The Washington International Horse Show Kicked Off Today at the Verizon Center

(Washington, DC) ' October 9, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, began today at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The show kicked-off with the Regular Hunter Model class and the Green Conformation Hunter Model class. Throughout the day, horses and riders competed in seven hunter divisions including Regular Conformation Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, First Year Green Hunter, Second Year Green Hunter, Regular Working Hunter, Amateur-Owner Hunter (35 & Under), sponsored by Lynn Ellen Rice and Last Name Left Productions, and Amateur-Owner Hunter (Over 35), sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle. The riders from today's afternoon portion of the show will return to the ring again on Wednesday, October 10, to participate in the final classes of their respective divisions. The points for each division will be tallied tomorrow and the Champions and Reserve Champions of each division will be announced.

Standouts during the day in the Regular Conformation Hunter classes were Highland Park, ridden by Scott Stewart, and Mac Arthur Park, ridden by Peter Pletcher. Boulveard Deir, ridden by Tim Goguen, Perfectionist, ridden by Scott Stewart, and Sting, ridden by Jennifer Alfano, were some of the top contenders in the Green Conformation Hunter classes.

Allejandro, ridden by Tim Goguen, and Scout, ridden by John French, were the point leaders after two classes in the First Year Green Working Hunter classes. During the Second Year Green Working Hunter classes, Castle, ridden by Addison Phillips, and Rock Star, ridden by Jennifer Alfano, both placed first, leading their respective divisions in the points standings.

The top 10 riders from the Amateur Owner Hunter (35 and Under) and Amateur Owner Hunter (Over 35) classes qualified to compete in the division's final class, taking place Wednesday, October 10. The top three horses in today's Amateur Owner Hunter (35 & Under) over fences class were Aeropostale, ridden by Rachel Geiger, Saving Grace, ridden by Grace Stuntz, and Sion, ridden by Lily Hahn. Mombo, ridden by Maria L. Takocs, Godiva, ridden by Becky Gochman, and Once and Again, ridden by Meredith Lipke Bartolone, were the top three placings in the Amateur Owner Hunter (Over 35) over fences class.

The evening portion of the show began at 7 p.m. with a performance of the National Anthem by Dime a Dozen, an acapella group from American University. Following the opening ceremonies, the Children's Hunter Championships and Adult Hunter Championships took place.

After two rounds of competition, O.C., ridden by Kaitlin Porath, earned top honors in the Children's Hunter Championships. Reserve Champion was Lindsay Portela ridding Jack. The final class of the evening showcased The Patriot, ridden by Kara Douglass, as the Adult Hunter Champion. Receiving Reserve Championship honors was Damascus, ridden by Lynley Reilly.

To view complete results from today's competition, please visit:
http://wihs.showjumping.tv/results/resultResponse.php? show_id=2

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.

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