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2006 News

Washington International Horse Show to remain at Verizon Center
The Washington International Horse Show, one of the world's leading equestrian events, will remain at Verizon Center, its home since 2000, for at least two more years. The contract extension ensures ...

Quality horses and outstanding riding distinguish 48th annual Washington International Horse Show
The final ribbons were awarded at the 48th annual Washington International Horse Show on Sun., Oct. 29. By all accounts, it was a great championship competition in all divisions--show jumping, dressag...

Pony and Local Hunter Championships decided at the Washington International Horse Show
Washington, D.C. – October 29, 2006 – Some of the top ponies in the world competed in the final day of competition at the Washington International Horse Show. Two top ponies tied for the G...

Jack Hardin Towell, Jr. triumphs in WIHS Equitation Classic Final
Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2006 – Thirty of the top junior riders in the nation competed for the national championship title, which was won Jack Hardin Towell Jr. of South Carolina. Si...

Flying Dutchman Harrie Smolders soars tor victory in $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix
Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2006 – Dutchman Harrie Smolders bested a field of 25 in the highlight of the week, the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix on Saturday evening.

Dr. Sheila C. Johnson hosts annual Red, White & Blue Dinner during $100,000 President's Cup Gran...
Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2006 –The Annual Red, White & Blue Dinner held during the evening gala performance of the Washington International Horse Show was a huge success.

Junior Hunter Championships decided Friday at the Washington International Horse Show
Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2006 – The Small and Large Junior Hunter championships were decided today at the 48th Annual Washington International Horse Show, held at the Verizon Center....

Barrel racing action provides excitement and laughs
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 – What could be more exciting than watching the world’s best show jumpers bound over 5’6" fences? Why, watching the those same riders try to...

Exhibition polo match features teens from Work to Ride Program
Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2006 – An exhibition indoor polo match, featuring a quartet of well-known players from the popular Great Meadow Polo Club in Virginia, as well as two teenage...

McLain Ward and Optimum Pozitano clear 7'2 1/2" to win EMO/Berkley Underwriting Partners Puissance, ...
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Local Washington, D.C. celebrities participate in Media Celebrity Sports Challenge
Wellington, FL – October 28, 2006 – Combine popular local celebrities and speedy junior riders in a relay race against the clock, and you're sure to have an exciting and entertaining even...

Courtney King and Idocus win Dressage Grand Prix, first phase of Invitational Dressage Championship
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 – Courtney King of New Milford, CT, riding Idocus, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Christine McCarthy, won the Grand Prix tonight at the...

Lauren Hough and Ottaline Ace win $20,000 Gambler's Choice
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 – Lauren Hough, of Wellington, FL, and Ottaline, owned by Peppercorn Ltd and Lake Hill Farm, won the Gamblers Choice Friday at the WIHS. "I’ tried...

American Idol and Sandra Conchar win $10,000 Ladies Side Saddle Stake
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 –The traditional sport of Ladies Side Saddle returned to the Washington International Horse Show this year with elegant horses and riders evoking a kin...

Barrel racing adds fast-paced action at Washington International Horse Show
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 –The top ladies of barrel racing came to the Washington International Horse Show to showcase a very different and exciting sport.

American Idol and Sandra Conchar win $10,000 Ladies Side Saddle Stake - CORRECTED
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2006 –>*CORRECTION - It was incorrectly reported in this release on Thursday that Trillium was reserve champion, when in fact American Idol was reserve champ...

Ashley Holzer and Pop Art win $25,000 Invitational Dressage Championship
Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2006 – Ashley Holzer of New York, NY, riding Pop Art, wowed the crowd and the judges with their Grand Prix Freestyle to win the overall championship and $10,...

Paulena Johnson and Markies Save the Best for Last in Children's Jumper Finals
Washington, D.C. – October 25, 2006 – The Washington International Horse Show welcomed Children’s and Adult Jumpers to the Verizon Center this evening for the year-end, highly compet...

Championships awarded to professional and amateur hunters
Washington, D.C. – October 25, 2006 – It was a day full of hunter championships at the Washington International Horse Show. Scott Stewart won the Leading Hunter Rider Award; Tommy Serio an...

Top hunters throughout U.S. to compete at 2006 Washington International Horse Show
Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2006 – The 48th  Annual Washington International Horse Show kicked off today with seven different hunter divisions starting at 7:00 A.M. and running thr...

