The WIHS Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador Program celebrated it's 10th year in 2019. This innovative program offers an opportunity for Washington-area teens to be a part of the inner workings of the Washington International Horse Show.
Through an application process, approximately 30 teens from public, charter and private schools in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, are selected to join the junior committee.
During the summer and fall, working with WIHS staff, they develop ideas from the youth perspective for the show, learn new skills, and are involved in equine-related volunteer activities, including American Horse Council's Meet A Horse Day, and helping at therapeutic riding centers such as Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Center and Sprout.
During show week, committee members are involved with autograph signings, as tour guides and press escorts, in social media takeovers, assisting with WIHS Kids' Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police community events and other operational activities.
The WIHS Youth Ambassador holds a leadership role as chair of the Junior Committee and represents the show’s youth perspective to the media. Those wishing to be considered for the 2020 WIHS Youth Ambassador will complete an additional application to showcase strengths in leadership and management.
A Word from Signature Academics, sponsor of the WIHS Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador Program
“We are delighted to return for the third year as sponsor of the WIHS Junior Committee,” said Wendy Salomon, Executive Director of Signature Academics, a leading provider of educational services for student athletes, including a one-to-one fully accredited school in Wellington, Fla. “The WIHS Junior Committee members are an exceptional group of teens, and it’s our pleasure to support their efforts in leveraging a love of horses into fun and innovative programs, like Barn Night and Kids’ Day, for show spectators and the local community.”
Since 2014, Salomon, an avid equestrian herself, and her Signature team have been tutoring equestrian student-athletes year-round in Wellington, seasonally in Ocala, Fla., and at major national horse shows, including Washington. “We specialize in supporting equestrian student-athletes who place a high value on education,” said Salomon. “Our goal is to provide peace of mind to students and families that academic achievement remains the number one priority, even in the face of non-stop training, traveling, and competition.”
During WIHS show week, Signature Academics team members can be found working with students in the Signature Academics study center, located on the competition level at Capital One Arena.