Event Schedule

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with leading riders, including Olympic medalists, and fabulous horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation competition during the six-day event. Highlights include the $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, The Boeing Company $25,000 Puissance (high jump) and the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country's top junior riders.

The 2013 schedule is posted below for reference only. The 2014 schedule of events will posted in July.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Daytime (7:00 am- 5:00 pm)

WIHS kicks off with top professional, amateur-owner and young riders in hunter competition. For some horses, it will be their first time in the arena. Riders have campaigned all year to qualify for WIHS and will be in top form.

  • Regular Conformation Hunter
  • Green Conformation Hunter
  • First-Year Green Hunter
  • Second-Year Green Hunter
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'6" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'6" (Over 35)
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'3" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'3" (Over 35)
  • WIHS Childrens' Hunter Championship

Evening (7:00-9:30 pm)

Tuesday evening showcases the High Performance Working Hunter and the WIHS Adult Hunter championship. Only the top horse and rider combinations qualify to compete, so these riders are the best of the best of their divisions.

  • High Performance Working Hunter
  • High Performance Working Handy Hunter
  • WIHS Adult Hunter Championship


Wednesday, Oct. 23

Daytime (7:00 am- 6:00 pm)

Stop by Breakfast with the Mounted Police to meet the officers and their mounts. Professional and amateur hunter riders finish their divisions with a stake class, offering a larger purse. Later in the afternoon is the first show jumping class, the WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, where riders under 18 compete to win a share of $10,000.

  • Second-Year Green Hunter
  • Green Conformation Hunter
  • First-Year Green Hunter
  • High Performance Working Hunter
  • Regular Conformation Hunter
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Hunter (Over 35)
  • WIHS Children's Jumper Championship

Evening (7:00-10:00 pm)

Show jumping is the name of the game tonight. WIHS Adult Jumpers go for their championship title. Plus, the top national and international show jumpers compete in their first class of the week, which is judged on speed.

  • WIHS Adult Jumper Championship
  • $10,000 International Open Jumper (TFJO)


Thursday, Oct. 24

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

Thursday starts with junior riders, or those under 18 years old. Early in the day they compete on hunters, while in the afternoon, they compete on jumpers. Then the international and open jumper are in the ring for the Welcome Stake.

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 & Under)
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 & Under)
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper
  • High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper
  • $33,000 International Open Jumper Welcome Stake

Evening (7:00-10:30 pm)

Thursday night is Barn Night and one of the biggest crowd pleasers with Barn Night contests and activities. In honor of Halloween, top show jumpers will compete in full costume!

  • Barn Night
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (TFJO)
  • Shetland Pony Steeplechase!
  • $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class
  • Autograph Signing 


Friday, Oct. 25

Daytime (7:30 am-5:00 pm)

Friday offers a mix of classes. Spectators will be able to see a variety of hunter and show jumping classes with riders of all ages, including the first phase of the prestigious Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals.

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under)
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under)
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals (Hunter Phase)
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 


Evening (7:00-10:30 pm)

Friday night is all about power and speed as we salute the Military on our third annual Military Night! New this year is the Speed Final for open and international jumpers. The comes the heart-stopping Puissance competition. Horses will jump the great wall until only one horse remains without knocking it down. The Washington International one of the few remaining shows in the US to offer this class. The record to beat is 7’ 7-1/2,” set at Washington in 1986.

  • $50,000 Open Jumper Speed Final
  • Caisson Platoon Exhibition
  • USMC Silent Drill Team
  • $25,000 Puissance (high jump) for the Armed Forces Cup 


Saturday, Oct. 26

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

Come see the very best young riders in the country at the start of their careers. You're often get a glimpse of future Olympians. Later in the day, junior and amateur riders jump for their division championships. Free Kids’ Day activities take place from 10 am-2 pm on the concourse and outside the arena.

  • Small Pony Conformation Hunter
  • Medium Pony Conformation Hunter
  • Large Pony Conformation Hunter
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Senators Cup (TFJO)
  • SHF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Ambassadors Cup
  • Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals (Jumper Phase)
  • Kids' Day, 10 am-2 pm, Verizon Center (free event!)

Evening (7:00-10:30 pm)

You may spot a future Olympian among the riders in the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals, where the top junior riders compete for the championship. Show jumping culminates with the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier. This class will have the biggest jumps of the show and attracts the top horses and riders, including Olympic veterans. Riders will also gain valuable points to qualify for the World Cup Finals in April.

  • Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals (Work-Off and Championship presentation)
  • The National's Racing Presidents Exhibition
  • Terrier Racing
  • Celebrity Barrel Racing
  • $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix


Sunday, Oct. 27

All Day (7:00 am-4:00 pm)

On Sunday morning, the top pony hunters in the country take the spotlight, followed by the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, judged on the skill and technique of the young riders. The show traditionally draws to a close with the WIHS Regional Horse Show Hunter Finals for a final competition to determine the champions.

  • Small Pony Hunter
  • Medium Pony Hunter
  • Large Pony Hunter
  • WIHS Pony Equitation Finals 
  • WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals
  • WIHS Regional Hunter Finals


Planning to attend several times througout show week?  Save money with an Anytime Package! Must be purchased by 10:00 pm Oct. 22.