Event Schedule

The 59th Annual WIHS will take place Oct. 24-29, 2017, at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Tickets will go on sale in mid August. Check back for news and updates! 

Check out the 2016 event schedule below to learn more about the show.

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show and a highlight of the equestrian year. Top riders, including celebrated Olympic veterans and their world-class horses, converge on the nation's capital for six days of exciting, often breathtaking, show jumping, hunter, and equitation competition. Highlights include $130,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President' of the United States Perpetual Cup, the $25,000 Puissance (high jump), presented by The Boeing Company, and the WIHS Equitation Finals for the country's top junior riders. Learn more at WIHS Fast Facts

Tuesday, Oct. 25

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

WIHS kicks off with top professional, amateur-owner and young riders in hunter competition. Riders have campaigned all year to qualify for WIHS and will be in top form. A highlight of the afternoon is the WIHS Childrens' Hunter Championship.

  • Regular Conformation Hunter
  • Green Conformation Hunter, sponsored by the Ingram Family
  • First-Year Green Working Hunter
  • Second-Year Green Working Hunter
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (Over 35), sponsored by Cembell Industries 
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (Over 35)
  • WIHS Childrens' Hunter Championship
Evening (7:00-9:30 pm)

Tuesday evening showcases the High Performance Working Hunters, sponsored by Jacqueline B. Mars 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, sponsored by Jacqueline B. Mars
  • WIHS Adult Hunter Championship

Wednesday, Oct. 26

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

Stop by Breakfast with the Mounted Police (8:00-10:00 am in front of Hotel Monaco at 700 F Street NW) 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 Working Hunter
  • Green Conformation Hunter, sponsored by the Ingram Family
  • First-Year Green Working Hunter
  • High Performance Working Hunter, sponsored by Jacqueline B. Mars
  • Regular Conformation Hunter
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (Over 35), sponsored by Cembell Industries
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (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, the $10,000 Time First Round, where the fastest horse and rider combination takes the winner's share of the purse.

  • WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Championship
  • $10,000 International Jumper (1.45m) (Time First Round)

Thursday, Oct. 27

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

Thursday starts with junior riders (under 18) competing early in the day on hunters, where it's style and rhythm that count, and on jumpers in the afternoon when it's all about speed and clear rounds. Then the international jumpers are in the ring for the Welcome Stake, presented by CMJ SportHorse.

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 & Under), sponsored by the Wasserman Foundation
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 & Under), sponsored by Sheila & Britton Sanderford
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17), sponsored by Rose Hill Farm
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17), sponsored by Altec/Styslinger Foundation 
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (First Time Round), sponsored by the Strauss Family 
  • $35,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake, presented by CMJ SportHorse (1.50m) (TFJO)
Evening (7:00-10:30 pm)

Thursday is WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, with the generous support of The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, a favorite with young horse lovers who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win great prizes, and enjoy entertaining competition. Events include the hilarious WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase, presented by Charles Owen, and with Halloween in the air, top show jumpers will compete in funny, weird and exotic costumes in the $35,000 Accumulator Top Score Costume Class! Equestrian Sport Productions will sponsor an exciting new award for the best costumed horse and rider. 

  • Visit Barn Night to learn more and register. 
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (Time First Round), sponsored by Staysail Farm
  • WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen
  • $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class (1.45m), presented by Equestrian Sport Productions
  • Autograph Signing

Friday, Oct. 28

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

Friday offers a mix of hunter and show jumping classes with riders of all ages, including the first phase of the prestigious WIHS Equitation Finals, a national three-phase competition for junior riders. 

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under), sponsored by the Wasserman Foundation
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under), sponsored by Sheila & Britton Sanderford
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17), sponsored by Rose Hill Farm
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17), sponsored by Altec/Styslinger Foundation
  • WIHS Equitation Finals (Hunter Phase)
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (TFJO), sponsored by the Strauss Family 
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (TFJO), sponsored by Staysail Farm

 

Evening (7:00-10:30 pm)

Friday night is all about power and speed as we salute the military on our 5th annual WIHS Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company. First is the $50,000 GE International Jumper Speed Final for international jumpers. Then comes the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance (high jump), presented by The Boeing Company, where the brave will jump the great wall until only one horse and rider combination remains fault-free. WIHS is one of the few shows in the US to offer this class. The North American record to beat is 7’ 7-1/2,” set at Washington in 1983.

  • $50,000 GE International Jumper Speed Final (1.50m), Table C Faults Converted
    Exhibition - Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing, presented by Washington Area Chevy Dealers
    Exhibition - Guy McLean
  • $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company 

Saturday, Oct. 29

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

Today you'll see the very best youngsters on ponies at the start of their riding careers. Later in the day, junior and amateur riders jump for their division championships, and top juniors compete in the second phase of the WIHS Equitation Finals. WIHS Kids' Day activities presented by Animal Planet and EQUUS Foundation, take place from 10 am-2 pm on the Verizon Center concourse and outside Hotel Monaco at 700 F Street NW.

  • Small Pony Hunter
  • Medium Pony Hunter
  • Large Pony Hunter, sponsored by the Aycox Family 
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic (TFJO), sponsored by the Strauss Family 
  • SJHF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic (TFJO), sponsored by Staysail Farm
  • WIHS Equitation Finals (Jumper Phase)
  • WIHS 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 WIHS Equitation Finals, where top junior riders compete in the final work-off for the championship. The highlight of the week is the $130,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President's Cup. With the biggest, most challenging jumps and the largest purse of the show, this class is a favorite with top riders including Olympic veterans and their superstar horses. Winning riders earn valuable points to qualify for the World Cup Final next April. The entertaining and adorable WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series Finals, presented by Charles Owen, rounds out a perfect show evening.  

  • WIHS Equitation Finals (Work-Off and Championship Presentation)
  • WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen
  • Jack Russell Terrier Races, presented by The Nutro Company. 
  • $130,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington for the President's Cup (1.60m), presented by Events DC

Sunday, Oct. 30

Daytime (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, presented by The Linden Group at  Morgan Stanley, for a final competition to determine the champions.

  • Small Pony Hunter
  • Medium Pony Hunter
  • Large Pony Hunter, sponsored by the Aycox Family 
  • WIHS Pony Equitation Finals 
  • WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley
  • WIHS Regional Hunter Finals, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley