Youth Ambassador & Junior Committee

Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador


Meet the 2018 WIHS Junior Committee Presented by Signature Academics

The WIHS Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador Program, presented by Signature Academics, engages local teens (ages 14-18) to represent the show’s youth perspective and support WIHS staff while gaining hands-on experience. Now in its 10th year, this community-focused program welcomes the Junior Committee Class of 2018 -- 34 teens from DC, Maryland and Virginia, who bring passion, energy and commitment to WIHS and the local community. Junior committee members are selected through an application process that begins in March. Read more> 



Members of the 2018 Junior Committee pose for a group shot outside the WIHS office in Georgetown. 


The kick-off meeting in May. 


Ana Bertozzi takes up the reins as Youth Ambassador of the 2018 Washington International Horse Show. Her horse, Tropic Star, 7, is a recent import from The Netherlands. "His favorite thing to do is roll in the field, and eat bananas," said Ana.



Members of the 2018 WIHS Junior Committee

With 34 members, the class of 2018 is the largest since the program began in 2009. This year three pairs of siblings are participating.  

  • Madison Allen, Alexandria, VA, Bishop O'Connell High School
  • Grace Allen, Annapolis, MD, Archbishop Spalding High School
  • Ana Bertozzi, Leesburg, VA, Rock Ridge High School (Youth Ambassador)
  • Emma Bishop, Washington, DC, The Madeira School
  • Libby Bishop, Washington, DC, Connelly School of the Holy Child
  • Thea Bitar, McLean, VA, Georgetown Visitation
  • Cassidy Bosch, McLean, VA The Potomac School
  • Nicole Butchko, Vienna, VA, Bishop O'Connell High School
  • Lauren Dean, Great Falls, VA, Flint Hill School
  • Cari Farmer, Arlington, VA, HB Woodlawn High School
  • Grace Frulla, Bethesda, MD, The Madeira School
  • Erin Gill, Reston, VA, South Lakes High School
  • Abby Green, Bethesda, MD, Walt Whitman High School
  • Grace Hetherington, Great Falls, VA, Langley High School
  • Mary Kate Hogan, Chevy Chase, MD, Stone Ridge School
  • Peyton Kanstoroom, Potomac, MD, Winston Churchill High School
  • Riley Hampton King, Washington, DC, Foxcroft School
  • Gabrielle Morin, McLean, VA, Cooper Middle School
  • Andrew Morin, McLean, VA, Langley High School
  • Emma Peters, Rockville, MD, Thomas Sprigg Wootton High
  • Emma Pell, Winchester, VA, Foxcroft School
  • Lily Pollin, Bethesda, MD, Holton-Arms School
  • Casey Ruggiero, Arlington, VA, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
  • Kendall Schuler, Great Falls, VA, Connelly School of the Holy Child
  • Maggie Siciliano, Vienna, VA, George C Marshall High School
  • Ryliegh Siciliano, Vienna, VA, George C Marshall High School
  • Alex Skofteland, Purcellville, VA, Loudoun Valley High School
  • Hanna Sing, McLean, VA, Sidwell Friends
  • Katie Solomons, Fairfax Station, VA, Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Jennifer Taylor, Odenton, MD, Mount de Sales Academy
  • Louise Lott Whitner, Middleburg, VA, Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
  • Kayla Wolfe, Burke, VA, Bishop Ireton High School
  • Kendall Youngblood, Great Falls, VA, Connelly School of the Holy Child

Jessica Springsteen joined junior committee members for lunch and conversation in 2016, following a much-anticipated annual tradition of lunch with a top rider begun several years ago. Photo by Jump Media LLC 

The 2017 Junior Committee gathers in the ring at WIHS Barn Night with presenting sponsor Wendy Salomon of Signature Academics.