The Washington International Horse Show Announces 2007 Hunter Division Winners

(Washington, DC) ' October 10, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, announced today the seven hunter division Champions. The following divisions competed over a two day span for the titles of Champion and Reserve Champion: Regular Working Hunter, Regular Conformation Hunter, First Year Green Hunter, Second Year Green Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, Amateur Owner Hunter (18-35 years), sponsored by Lynn Ellen Rice and Last Name Left Productions, and Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35), sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Division leaders at the end of day-one of competition were Allejandro, ridden by Tim Goguen, and Scout, ridden by John French, in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division. Junior rider Addison Phillips, aboard Castle, led the Second Year Green Working Hunters, along with Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star. After points were totaled, Scout and John French held onto their lead and were named the Champion of the First Year Green Working Hunters division while Castle and Addison Philips clinched the Second Year Green Working Hunter division.. Hard Rock and Jennifer Alfano also had a strong final ride, which secured the Reserve Championship for the duo.

Kingston, ridden by Juliana Johnson, rose to the occasion on Wednesday, taking the division champion title of the Amateur Owner Hunter (18-35 years), while Rachel Geiger, riding Aeropostale, captured the Reserve Championship. Topping the field in the Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35) was Mombo, ridden by Maria L. Takocs. Tammy Chipko earned the Reserve Champion title aboard All That. The Regular Working Hunter Championship was awarded to Brunello and Elizabeth Towell-Boyd. The Regular Conformation Hunter Championship went to Highland Park and Scott Stewart, while Sting and Jennifer Alfano topped off the Green Conformation Hunters.

With the completion of the hunter divisions, additional awards were presented for the overall Grand Champion Hunter which was awarded to Highland Park ridden by Scott Stewart and the Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter Award, which is the overall leader of both the younger and older divisions, presented to Maria L. Takocs, riding Mombo. The Leading Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by Hillary Stiff and Chris Rogers, and given to the leading rider over each of the seven divisions, was awarded to John French. The Leading Amateur Owner Hunter Award, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, was given to Maria L. Takocs.

While seven hunter division titles have already been awarded, the Junior Hunters will take the stage on Friday, October 12 with the Pony Hunter divisions getting underway on Saturday, October 13th.

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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