Entries are now open for the 2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship presented by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and the Lowham-Ruzzo Family, taking place on October 19-22, 2023, at the Salem Farm Showgrounds in Upperville, VA. The popular four-day competition will offer a variety of hunter, jumper, and equitation classes, including exciting qualifying classes for the 2023 Washington International Horse Show. Entries close Monday, October 2.
“We are thrilled that TTR Sotheby’s International Realty is returning as a presenting sponsor of the WIHS Regional Horse Show for 2023,” stated Mark Lowham, CEO and Managing Partner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “Each year, WIHS brings exceptional equestrian talent and traditions to our region and it’s an event that is highly anticipated by our clients and associates alike. We are inspired by the athletes and staff that continue to make this show extraordinary, and we look forward to another successful competition.”
Teach For America (TFA) returns as the event’s charity partner. An organization that works toward the day when every child will receive an excellent and equitable education, Teach For America finds and nurtures leaders who commit to expanding opportunities for low-income students.
“The team at Teach For America – D.C. Region is humbled by the WIHS Regional Horse Show’s commitment to extending our mission to ensure students in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas have the educational foundation they need to learn, lead, thrive, and shape a better future for themselves and their communities,” said Ryan Tauriainen, Executive Director of Teach For America – D.C. Region. “We’re very grateful to WIHS for its support of children and TFA teachers and wish the equestrian athletes the best of luck at this year’s competition.”
WIHS Regional Hunter Finals Return
After a three-year absence, the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals and WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals will again be held at the Washington International Horse Show at The Show Place Arena, on Monday, October 23. The top four horses in each WIHS Regional Children’s and Adult Hunter division and the top five ponies in the WIHS Regional Pony Hunter division at the WIHS Regional Horse Show will qualify for the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals and WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals at The Show Place Arena.
USHJA Zone 3 Championship
The USHJA Zone 3 Championship will be held on Sunday, October 22, with hunter, jumper, and hunter breeding (Thursday) sections. The top horses in each division, based on total USHJA points, will be invited to compete. Invitations will be sent in early October.
2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show Highlights
- Top entries in the WIHS Regional Hunter and WIHS Regional Pony Hunter divisions will automatically qualify for the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals and WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals at The Show Place Arena.
- Overall champions in the Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper divisions will automatically qualify for the WIHS Championships at The Show Place Arena.
- 12th Annual Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award presented by Victoria Lowell and Charles Ancona. Nominations open on Thursday, September 14.
- The Maryland Horse Shows Association’s (MHSA) horsemanship contest returns to the 2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show. The contest, which will be divided into three age groups — young juniors, older juniors, and adults — includes a written test and a hands-on horse practicum. For more information and to register, contact Justine Powers-Jarvis at email@example.com.
- MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals on Saturday, October 21
- USHJA Zone 3 Championship for Hunter Breeding on Thursday, October 19
- Grand Championships for Green Hunter, Children’s and Adult Hunters, Children’s Hunter Ponies, and Adult Jumpers
- New this year, The Papillon Peanut Perpetual Trophy donated by Wendy Libert will be awarded to the Grand Champion Adult Jumper.
- Daily hospitality in an exhibitor-friendly atmosphere
New Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities
- Showcase your products and services to exhibitors and spectators on the new vendor row with close proximity to show rings. For options, visit wihs.org/vendors.
- Sponsorships are available at all levels. Contact Lara McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Learn more about the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship at wihs.org/wihs-regional.
- Sign up for text alerts provided by RingSide Pro at ringsidepro.com.
- Pre-order golf carts from United Metro Golf Cart at golfcartrentals.com.
- Visit Official Photographer Shawn McMillen Photography at shawnmcmillen.com.
- The 65th annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 23-29, at The Show Place Arena, in Upper Marlboro, MD. Learn more at wihs.org.
2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show Location
Salem Farm Showgrounds
8300 John S. Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA 20184
2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show Sponsors
The WIHS Regional Horse Show welcomes and expresses great appreciation for the support of its 2023 Star, Blue Ribbon, and Champion Sponsors. Special thanks to our Champion Sponsors: Charles Ancona, The Clothes Horse, Archie Cox, Heisley-Bishop Family, Victoria Lowell, The Madeira School, United Metro Golf Cart, and USHJA Zone 3.
About Washington International Horse Show, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious, competitive, and entertaining equestrian events with competition for international, professional, amateur, junior and child riders. Highlights include the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup, the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, top national hunters and jumpers, plus popular community, and charity events. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition. For more information, visit wihs.org.