Military Night

Presented by The Boeing Company

Verlooy Sunshine Puissance 2016 Nicola Barrel Racing 2015
Jos Verlooy and Sunshine jumped 6'11" to win the 2015 Boeing Company International Jumper Puissance. Photo Shawn McMillen Photography

Against the clock! Nicola Philippaerts races to the finish in Army vs. Navy Celebrity Barrel Racing. Photo Alden Corrigan Media

Held on Friday, October 27, WIHS Military Night is an exciting evening of competition, exhibitions and special events in honor of our Military, with highlights including the International Jumper Puissance presented by the Boeing Company, a thrilling high jump competition, and the $50,000 Speed Final, a high-test race over a challenging course with jumps close to to 5 feet!

Recent military-themed exhibitions have included Army v. Navy Celebrity Barrel Racing, the U.S. Army Fife & Drum Corps, the U.S. Naval Academy Silent Drill Team plus a Mounted Color Guard. Other events include a trophy presented in honor of the Armed Forces, recognition and support for our longstanding Official Military Charity Partner, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the Armed Forces Reception, which benefits TAPS.

Dutch rider Olivier Philippaerts and Carlito C, clear the TAPS jump in the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final! 


The 2015 recipient of the Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & and Service was Andy, a therapeutic riding horse at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding in Leesburg, Virginia.  

Jump for TAPS Challenge

The $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final had an exciting element  – The “Jump for TAPS” Challenge. Each time a rider cleared the TAPS jump, a $1,000 donation was made to TAPS, an organization dedicated to caring for families of the fallen through immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing.  This year $34,000 was raised for TAPS. Learn more about TAPS





Klinger Perpetual Award Presentation

The third annual Klinger Award was presented to Andy, a 20-year-old Haflinger pony,  who serves as a therapeutic riding horse at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding in Leesburg, Virginia. 

The award was presented during Military Night. Named for the beloved U.S. Army horse and TAPS Ambassador, the Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service presented by Ariat International and EQUUS Foundation recognizes a horse, individual or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger, a special horse who has touched the lives of many in his life of service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon. Klinger will be on hand for the ceremony. 

Nomination information for the fifth annual Klinger Perpetual Award will open in mid-summer 2017.   

Learn more about the WIHS Military Connection.