2020 FAQ

Will the 2020 Washington International Horse Show be held?

The WIHS Championship Finals (Equitation, Pony Equitation, Child and Adult Hunter and Jumpers) will be hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center on October 21-25, 2020. 

The Washington International Horse Show as a whole will not be held in its traditional format in 2020. As multiple issues have evolved resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, WIHS found it impossible to successfully host the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington and a traditional show format for 2020. While key partners including Longines and MARS EquestrianTM made every effort to support WIHS during this extremely challenging year in the newly proposed Tampa venue, as the event drew closer the barriers and risks were insurmountable.

Why was Tryon chosen as the location for the WIHS Championships?

TIEC was selected as the best location to host the WIHS Championships because of the size and scope of the facility, its central location relative to other venues, the existing competitions on the calendar and its proven success in hosting events since reopening in June 2020.

What is happening with the other Equitation Finals?

The Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals and Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals will also be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The NHS ASPCA Maclay Finals and NHS Hamel 3'3" Medal Finals will be held at the National Horse Show in Lexington Kentucky. 

What is the schedule of finals at Tryon? 

  • Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals – October 8-11
  • Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper National Championships – October 8-11
  • Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals–East – October 15-18
  • WIHS Equitation Finals  – October 23-24
  • WIHS Pony Equitation Finals - October 25
  • WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Finals presented by MARS Equestrian – October 21
  • WIHS Children’s and Adult Jumper Finals presented by MARS Equestrian – October 22

What is the schedule of the WIHS Championships at Tryon?
Click here to see a tentative timetable of WIHS events at TIEC.  

When will the Prize List be available and entries open for WIHS?

The WIHS Prize List and entries are now open. Applications for the WIHS Children's and Adult Hunter and Jumper Finals will be accepted through September 15, 2020. Invitations will be issued for the WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals. View the Prize List here

What is happening with the President's Cup Grand Prix?

The WIHS President's Cup Grand Prix CSI4* presented by MARS Equestrian will be hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center on Saturday, October 24. This class will be held as a part of Tryon Fall Series 6 and all entries will be done through TIEC show system. Entry information will soon be available online. 

Has the qualifying criteria changed at all for the WIHS Championships?

  • WIHS Equitation - Points from best 10 shows to count toward qualifying. As per the current rule, equitation riders may only include a maximum of 4 shows from the other region (East/West). 
  • WIHS Pony Equitation - Points from best 10 shows to count toward qualifying.
  • WIHS Children Hunter Finals, WIHS Children Jumper Finals, WIHS Adult Hunter Finals and WIHS Adult Jumper Finals - Points from best 8 shows to count toward qualifying.

Can I show my horse in the TIEC Fall Series show the same week as the WIHS Championships?

For planning purposes, please note that horses will not be allowed to cross enter into the TIEC Fall Series shows the same week they are entered to compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals. WIHS Pony Equitation and WIHS Adult and Children’s Hunters and Jumper Finals horses and ponies will be permitted to cross enter. All entries to the TIEC Fall Series must be done through TIEC's entry system. Learn more about TIEC Fall Series here

Who do I contact to work out stabling at Tryon?

Information for booking stabling will be sent out with acceptance emails. Please do not contact Tryon directly for stabling in advance of receiving an acceptance email. Stalls are guaranteed for WIHS competing horses. Any additional horses or stabling requests for the Tryon Fall Series must be arranged via TIEC.

What lodging is available at Tryon?

For information on lodging options, please email lodging@tryon.com

Are there discount codes via Delta, the Official Airline of WIHS?

Yes. Delta Air Lines is offering discounts to WIHS competitors, family, and friends. Fly to Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC, or Asheville, NC on Delta and save with special WIHS Meeting Event Code: NMUHK. Learn more here

What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

Tryon International Equestrian Center's protocols are available to view here. USEF, TIEC, PNHS and WIHS are all dedicated to providing the safest and highest-quality competition environment for dedicated members, exhibitors, and their families. All events will be spectator-free. The show organizers will continuously monitor the COVID-19 status and will adjust or amend shows based on the guidance from federal, state, and other public health officials. TIEC will be implementing enhanced COVID-19 registration processes in the coming weeks to ensure the environment is as safe as possible and to facilitate contact tracing.

What is happening with the WIHS Regional Show and Zone 3 Championship?

WIHS plans to hold the Regional Show at Morven Park Equestrian Center on October 15-18 using outdoor rings. The Prize List is now available here

I have further questions - who can I contact?

For questions regarding applications, entries, and qualifying - please email wihssecretary@wihs.org. For all other questions - please email info@wihs.org.

Please stay tuned for more updates and follow us on social media for the latest news regarding venues and applying to show for 2020. Thank you for your patience and support!