WIHS Highlights Maryland Horse Month With Super-Star Horses, Entertainment, and Fun


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Tickets available on Ticketmaster; Special offer for U.S. military and first responders

Tickets are on sale for the 65th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS Equestrian™. One of North America’s most time-honored, competitive, and entertaining equestrian events, WIHS will take place October 23-29, 2023, at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore designated October as Maryland Horse Month to recognize and celebrate the numerous contributions made by the state’s horse industry. WIHS is a pillar of Maryland Horse Month and will be a major attraction for horse enthusiasts statewide and beyond.

According to an economic impact study conducted by Stephen S. Fuller, professor emeritus at George Mason University, WIHS 2022 was an important source of economic activity and contributed $9.85 million to Prince George’s County, with further growth potential expected in the coming years.

WIHS attendees will experience the beauty and athleticism of the finest horses and riders in the country and the world, including Olympic veterans, plus enjoy entertaining exhibitions, boutique shopping, historical displays, VIP hospitality, an autograph session with top jumping athletes, and Kids’ Day. As a 501(c)(3) event, WIHS benefits Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as well as the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention. A special half-price offer is available for U.S. military and first responders. Daytime admission is free every day.

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Thursday, October 26 — “WIHS Goes Western” At MARS Barn Night

Cheer on horses and riders in a night of entertainment for all with special “WIHS Goes Western”-themed events for youth and barn groups. Competition includes top international jumping with the $78,000 Welcome Stake and $40,000 Accumulator Costume class.

Groups wishing to enter Barn Night contests to win prizes, visit the Barn Night page on WIHS.org to learn more. The deadline to submit contest entries is Thursday, October 19.

Friday, October 27 — Military Night Presented by Boeing

Experience exhilarating show jumping at its finest as WIHS salutes the U.S. Armed Forces and first responders on Military Night presented by Boeing. International riders are in the saddle for the $78,000 Speed Final with the American flag Jump for TAPS, supporting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Events include the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase, famed Australian horseman Guy McLean and his string of horses, and international show jumping riders trying a new discipline in Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing.

U.S. Military and First Responder Ticket Offer Supported by ROKK Solutions and PlusPR

Special offer for U.S. military (including active duty, reserve, retirees, and disabled veterans) and first responders (law enforcement, paramedics, and firefighters).

  • Valid on Military Night only, Friday, October 27: 50% off any ticket, adult or child, except ‘Ticket & Dinner’
  • Offer available only at The Show Place Arena box office with Military ID, VA Beneficiary ID, or first responder ID
  • Up to four tickets per ID, while supplies last

 Saturday, October 28 — World Cup Night Presented by Experience Prince George’s

The ring will be electric as top horses and riders from around the world take center stage for the $450,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup presented by Experience Prince George’s, with the biggest, most challenging jumps and the largest purse of the show.

But first, it’s the work-off for the three-phase WIHS Equitation Final, where a panel of judges will determine which talented junior rider will be named WIHS Equitation champion. For added entertainment, junior jockeys will saddle up for the wildly fun WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase.

Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — WIHS Kids’ Day Presented by Delta Air Lines

This free event takes place rain or shine and is educational and fun for all. Activities include pony rides, face painting, a horseless horse show, a pony kissing booth, and more.

Tickets: What You Need To Know

Daytime Admission is free. No ticket is required for daytime sessions on Monday through Sunday, October 23-29, including early evening competition on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Watch the show, explore the grounds, shop the concourse, visit historical displays, and enjoy a variety of food trucks.

Evening Events (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): All designated evening session tickets are reserved seating. Select your seat from four ticket types:

  • Ticket & Dinner: Watch and dine in the best seats at WIHS. Collect your hot buffet-style dinner and beverages, then dine at your seat. Includes unlimited refills of non-alcoholic beverages. Each adult ticket also includes two servings of beer/wine.
  • Premium Ticket
  • Select Ticket
  • Standard Ticket — The most inexpensive ticket per night:
    • Barn Night, Thursday, October 26: $20 adult, $15 child. Learn more about Barn Night contests.
    • Military Night, Friday, October 27: $30 adult, $20 child. 50% off tickets for U.S. Military and first responders.
    • World Cup Night, Saturday, October 28: $45 adult, $35 child.

Buy Tickets

Visit the WIHS ticket page for more details and links to purchase on Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased in person at The Show Place Arena Box Office upon arrival, while available.

Show Location

The Show Place Arena, Prince George’s Equestrian Center

14900 Pennsylvania Avenue

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Parking is free.

For more information about WIHS, visit wihs.org, join WIHS on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Tag using #WIHS2023, #FEIJumpingWorldCup, #TimeToBeat, and #Longines.

 About Washington International Horse Show, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizationWIHS Highlights Maryland Horse Month With Super-Star Horses, Entertainment, and Fun
 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.

Contact: Jennifer Wood | Jump Media | jwood@jumpmediallc.com