WIHS 2021 FAQ

2021 FAQ

Where will the 2021 Washington International Horse Show be held?

The 63rd Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) will be hosted in full at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on October 26 - 31, 2021. 

WIHS' traditional venue of Capital One Arena in Washington DC is unfortunately unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the heart and history of WIHS remains in the D.C. community, given the continued COVID-19 uncertainty and strict D.C. reopening policies for events, WIHS will return to the safe, horse and rider friendly TIEC in 2021 before planning a return to a venue in the Washington, DC area in 2022.

What classes will be held at this year's WIHS?

WIHS will offer its complete schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions, the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI4*-W, and a full International FEI division. A new Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Division will be added as well as welcome classes for Child and Adult Hunter and Jumper competitors and a WIHS Halloween Hunt Teams offering for WIHS pony hunters. 

WIHS will utilize two competition rings - Tryon Stadium and the Grand Hunter Ring. Competition will take place during the day with evening sessions featuring International Jumper competition on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Please click here to view the tentative schedule. 

What new offerings are available for 2021?

  • Increased prize money for FEI International Jumper division and in the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI4*-W
  • Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Division
  • WIHS Halloween Hunt Teams (for WIHS pony hunter competitors)
  • Children's Hunter Welcome Class
  • Adult Hunter Welcome Class
  • Children's Jumper Welcome Class
  • Adult Jumper Welcome Class
  • Ticketed schooling ring throughout show week

On what days are WIHS divisions and classes to be held? 

  • Professional and Amateur Owner Hunter Divisions - Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
  • Junior Hunter Divisions - Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29
  • Pony Hunter Divisions - Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
  • Children's and Adult Hunter Welcome and Finals - Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
  • Children's and Adult Jumper Welcome and Finals - Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29
  • Low, Medium, and High Junior/Amateur Jumper Divisions - Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30
  • International FEI Jumper Division - Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30
  • WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase - Friday, October 29
  • WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase and Finals - Saturday, October 30
  • WIHS Pony Equitation Finals - Saturday, October 30
  • WIHS Halloween Hunt Teams - Sunday, October 31

Please click here to view a tentative time schedule. 

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

The WIHS Prize List and entries will open in July. Entries will close in September. Invitations will be issued for the WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals. 

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

The Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI4*-W will be hosted in Tryon Stadium on the evening of Saturday, October 30. 

Is there a TIEC Fall Series show the week of WIHS?

There is no longer a TIEC Fall Series scheduled for the week of WIHS. WIHS will be the only hunter/jumper competition occurring on TIEC grounds. The Para Dressage National Championships will be taking place October 28 - 30 in a different area of TIEC. 

Will spectators be permitted onsite? 

TIEC has recently reopened for spectators. WIHS will follow state, TIEC and USEF guidance and COVID-19 protocols when determining how many spectators will be allowed onsite. We will make spectator related updates to our website and social media as plans are confirmed. 

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 other Tryon Fall Series shows must be arranged via TIEC.

What lodging is available at Tryon?

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

What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

Tryon International Equestrian Center's protocols are available to view here. USEF, TIEC and WIHS are all dedicated to providing the safest and highest-quality competition environment for dedicated members, exhibitors, and their families. Show organizers will continuously monitor the COVID-19 status and will adjust or amend protocols based on the guidance from federal, state, and other public health officials. 

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

The WIHS Regional Horse Show and Zone 3 Championship is returning to Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA on October 21 - 24 using outdoor rings. The Prize List will be available in August. 

Are there sponsorship opportunities available at WIHS this year?

WIHS has a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for both personal and corporate support. Please contact maryhelen@wihs.org to learn more about options and how you can support WIHS. As a 501c3, all donations to WIHS are tax deductible less the value of goods received.

Will there be a VIP hospitality area at WIHS this year?

WIHS hopes to host a socially distanced VIP area in the Legends Club at Tryon Stadium following COVID-19 and USEF protocols. VIP Tables for purchase for the week will offer daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner during evening sessions. For table pricing and more information please email info@wihs.org.

I would like to be a vendor. What options are available? 

Vendors for WIHS show week at Tryon are managed by TIEC. Click here to learn more about options at Tryon. For information about vendor opportunities for WIHS Regional Horse Show at Morven Park, email evan@wihs.org.

Is WIHS moving to TIEC permanently? 

WIHS is returning to TIEC for 2021 for one year only given uncertainties and restrictions related to COVID-19 in the Washington, DC area. WIHS will return to the Washington, DC area for 2022.

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. Thank you for your patience and support!