Top Competition Continues Today at the Washington International Horse Show

(Washington, DC) ' October 11, 2007 ' The Open Jumper riders competed in their first classes tonight at the 49th Washington International Horse Show, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities.

McLain Ward was the 'high roller' during the $20,000 Gambler's Choice open jumper class, with a score of 1,300. During the class, Mclain accumulated the highest amount of points, 1,100, during the :50 second round. He then decided to take a risk and jump the 200 point 'Joker Fence,' cleanly clearing the tallest vertical plank of the course.

Tonight was also the premier night for Barrel Racing and Terrier Races, sponsored by The Davis Family. Always a crowd favorite, the terriers tore down the track as the crowd chose their favorites and cheered them on. The Barrel Racers also excited the crowd during their competitive runs, showing the spectators that western riders love to compete as well.

During the day portion of the competition, Whitney Weeks, riding both Subliem and Piola, placed first and second, respectively, in the Amateur Owner Jumper class. Lara Gay, on Countdown 23, finished third. The Amateur Owner Division, sponsored by Dennis and Mary K Shaughnessy, will award the Championship tomorrow following the Ambassador's Cup.

The Open Jumper riders competed in the Gerald R. Ford President's Cup Grand Prix qualifying class, sponsored by Monarch International, during the afternoon portion of the show. Lauren Hough took first place on Casadora with a time of 59.44 second. Following the winner was Danielle Torano, riding Vancouver D'Auvrey, in second place with a time of65.85 second and Southern Pride, ridden by Karen Cudmore, in third place with a time of 67.02 seconds.

Additional highlights from the show include:

Small Junior Working Hunter (15 & Under):
First Place ' Jessica Springsteen riding Sublime
Second Place ' Nicoletta Von Heidegger riding Breckenridge

Small Junior Working Hunter (15 & Under) Handy:
First Place ' Jennifer Waxman riding Zoom
Second Place ' Stephanie Keen riding Lyle

Small Junior Working Hunter (16-17):
First Place ' Amelia Mcardle riding MVP
Second Place ' Erin Tormondson riding Seduced

Small Junior Working Hunter (16-17) Handy:
First Place ' Amelia McArdle riding MVP
Second Place ' Addison Phillips riding Castle

Large Junior Working Hunter (15 & Under):
First Place ' Jessica Springsteen riding Tiziano
Second Place ' Stephanie Vijan riding Walk the Line

Large Junior Working Hunter (15 & Under) Handy:
First Place ' Jennifer Waxman riding Saloon
Second Place ' Jessica Springsteen riding Tiziano

Large Junior Working Hunter (16-17):
First Place ' Cortie Wetherill, riding Take Away
Second Place ' Addison Phillips riding Mimosa

Large Junior Working Hunter (16-17) Handy:
First Place ' Addison Phillips riding Mimosa
Second Place ' Callie Seaman riding Harbor Isle

Junior Jumper (TFJO):
First Place ' Henry Pfeiffer riding Sargeant
Second Place ' Kimberly McCormack riding Nigel S

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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