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An Iconic Event; An Unforgettable Experience

The 62nd Anniversary Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™ returns Oct. 20-25, 2020, to Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. 

An equestrian tradition since 1958, WIHS is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show offering championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun. Every October, more than 500 top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, gather in the nation's capital to compete in thrilling equestrian sport.  


  • $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, for The President's Cup
  • The breathtaking $25,000 Land Rover Puissance (high-jump) on Friday evening
  • $50,000 Speed Final on Military Night presented by Caterpillar Inc. featuring the JUMP FOR TAPS in support of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the Official WIHS Military Charity  
  • The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country's top junior riders
  • Kids' Day, a free, fun, family-friendly community event where kids can enjoy pony rides and learn about horses  
  • Barn Night, including prizes presented by BarnManager, The Clothes Horse, Springtime Inc., US Equestrian, United Metro Golf Carts and The Saddlery.
  • Plus entertaining exhibitions, including the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series presented by Charles Owen, community activities, the WIHS Silent Auction, and shopping in more than 50 specialty boutiques 

Since its debut, WIHS has been a Washington institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, military and business leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, DC. WIHS is rated FEI CSI4*-W, USEF Premier Hunter, USEF 6* Jumper.


Tickets for WIHS 2020 will go on sale in August 2020. Tickets will be available online through or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Capital One Arena Box Office. 

The Group Sales Department (202-661-5061) will assist you with ticket discounts, special seating arrangements, and personalized service. The minimum group size is 10.

The WIHS Free Ticket Program offers complimentary tickets to individuals who serve, support, and develop their communities. For more information, visit WIHS Free Ticket Program

For information about Capital One Arena accessible seating and services, call 202-661-5061 or 202-661-5065 (TTY). 


Capital One Arena is a state-of-the-art professional sports and events venue and has been home to the Washington International Horse Show since 2000. Capital One Arena is located at 601 F Street, NW (corner of 7th and F Streets, NW), Washington, DC 20004. 

Travel Flights & Hotels

For discounts on flights & hotels, visit WIHS Travel

Directions & Parking

Take Metrorail or Metrobus to the "Gallery Place-Chinatown" stop for an easy trip to the show. The Metro station is located at Capital One Arena. Directions to Capital One Arena.  

Capital One Arena has its own parking garage located on 6th Street NW, under the building. The charge is approx. $20 for event parking. The garage opens 1 ½ hours before show time and closes 1 hour after the conclusion of the event. Alternatively, there are several public parking garages near the building, including Gallery Place’s parking garage on 6th Street NW and the parking garage next to Rosa Mexicano restaurant on F Street NW. There are at least 10,000 parking spaces located within blocks of the arena.

Social Media

Follow WIHS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube for photos, videos, and news about the extraordinary horses and riders competing at the show, in addition to historical information, special contests, and international equestrian news.


Enjoy fine dining while watching world-class equestrian competition in one of the greatest cities in the world. Ringside dining is available on two specially built clubs overlooking the arena, offering excellent food and beverage, and wonderful views of the action in the ring.

The new concourse-level Stella Lounge VIP Club is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Each ticket includes food and open bar plus an arena seat. Learn more about WIHS Hospitality at 

For more information about WIHS VIP packages, please contact Mary Helen Shaughnessy at or 202-525-3679.

Special Historic Moments

Over the years, notable guests have included President John F. Kennedy, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Gerald R. Ford, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, William Shatner, Bruce Springsteen, General William Westmoreland, Christopher Reeve, John Cleese, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Arthur Godfrey, and many more.

Show memories abound, like in 1970, when a WIHS carriage marathon with horse-drawn vehicles paraded to the White House to give First Lady Mrs. Nixon a carriage ride around the South Lawn of the Executive Mansion.

The standing North American indoor Land Rover Puissance (high jump) record of 7' 7-1/2" was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony d'Ambrosio and Sweet 'n' Low.

The WIHS Hall of Fame, established in 1997, recognizes leading horsemen and horsewomen whose careers in the horse industry, either in the saddle or behind-the-scenes, have made a significant impact on WIHS. Visit the WIHS Hall of Fame

WIHS is honored to be named an Official USEF Heritage Competition by the US Equestrian Federation.