft (120′ x 225′)

The Earl Warren Equestrian Center contains 600 barn stalls in close proximity to all arenas. Equestrian Center also features two equestrian wash racks with space to wash and groom eight Horses.

Rental Information

Kramer Arena
includes warm up ring

Mountain View Arena
includes warm up ring

El Camino Arena

Kramer & Mountain View Arenas

All Arenas
includes basic utilities, use of PA and phone system, show office, 3 drags and water

Kramer Arena
(Concerts/rodeos/spectator events)

Removal of Box A
(set up steps for public to access Arena floor)

Main Arena
(Non-Equestrian events) includes basic utilities and use of PA

Box Office

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