Qualify for the WIHS Equitation Finals at Verizon Center
The WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals are highlights of the Washington International show week for junior riders, and a proving ground for future grand prix and Olympic riders. Riders compete throughout the year to earn points to compete in the Finals. If you're not already a member, sign up today and start earning points toward the WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. > Membership Application > Upcoming Qualifying Events.
The 2016 WIHS Equitation Finals will be held at Verizon Center as follows (tentative):
- WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, Friday, Oct. 28, Afternoon
- WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase, Saturday, Oct. 29, Afternoon
- WIHS Equitation Final Work-Off, Saturday, Oct. 29, Evening
- WIHS Pony Equitation, Sunday, Oct. 30, Afternoon
See current WIHS Equitation Standings.
- 40 riders will be invited to compete in the finals based on points earned in WIHS Equitation classes held during the qualifying period (30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 from the West Coast League).
- 25 riders will be invited to compete in the Pony Equitation Finals.
- The qualifying period runs from shows starting on or after Sept. 1, 2015, through shows starting on or before Aug. 31, 2016. See list of upcoming shows.
- WIHS Equitation competitors must be WIHS members in order for points to count toward the Finals. Sign up now!
Past winners include two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, currently ranked #7 in the world in show jumping, and Brianne Goutal, a consistent winner on the grand prix circuit.
Learn about competing in the WIHS Children's and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships.
WIHS Equitation Finals
Eligibility: Invitations will be extended to the top 40 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period in the East Coast and West Coast Leagues as follows: 30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 riders will be invited from the West Coast League. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September. The same horse must be used in all phases of the class. No exceptions will be made. Riders competing in the WIHS Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.
Format: The class will be conducted as a two-phase competition (a hunter course and a jumper course) followed by a final work-off. Horses to jump 3'6" in hunter and jumper phases. The order for the first round will be drawn. The order of go for the Jumper Phase will be in reverse standing order of the Hunter Phase with the winner of the Hunter Phase competing last.
WIHS Pony Equitation Finals
Eligibility: Invitations will be extended to the top 25 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September.
Format: Ponies to jump 2'3" (small), 2'6" (medium) and 3'0" (large). The same pony must be used throughout the class. Each pony may be ridden by one rider only, unless the judges request a change. Conventional tack per USEF rules. Riders competing in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals. This class will be conducted as a one-phase competition and a work-off.
For more information, contact:
Diane Kaminski, Ryegate Show Services, Inc.
For additional information, visit WIHS Equitation and Championships.