-Morven Park Named as the New Location for 2007 Washington International Horse Show Local Weekend-
WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2007) - The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a world-class championship event drawing leading equestrian riders from around the nation and the world, announced Morven Park as the location for 2007 Local Weekend, taking place Friday, September 7 ' Sunday, September 9, 2007. The Morven Park Equestrian Center is a 1,000 plus acre facility located in Leesburg, Virginia that includes both indoor and outdoor arenas.
Local Weekend provides horse and rider combinations with the opportunity to qualify to compete in the Local Finals at the Washington International Horse Show, which takes place Tuesday, October 9 ' Sunday, October 14, 2007. This year, Local Weekend will host the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Zone 3 Finals while offering a new schedule of classes.
The Zone 3 Finals include divisions such as Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35, Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over, Children's Hunter 14 & Under, Children's Hunter 15-17 and Children's Small/Medium and Large Pony. The top 20 horse and rider combinations in each division will receive a letter of invitation to compete in the Local Finals at the 2007 Washington International Horse Show.
All horses and ponies are welcome to compete in Local Weekend regardless of their location. Those extended the opportunity to compete in the Local Finals at the 2007 Washington International Horse Show must stable their horse or pony within a 100-mile radius of Washington, DC.
'We are thrilled with the opportunity to hold Local Weekend at Morven Park,' said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Washington International Horse Show. 'The location change allows us to invite additional competitors from Leesburg and surrounding areas while retaining competitors from the Washington, DC area.'
About The Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org):
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, is a world-class championship event, drawing leading equestrian riders from around the nation and the world. Each year riders participate in qualifying shows to earn the honor of riding at the WIHS. The WIHS welcomes more than 600 horse and rider duos to compete to win some of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the world, including more than $400,000 in prize money. The show takes place every October in Washington, DC, attracting the attention of the equestrian world, non-equestrian world, celebrities and politicos alike with events such as show jumping, dressage, barrel racing and terrier races. October 2008 will mark the 50th anniversary of the WIHS.
New Venue for Local Weekend