The best horses and riders from around the world and across nation will soon meet on the streets of the U.S. capital for the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™, from October 22 through 27, 2019, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
One of the most thrilling and popular events in North America, WIHS will once again offer top sport and family-friendly entertainment by welcoming some of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians, celebrated hunter riders, and rising young stars. The qualifying lists for all WIHS Championship Finals are now available online, including the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, currently led by breakout junior star Sam Walker.
Seven nations have qualified to make up the WIHS international roster, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Switzerland. Representing their country on home soil, the U.S. rider list is stacked with the likes of Olympians Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, and McLain Ward, as well as defending President’s Cup champion Beezie Madden.
Riders from across the country compete throughout the year to qualify for WIHS in professional, junior, amateur-owner, and pony hunter divisions, as well as high and low junior/amateur-owner and open jumper divisions. WIHS welcomes riders from the West Coast, Texas, the Midwest, and all along the East Coast to compete head-to-head.
Qualifiers will be excited to see their name on the list for the coveted Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, and the $10,000 WIHS Children's Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, and $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship.
Washington International Horse Show Goes Green!
The environmental initiative, Green Is The New Blue, spearheaded by amateur rider Stephanie Bulger, is making a debut at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, running from October 22 through 27, 2019, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Launched earlier in 2019, Green Is The New Blue is a program designed to help horse shows be more eco-friendly and educate riders, trainers, vendors, spectators, and horse show staff on the simple but effective ways they can make a difference.
Here's how WIHS is "Going Green":
- All-new Green Flat Major located around the show with tips on how to be more eco-friendly.
- No more plastic bags at the WIHS merchandise store. Don’t worry, there will be reusable bags available!
- Limited edition "green" items in the WIHS merchandise store.
- Printing of tickets has been reduced to 40%.
- VIP tickets are now digital.
- Prize lists and programs are printed on recycled paper with soy ink.
- No more plastic water bottles—look for water coolers instead! Be sure to pick up a complimentary WIHS water bottle in the show office!
- Eco-friendly goods, including biodegradable napkins, cutlery, etc., in the AON exhibitors’ lounge
- A move to digital materials with a goal to no longer print prize lists in 2020.
- Recycled paper in show office.
- Recycling bins everywhere! Not sure what can be recycled? Green Flat Major will be there to help!
Sharon Campbell Finds Inspiration at Washington International Horse Show
Esteemed equestrian artist Sharon Lynn Campbell has unveiled the official artwork for the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, running from October 22 through 27, 2019, at Capital One Arena in the U.S. capital city of Washington, D.C.
Campbell is a self-taught talent who first picked up a paintbrush 20 years ago. She has been providing the official artwork for WIHS since 2015. She began her creative process in February when she and WIHS President Victoria Lowell embarked on flipping through the many iconic photos snapped at WIHS in 2018. They looked for something uniquely “Washington” and settled on two photos to inspire Campbell’s oil paintings.
“What I love about painting for the Washington International Horse Show is that is because of the subject, I get to use colors that I don’t usually use in traditional portraits,” said Campbell, who is always searching for an artsy pose that lends itself well to the creation of a WIHS-inspired piece.
About Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America's most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events attracting more than 26,000 spectators annually to Washington, D.C., for Olympic-level competition plus community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders arrive from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC for the President's Cup, the $25,000 Land Rover Puissance (high jump), $50,000 Speed Final on Military Night presented by Caterpillar Inc., and Kids' Day, a free, fun and educational community event. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C.
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