Opening night at the horse show featured the $10,000 Children's and Adult Hunter Championship--Just ...
Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2006 – The first evening session of the 48th Annual Washington International Horse Show began tonight with the Children’s and Adult Hunter Championship...

USEF Zone 3 Finals wrap up WIHS Local Weekend at Prince George's Equestrian Center
October 22, 2006 – Today Washington International Horse Show Local Weekend featured the USEF Zone 3 Finals in Upper Marlboro, MD. ”I was so nervous!” admitted Carol-Lynn Nelms, winne...

Pony Hunters take center stage at Washington International Horse Show Local Weekend
October 21, 2006 – The Small, Medium, and Large Pony divisions were held today at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. Based upon overall points, the top six finish...

Top dressage riders to compete in $25,000 Invitational Dressage Championship, Oct. 26-27
October 20, 2006 – Four leading dressage riders will compete in the $25,000 WIHS Invitational Dressage Championship, which will be held on two evenings, Oct. 26-27. Returning champion Ashley Hol...

WIHS to welcome two British powerhouse show jumpers and a hot rookie from The Netherlands
Britain's Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker, two of the world's great show jumpers, and the up-and-coming Dutchman, Harrie Smolders, will challenge U.S. riders for $230,000 in prize money and top hono...

Lydia Todd excels under lights in Gittings Horsemanship Finals at WIHS Local Weekend
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 20, 2006 – Opening day at Washington International Horse Show Local Weekend set the pace for an exciting weekend of competition at Prince George’s Equest...

WIHS to feature show jumping's best
October 19, 2006 – Eight U.S. Olympians, including 2004 Athens Team Gold medalists McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, plus two British Olympians, Michael Whitaker and Nick Skelton, highlight this ye...

WIHS sponsors are critical for continued success
October 17, 2006 – This classic equestrian event, which offers more than $400,000 in prize money, is made possible through the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors passionate about ho...

Puissance, or horse high-jump, highlights Friday night's performance
October 11, 2006 – The Puissance, or horse “high-jump,” starts with fences at a minimum of 4’6’’ in height, and can rise to over 7 feet. The winner is the horse and...

Serious competition turns into barrel of laughs
October 2, 2006 – One of the show's annual highlights is the fast-paced barrel racing, where ten riders race for time around barrels at heart-stopping speed. The top four then take an additional...

Washington International Horse Show hosts top junior equitation riders
October 5, 2006 – The nation’s top junior riders will face off in a challenging battle of horsemanship skills in the WIHS Equitation Classic and WIHS Pony Equitation Classic.

WIHS Local Weekend and USEF Zone 3 Finals at Prince George's Equestrian Center
September 27, 2006 – Local riders will compete at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. Oct. 20-22 for a chance to qualify for the Washington International Horse Show Lo...

Ladies' Side Saddle Hunter returns to WIHS lineup
September 6, 2006 – Ladies&#8217 Side Saddle returns to the Washington International Horse Show this year, bringing elegance and evoking times gone by.

Official Souvenir Program Book offers unique advertising opportunity
The Washington International Horse Show announced today that advertising opportunities are available for the 2006 Washington International Horse Show Souvenir Program, which will be available during t...

Tracey Weinberg--Remembering 30 Years at the WIHS
From her first step into the arena at the Washington International Horse Show in 1974, Tracey Weinberg has been an exhibitor and fan of the prestigious indoor event.

WIHS offers something for everyone--top competition, entertainment and great shopping
The 2006 Washington International Horse Show returns to the Verizon in Downtown Washington D.C. October 24-29. Don't miss one of the most exciting and entertaining horse shows in the country!

WIHS debuts $15,000 AHJF Nations Cup Hunter Challenge
An innovative new hunter competition pairing WIHS equitation riders with international show jumping riders will debut at the 48th Annual Washington International Horse Show.

WIHS Seeks Volunteers and Interns
The 48th Annual Washington International Horse Show has created new programs for volunteers and interns. Join us today by emailing info@wihs.org or call 301-987-9400.    

Get involved with one of the world's top equestrian events since 1958!
WIHS equestrian sponsorships offer access to an attractive demographic. Learn more about corporate and individual sponsorships for the 48th Annual Washington International Horse Show, October 24-...

Tell us what you think!
The Washington International Horse Show is looking for feedback from exhibitors and spectators to make the show a great experience for all. Take the survey today at www.wihs.org.