Fast Facts

The Show

The 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 25-30, 2016 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Horse-crazy or not, if you like championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun, this is the event for you. An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, come together in Washington, DC, to compete in six days of thrilling competition. Highlights include:

  • $130,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President's Cup
  • Puissance (high-jump), presented by The Boeing Company 
  • WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country's top junior riders
  • Kids' Day, presented by Animal Planet and EQUUS Foundation, Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery and the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, entertaining exhibitions, community activities, the WIHS Silent Auction, presented by Valencia Sport Saddlery, and fabulous shopping in more than 50 specialty boutiques round out this exciting week. 

See Event Schedule for details.

Since its debut, the WIHS has been a Washington institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, military and business leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, DC. WIHS is rated FEI CSI4*-W, USEF Premier Hunter, USEF 6* Jumper.

Our thanks to WIHS Official Artist, Sharon Lynn Campbell, for her dramatic portraits top riders competing at Washington featured on the WIHS poster and publications. 

Tickets

WIHS tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Verizon Center Box Office. For information about Verizon Center accessible seating and services, call 202-661-5061 or 202-661-5065 (TTY).  Verizon Center Group Sales Department, 202-661-5061, will assist you with ticket discounts, special seating arrangements and personalized service. The minimum group size is 10.

Venue

Verizon Center, a state-of-the-art professional sports and event venue, has been home to the Washington International Horse Show since 2000. Verizon Center is located at 601 F Street, NW (corner of 7th and F Streets, NW), Washington, DC 20004. 

Directions & Parking

Take Metrorail or Metrobus to the "Gallery Place-Chinatown" stop for an easy trip to the show. The Metro station is located below Verizon Center.
Directions to Verizon Center.  

Verizon Center has its own parking garage located on 6th Street NW under the building. The charge is approx. $20 for event parking. The garage opens 1 ½ hours before show time and closes 1 hour after the conclusion of the event. Alternatively, there are several public parking garages near the building including Gallery Place’s parking garage on 6th Street NW and the parking garage next to Rosa Mexicano restaurant on F Street NW. There are at least 10,000 parking spaces located within blocks of the arena.

Social Media

Follow WIHS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube for photos, video and news about the extraordinary horses and riders competing at the show, plus historical information, contests and international equestrian news.

Hospitality

Enjoy fine dining while watching world class equestrian competition in one of the greatest cities in the world. Ringside dining is available on two specially built platforms overlooking the arena and in the sky-box level Acela Club. Both options offer excellent food and beverage and wonderful views of the action in the ring. For more information about WIHS dining packages, please contact Mary Helen Shaughnessy, Sponsorship & Hospitality Director, at 202-525-3679 or maryhelen@wihs.org.

Special Historic Moments

Over the years, notable guests included 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 and many more.

Show memories abound, including in 1970, a WIHS carriage marathon with horse-drawn vehicles parading to the White House to give First Lady Mrs. Nixon a carriage ride around the South Lawn of the Executive Mansion.

The standing North American indoor Puissance (high jump) record of 7' 7-1/2" was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony D'Ambrosio and Sweet N' Low.

The WIHS Hall of Fame, established in 1997, recognizes leading horsemen and horsewomen, whose careers in the horse industry, either in the saddle or behind-the-scenes, have made a significant impact on WIHS:

George H. Morris (1997), William C. Steinkraus (1998), Mrs. Jane Dillon (1999), Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler (2000), Austin H. Kiplinger (2001), H. Fenwick Kollock (2002), Sheila C. Johnson (2007), Miss Mignon C. Smith (2008), Betty Oare (2009) and Hermen Greenberg (2009), and in 2015, Rodney Jenkins, the winningest show jumper in US history.  

WIHS is an Official USEF Heritage Competition. and is ranked #7 by the North American Rider's Group's Top 25 Horse Shows.