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.
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.
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!