The Washington International Horse Show Donates Arena Footing to the Mounted U.S. Park Police

(Washington, DC) ' October 9, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, will donate seven hundred tons of the 2007 WIHS arena footing to the Mounted U.S. Park Police, valued at $14,500. The donated footing, called lime sand, is a mixture of lime stone siftings and sand. The mixture is specially designed to cushion the horses' steps, allowing them to compete with minimal impact to their legs and bodies.

The WIHS will ceremoniously present the Mounted U.S. Park Police with a small portion of the footing during 'Lunch with the Mounted U.S. Park Police,' taking place Wednesday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at the intersection of 6th and F Street. Six U.S. Park Police horses will travel to the Verizon Center to feast on DC's greatest stand-up vegetarian buffet of apples, carrots, hay and water.

'The Washington International Horse Show is pleased to make this contribution to the Mounted U.S. Park Police as a token of our appreciation for their 30-year commitment to the show as the presenters of the colors during opening ceremonies each year,' said Susan Webb, Executive Director for the WIHS.

For additional information or to cover the event, please contact Kristi Betz or Nicole Halsey via cell phone at 443.823.9034 and 443.797.7674, respectively.

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.

The Washington International Horse Show is supported by the following 2007 sponsors: Salamander Hospitality, LLC, Hidden Trail Farm, LLC, FTI Consulting, Inc., Merial, LTD (UlcerGard), Monica & Hermen Greenberg, Canadian National Railway Company (CN), Monarch International, Gotham North, St. Michelle Wine Estates, Lynn Ellen Rice & Last Name Left Productions, Pat Carleton & The Cottonwood, Ltd., Pedigree/Masterfoods, Crawford Communications, Shalanno Farm, Tara Management, Tad Coffin Performance Saddles, Halstrum, LLC/Lubrisyn, Brooke Carmichael McMurray-Fowler & Pam Carmichael Keenan, JPC Equestrian, Betty & Ernie Oare, Berkley Underwriting Partners, LLC & EMO Insurance Agency, Inc., The Reid Family, Hillary Stiff & Chris & Nalini Rogers, Platinum Performance, Far Niente Stables, LLC and Cornell University.

# # #