WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2018--Highlighting the 60th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is WIHS Barn Night in the newly renovated Capital One Arena. One of the most popular nights at WIHS, Barn Night takes place Thursday, October 25, and welcomes local barns and horse enthusiasts of all ages for an evening of fun and exciting jumping competition, presented by Barn Manager, Charles Owen, The Clothes Horse, The Equiery, The Loft at Meadowbrook, United Metro Golf Cart, and US Equestrian. Get ready for Barn Night 2018!
Competition and equine-themed entertainment will be at their peak during Barn Night 2018. Highlighting the schedule is the $40,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake, WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class, a performance by famed horseman, entertainer, and bush poet Guy McLean, and much more!
Local barns, equestrian groups, teams, and horse enthusiasts are invited to take part in Barn Night activities, which begin on the concourse at 6 p.m., however, registration is required to participate in group contests, including Group Spirit, Group Banner, Group Video, and Largest Group (Md., Va., D.C./Other and Overall). In celebration of the 60th anniversary of WIHS, this year's contest theme is "Riding Through the Decades."
Stacia Madden, one of the top equitation trainers in North America and head trainer at Beacon Hill Show Stables based in Colts Neck, NJ, has been tapped to teach a clinic for the winner of the Group Video Contest, sponsored by BarnManager, on WIHS Barn Night.
“WIHS has always been my favorite show because of its energy; seeing young equitation riders qualify and then compete as the prelude to the grand prix on Saturday night is a wonderful experience and a feeling you can’t beat,” said Madden, who has coached many of her students to qualify for and find success at WIHS, especially in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals. “Watching young riders be able to rub elbows with the top level like that creates a sense of camaraderie that you don’t see at other horse shows.
"Every aspect of WIHS feels important and Barn Night is no different with the excitement from the local barns,” continued Madden. “I did not hesitate at all when I was asked to be the Barn Night clinician and I am looking forward to bringing a focus on the equitation to the clinic. I love the experience of working with new people, seeing some grassroots talent, and meeting new horses.”
Barn Night is presented with the generous support of Barn Manager, Charles Owen, The Clothes Horse, The Equiery, The Loft at Meadowbrook, United Metro Golf Cart, and US Equestrian. Visit WIHS.org to learn more and register for a chance to win the following prizes.
Barn Night registration forms are due Monday, October 15. Barns that register early, by October 1, will be entered automatically in a raffle for a chance to win a $250 Dover Saddlery Gift Certificate thanks to U.S. Equestrian. The winner will be announced October 15 on Facebook and Instagram. Forms and rules are available at WIHS.org/barn-night.
In addition to in-ring events, the fifth annual Buck Breast Cancer Benefit will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, during Barn Night. Guests are invited to get in the spirit and support the cause by wearing pink and celebrating the lives of survivors, friends and family at 7 p.m. in the PwC Club at Capital One Arena. Tickets are $150 per person, and include dinner, an open bar and arena ticket. Benefit tickets will be available in late September may be purchased at WIHS.org/tickets and Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets for WIHS are available online on Ticketmaster.com, at the Capital One Arena box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For group discounts, contact Capital One Arena Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, visit WIHS.org/tickets.
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About WIHS, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America's most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events attracting more than 26,000 spectators annually to Washington, D.C., for Olympic-level competition plus community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders arrive from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President's Cup, presented by Events DC, the $25,000 Puissance high jump and $50,000 Speed Final on Military Night and Kids' Day, a free, fun and educational community event. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C.