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RECAP: Washington International Horse show

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Did you miss what went down at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS)? With six days of the most unparalleled competition and more than 26,000 spectators with extensive media coverage. Over 500 of the world’s best horses and riders competed in a world-class professional sports arena in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Beezie Madden, 2008 Summer Olympic rider, will be riding at WIHS! Beezie Madden by wing1990hk on flickr.com.

Beezie Madden, 2008 Summer Olympic rider, will be riding at WIHS! Beezie Madden by wing1990hk on flickr.com.

If you like championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun, this is one event you won’t want to miss next year! An equestrian tradition since 1958, WIHS is the country’s top modern indoor horse show.

The horse show has a rich history over the years. The most notable of guests have include Alice Roosevelt Longworth, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Gerald R. Ford, General William Westmoreland, Christopher Reeve, John Cleese, Bruce Springsteen, William Shatner, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Arthur Godfrey just to name a few. The standing North American indoor Puissance (high jump) record of 7 feet 7 1/2 inches was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Sweet N’ Low.

Don’t miss Kent Farrinton competing at WIHS this year! CHI Genève 2013 - 20131214 - Kent Farrington et Blue Angel by Clément Bucco-Lechat on WikiMedia.

Don’t miss Kent Farrinton competing at WIHS this year! CHI Genève 2013 – 20131214 – Kent Farrington et Blue Angel by Clément Bucco-Lechat on WikiMedia.

There are three highlights you may have missed this year: 1. The $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, was a World Cup Qualifier. The Puissance high-jump competition was presented by The Boeing Company and was part of Military Night. The standing North American indoor Puissance (high jump) record of 7 feet 7 1/2 inches was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Sweet N’ Low. Finally, the WIHS Equitation Finals featured the country’s top junior riders was a definite thrill. The excitement of show jumping entertained, amazed and was delightful.

WIHS also featured a Kids’ Day, Barn Night, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series (presented by Charles Owen), entertained exhibitions, community activities, a silent auction and fabulous shopping in more than 50 specialty boutiques. There really is something for everyone who attends! Hope you can make it next year!

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Alek Majtenyi’s love of horses began at a very young age with pony rides and reading endless horse stories. She started riding English at age 10 and joined The United States Pony Club at age 18 where she earned her C1 Level Rating. While earning her B.A. in English at the University of California, Davis, Alek worked at the UC Davis Equestrian Center giving beginning riding lessons to horse crazy girls and riding horses. She has worked closely with all ages and levels of riders in the last 10 years as the manager of The Tack Room, a small retail shop in Modesto, CA. She currently lives in Oakdale, CA with her German Shepherd Dog, Kyra, and lovely Thoroughbred mare, Miss Vesta.

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