The 49th Annual Washington International Horse Show Rocked with a Marquis Performance by Jewel

(Washington, DC) ' October 13, 2007 ' The Washington International Horse Show, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and regional non profit organizations, hosted its inaugural Charity Cup Classic this evening, sponsored by Hidden Trail Farm, LLC. Six local organizations, represented by teams of two Open Jumper riders each, competed to win an overall $30,000 for their organizations. STEEED, Soaring Towards Educational Enrichment via Equine Discovery, Inc., represented by Open Jumper riders Laura Bowery and Addison Phillips, was the winning organization, taking home the coveted top $10,000 prize. STEEED will use the money to help youth and their families experience educational and recreational opportunities through equestrian, environmental and ecological programming.

Following the Charity Cup Classic, three-time Grammy nominee artist, Jewel took the stage, entertaining spectators of all ages. Jewel invited fans down onto the arena floor, making the Verizon Center a more intimate venue for everyone. During her 45 minute set, Jewel performed such hits as 'Intuition,' 'Stand,' 'Hands,' and 'Who Will Save My Soul,' among others.

Before his ride in the Puissance, McLain Ward commented on Jewel's performance, saying, 'To have a renowned entertainment celebrity such as Jewel at any equestrian event is a highlight and it's obvious that the WIHS understands how to bring crowds to an equestrian event.'

Ward then proceeded to clinch the Puissance, sponsored by The Monica and Herman Greenberg Foundation and AEGON, title for the second year in a row, beating out his three competitors. Ward and Karen Cudmore, riding Conejo, completed three clean jump-off rounds, eliminating both Margie Engle on Hidden Creeks Quervo Gold and Michael Morrissey on Crabamboli. During the fourth jump off round, Ward rode first, clearing the first fence and then the 6' 8 '', seemingly solid, brick wall. Cudmore cleared the first fence but Conejo brushed the second obstacle, resulting in four faults and second place.

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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