Fast Facts

The Show

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:

  • $125,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President's Cup
  • The Boeing Company Puissance (high-jump)
  • WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country's top junior riders
  • Kids' Day, Barn Night, 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 2015 WIHS Official Artist, Sharon Lynn Campbell, for her dramatic portrait of McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z (featured above), winners of the 2014 President’s Cup Grand Prix. Ward, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has competed at Washington for more than 20 years. The portrait will appear on the prize list cover, and in social media and advertising. 


WIHS tickets are available through 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.


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. 

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.

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.


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, contact Nicky Meyer at or 202.525.3679

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). 

WIHS is an Official USEF Heritage Competition.