WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016--The 58th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has an outstanding schedule of events set for each night of competition throughout its six-day run at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., October 25-30, 2016. Thursday, October 27, is WIHS Barn Night; Friday, October 28, is WIHS Military Night; and Saturday, October 30, is WIHS President's Cup Night. Check out the featured competition and highlights for each night and enjoy this preview in pictures!
WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery with the support of The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, draws a fantastic crowd of equestrian enthusiasts who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win great prizes, and enjoy a fun, horse-filled evening. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
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Tickets are available at the Verizon Center Box Office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Daytime tickets (general admission only) are $15 (plus applicable service charge) with children 12 and under admitted free. For evening performances, VIP, reserved and general admission tickets are available starting as low as $20. For group discounts, contact Verizon Center Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, please visit http://www.wihs.org/tickets/
Thursday Night at WIHS has Something for Everyone!
World-class show jumpers will be decked out in their favorite costumes for the unique and fun $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
Some of the riders stay after the costume class for an autograph signing so that fans can meet their favorite competitors. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Young jockeys color the night with their rainbow racing silks competing over tiny hurdles in the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Race, presented by Charles Owen. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Internet sensations Dally and Spanky will make their first appearance of the week on Thursday and will also dazzle crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. Dally is a Jack Russell terrier and Spanky - her best friend - is a rescue miniature horse.
Friday Is Military Night, Presented by The Boeing Company
WIHS will welcome and honor current and former members of the United States Armed Forces to Verizon Center on Friday during its sixth annual WIHS Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Friday's competition highlights the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.
The $50,000 GE International Jumper Speed Final features the "Jump for TAPS" Challenge to raise funds for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the WIHS Official Military Charity. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
The Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing Exhibition, presented by Washington Area Chevy Dealers, features teams of professional barrel racers, top show jumpers, plus Army and Navy representatives competing together on Friday night. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Renowned Australian horse master Guy McLean will perform his one-of-a-kind liberty horse demonstrations on Friday evening. The power of McLean's performances hinge on the deeply personal and loving relationships he forms with his horses. Photo by Diana DeRosa.
Saturday Night at WIHS Will Be One to Remember
Saturday night will offer a memorable experience at WIHS with a full schedule packed with exciting competition and entertaining exhibitions. There is something for everyone on the biggest night of the show!
The $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, is the featured event on Saturday night awarding the coveted President of the United States Perpetual Cup. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
The 2016 WIHS Equitation Finals conclude with a final work-off on Saturday evening,where the nation's top junior competitors will contest one of the country's most coveted championships. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
The adorable ponies will run their final race of the season on Saturday night in the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen.
Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Back by popular demand on Saturday, the Jack Russell Terrier Races, presented by Nutro, will thrill the WIHS crowd, soaring through the air in pursuit of that elusive foxtail while putting a smile on everyone's face.Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
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About Washington International Horse Show,
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) and Kids' Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports