Jumper Competitions Kick Off at the 49th Annual Washington International Horse Show

(Washington, DC) ' October 10, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, hosted the first Jumper classes of the WIHS late this afternoon, sponsored by Dennis and Mary K Shaughnessy. Fourteen riders competed in the highly competitive $2,500 Amateur Owner Jumper (TFJO) class, in which only one horse and rider combination went clean. Marley Goodman, riding U-2, won the round with a time of 59.226 seconds and no faults. The second place rider, Gabby Slome, aboard Salsa, accrued four faults during her ride, but beat out the rest of the pack with her time of 58.556. Tracey Weinberg, riding Larone, placed third in the class with a time of 59.045 seconds.

The $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship proved to be one of the most competitive classes of the night with 15 riders qualifying for the jump off. Of those 15 who went clean in the first round, five riders went clean during the jump off. Abigail Mcardle, riding Calvin, completed the course cleanly in 27.722 seconds. She was the last rider to compete in the class, beating out Amelia Rodgers on Demark, who had a time of 28.915 in the second round. Catherin Tyree, riding Hunter De Laume finished third after the jump off with a time of 33.001. Laura King-Kaplan, riding Harlem De Mescam placed fourth with a time of 33.393, Stephanie Dubois-Emo finished fifth with a time of 34.598 second, and Erin Hickey placed sixth with four faults and a time of 29.339 seconds.

During the WIHS Adult Jumper Championships, 13 riders rode cleanly during the first round of competition, earning the right to compete in the jump off. Ten of those 13 riders went clean during the jump off, with Virginia McNeil, riding Flying Dutchman, posting the winning time of 30.359 seconds. Tracey Mack, aboard Lucky Four, clinched second place with a time of 30.630, and Eleanor Bright and Rosey were third, with a time of 30.980. Fourth place went to Emily Straw Colella, riding Filibuster, who posted a time of 31.100, Kick the Clouds and Rebecca Forbes finished fifth with a time of 31.374, and sixth place went to Katrina Weinig on Cortina with a time of 31.743.

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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