The Washington International Horse Show Supports Non-Profit Organizations with the New Charity Cup Classic

(Washington, DC) ' October 11, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a world-class championship event, drawing leading equestrian riders from around the nation and the world, will host the first ever Charity Cup Classic tomorrow evening beginning at 7:20 p.m. at the Verizon Center in downtown. In an effort to give back to the greater Washington community, the home of the horse show for almost half a century, the Washington International Horse Show created an innovative new class, the International-Open Jumper Charity Cup Classic sponsored by Hidden Trail Farm, LLC. The WIHS will raise awareness and funds for the six selected regional charities by offering monetary prizes totaling $30,000. Each non-profit organization will be partnered with a team of three show jumping riders. Each team will earn money for their organization based on the points accumulated. The course will consist of ten obstacles of increasing difficulty where the rider and horse duos compete at speed against the clock. Bonus points for obstacles jumps are as as follows, 1 point for Obstacle #1, 2 points for Obstacle 2, 3 points for Obstacle #3 etc. for a possible total of 55 points.

Participating non-profit organizations include: Canine Companions for Independence, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, STEEED, Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC), Washington Humane Society, and Thorpewood.

Canine Companions for Independence strives to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Days End Farm Horse Rescue, located in Woodbine, Maryland, provides shelter, care treatment, rehabilitation, foster care, and adoption for abused, neglected, and unwanted horses. Soaring Towards Educational Enrichment via Equine Discovery Inc. (STEEED) is dedicated to expanding the educational and recreational opportunities for youth and families through equestrian, environmental, and ecological programming to those who traditionally would not have access to such activities. Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center offers physical and occupational therapy on horseback to treat a range of disabilities. As a mountain retreat for urban youth, Thorpewood's mission is to provide exceptional customized programs that are intended to help change the lives of young people they serve. The Washington Humane Society serves homeless, lost and abused animals with protection from cruelty and a second chance at a loving home.

Tickets for the Charity Cup Classic can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (202) 397- SEAT. For more information, please visit us at www.wihs.org.

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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