Event Schedule

The 61st Annual Washington International Horse Show presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™ will be held Oct. 22-27, 2019, at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Tickets are now on sale at WIHS Tickets 

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An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show and a highlight of the equestrian year. Top riders, including celebrated Olympic veterans and their world-class horses, come together in the nation's capital for six days of top sport including thrilling show jumping, hunter, and equitation competition. 

Highlights include the $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President's Cup presented by Events DC, the $50,000 Speed Final, the $25,000 Land Rover Puissance (high jump), and the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals for the country's top junior riders. Hospitality, and community and charity events round out this exciting and entertaining event. Learn more at WIHS Fast Facts

Doors open one hour before the session begins.  

Subject to change.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 - $2 Special Opening Day Price (Day and Evening)

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

WIHS 2019 kicks off with top professional, amateur-owner and young riders in hunter competition. Riders have campaigned all year to qualify for WIHS and will be in top form. A highlight of the afternoon is the WIHS Childrens' Hunter Championship.

  • High Performance Conformation Hunter
  • Green Conformation Hunter
  • Green Hunter 3'6"
  • Green Hunter 3'9"
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (Over 35)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (Over 35)
  • $10,000 WIHS Childrens' Hunter Championship
Evening (7:00-9:30 pm)

Hunt Night presented by Buckeye Nutrition™
Tuesday evening showcases High Performance Hunters and the WIHS Adult Hunter Championship. Only the top horse and rider combinations qualify to compete, so these riders are the best of their divisions.

  • High Performance Hunter
  • High Performance Handy Hunter
  • Exhibition: Sidesaddle over Fences
  • $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Daytime (7:00 am-6:00 pm)

Stop by Breakfast with the Mounted Police to meet the officers and their special mounts, 8:00-10:00 am in front of Hotel Monaco at 700 F Street NW.

Professional and amateur hunter riders finish their divisions with a stake class, offering a larger purse. Later in the afternoon will be the first show jumping class, the WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, where riders under 18 compete to win a share of $10,000.

  • Green Hunter 3'9"
  • Green Conformation Hunter
  • Green Hunter 3'6"
  • High Performance Hunter
  • Regular Conformation Hunter
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'6" (Over 35)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (35 & Under)
  • Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3'3" (Over 35)
  • $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship
Evening (7:00-10:00 pm)

Show jumping is the name of the game tonight. WIHS Adult Jumpers go for their championship title. Plus, the top national and international show jumpers have a chance to get in the ring for the first time in the 90-Second Training Competition (1.40m).

  • $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Championship
  • 90-Second Training Competition (1.40m)

Thursday, Oct. 24

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

Thursday starts with junior riders (under 18) competing early in the day on hunters, where it's style and rhythm that count, and on jumpers in the afternoon when it's all about speed and clear rounds. Then the international jumpers are in the ring for the Welcome Stake.

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 & Under)
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 & Under)
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (First Time Round)
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (Time First Round)
  • $40,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake (1.50m) Round 1.
Evening (7:00-10:30 pm) - Barn Night

Halloween on Horseback
Thursday is a popular night for young horse lovers who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win great prizes, and enjoy a fun horse-filled evening. A favorite annual event is the entertaining WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase presented by Charles Owen. With Halloween in the air, top show jumpers will compete in funny and exotic costumes in the $36,000 Accumulator Costume Class! Who will win the award for the best costumed horse and rider? Barn Night is presented with the generous support of The Equiery, Charles Owen, United Metro Golf Cart, The Clothes Horse, BarnManager, Springtime and US Equestrian. Visit Barn Night to learn more and register.

Trick or Treat presented by Snickers®
For ages 19 and under. Trick or Treat bags are available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis for the first 500 people to visit the Junior Committee Desk across from section 105/106. Subject to availability. May contain peanuts. 

Friday, Oct. 25

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

Friday offers a mix of hunter and show jumping classes with riders of all ages, including the first phase of the prestigious Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, a national three-phase competition for junior riders. 

  • Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under)
  • Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under)
  • Small Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Large Junior Hunter (16-17)
  • Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals (Hunter Phase)
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (TFJO)
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper (TFJO)


Evening (7:00-10:30 pm) - Military Night presented by Caterpillar Inc.

Friday night is all about power and speed as we salute the military on our 8th annual WIHS Military Night. The $50,000 Speed Final for international jumpers is followed by the $25,000 Land Rover International Jumper Puissance (high jump), where the brave will jump the great wall until only one horse and rider combination remains fault-free. The North American indoor record to beat is 7’ 7-1/2,” set at Washington in 1983. The Speed Final features the Jump for TAPS, presented by Ride TV and DISH, to benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the WIHS Military Charity since 2010.

  • $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final (1.50m)
  • Exhibition: Army v Navy, challenged by Air Force
  • $25,000 Land Rover International Jumper Puissance (high jump)

Saturday, Oct. 26

Daytime (7:00 am-5:00 pm)

Today you'll see the very best youngsters on ponies at the start of their riding careers. Later in the day, junior and amateur riders jump for their division championships, and top juniors compete in the second phase of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals.

WIHS Kids' Day 10 am-2 pm, Capital One Arena (free community event held at 7th and F Streets NW, and on the arena concourse)

  • Small Pony Hunter
  • Medium Pony Hunter
  • Large Pony Hunter
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic (TFJO)
  • SJHF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic (TFJO)
  • Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals (Jumper Phase)
Evening (6:45-10:30 pm) - World Cup Night

You may spot a future Olympian among the riders in the  Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, where top junior riders compete in the final work-off for the championship. The highlight of the week is the $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington presented by Events DC for the President's Cup. With the biggest, most challenging jumps and the largest purse of the show, this class brings top riders including Olympic veterans and their superstar horses to DC looking for valuable points to qualify for the 2020 World Cup Final next April in Las Vegas. The entertaining WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series presented by Charles Owen, rounds out a perfect show evening.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Daytime (7:00 am-4:00 pm)

On Sunday morning, the top pony hunters in the country take the spotlight, followed by the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, judged on the skill and technique of the young riders. The show traditionally draws to a close with the WIHS Regional Horse Show Hunter Finals for a final competition to determine the champions.

  • Small Pony Hunter
  • Medium Pony Hunter
  • Large Pony Hunter
  • WIHS Pony Equitation Finals presented by Huntland
  • WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals
  • WIHS Regional Hunter Finals