WIHS and the Military

WIHS & The Military

The Washington International Horse Show has enjoyed a close relationship with the United States Military since the earliest days of the horse show, when former U.S. Army horses and riders represented the United States in national and international competition. Thanks in part to the generous support of corporate and individual donors, we have been able to foster a strong and lasting connection between the equestrian community and the United States Armed Forces.

Military Night presented by Caterpillar, Inc.

Military Night presented by Caterpillar, Inc. is traditionally held on Friday of show week. It is an exciting evening of competition featuring the $50,000 Speed Final and the $25,000 Land Rover Puissance High Jump, plus special events in honor of the U.S. Military, including a Mounted Color Guard, a military-themed special exhibition, such as Army vs Navy Celebrity Barrel Racing, and the presentation of the Armed Forces Trophy.

Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service

Presented on Military Night, the Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service presented by EQUUS Foundation and The Stephens Family, was created in 2013 to honor Klinger, a special horse who has touched the lives of many in his life of service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon. The award recognizes a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger, who will be on hand to assist in the presentation. Learn more about the Klinger Award.   

Jump for TAPS

WIHS is honored to partner with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as the Official Military Charity since 2010. TAPS is a national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes, having offered support to more than 30,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. For more information, visit www.taps.org. As part of Military Night, riders in the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final will have the chance to “Jump for TAPS.” Each time the TAPS jump is cleared a donation will be made to the organization. 



Military Ticket Program presented by Man O' War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Since its inception in 2010, the WIHS Military Ticket Program has successfully distributed more than 30,000 tickets to area families, helping further our goal of giving back to the military community. The program is supported by Man O' War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a groundbreaking research study to determine the effectiveness of equine therapy to treat veterans who suffer from PTSD. If you would like to support the program, please contact maryhelen@wihs.org. For more information on how your military organization can participate with ticket distribution, email info@wihs.org.  

Armed Forces Reception supported by RBC Wealth Management

The Armed Forces Reception held on Military Night benefits Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). The event is held at Capital One Arena where guests can watch the competition in the ring and enjoy dinner and drinks while supporting TAPS’s mission of providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. Tickets are available for purchase in September. 

Caisson Platoon

WIHS has enjoyed a special relationship with the U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon since 2009. Part of the “The Old Guard” from Fort Myer that serves Arlington National Cemetery, it's mission is to conduct memorial affairs to honor our fallen soldiers, and ceremonies and special events to represent the Army. The Caisson Platoon uses a riding style that hasn't been used since 1948. In addition to maintaining the ceremonial uniform of an Old Guard soldier, Caisson soldiers must learn to use, clean, and maintain ceremonial tack and harness that is unique to their mission. Horses and riders drill, train and live together until both are deemed qualified to accomplish their mission. WIHS continues to honor this noble service with the Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service, awarded annually to a horse, organization, or person that best embodies the values embodied by Klinger, one of the Caisson Platoon's most well-known Caisson horses.