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Win Tickets to the Washington International Horse Show

October 14, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

DSC_2713SmallPonyChampSidelines Magazine is excited to be able to give away tickets to the Washington International Horse Show! WIHS will be held October 20-25 in Washington DC. Each of five winners will receive two tickets to attend.

How do you win tickets? Easy! Use the contest form linked below to send us a photo of you and your horse! Riding, hanging at the barn, showing — it’s up to you which photo you choose! Then describe in 50 words or less why you’d like to win tickets to the Washington International Horse Show.

Only ONE entry per person will be allowed, and NO professional photos will be accepted. You MUST be able to attend WIHS to enter! Winners receive two tickets only; Sidelines CANNOT pay for other expenses including (but not limited to) transportation, lodging and meals.

The contest runs October 14-19. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Sidelines judges. By entering the contest you are consenting to have your entry posted on Facebook and possibly used in Sidelines Magazine.

Good luck to everyone and a big thanks to the WIHS crew for the tickets!

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Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell and Laurie Barna Win $10,000 WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

October 22, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Monopoly and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

 

Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2014 – The 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) began Tuesday with the first day of hunter competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The day featured professional and amateur hunters showing in the first classes of their divisions as well as year-end championships for the children’s and adult hunter riders. The WIHS continues its six-day competition through Sunday, October 26.

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship saw 31 entries on Tuesday competing over a course set by Kenneth Krome of Westminster, MD. The top 12 entries returned for round two where 14-year-old Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell of New York, NY, qualified both of her two mounts. The rider won the championship riding Margaret O’Meara’s Monopoly to scores of 84 and 78.5 for a total of 162.5. For the win, she was presented the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

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Monopoly and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell in their winning presentation

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

Olivia Notman and Castlewood Farm, Inc.’s Signature finished second on a 161-point total with scores of 82 and 79. Krysiewicz-Bell also placed third aboard her horse Early Winter with scores of 81 and 77 for a total of 158.

Krysiewicz-Bell started training with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm in New York three years ago and has seen great progress in her riding. She began riding Monopoly one year ago and showed the 14-year-old Dutch Riding Horse gelding for the first time in Wellington, FL, this winter.

“He is probably the perfect horse,” she smiled. “Everything about him, everything that you would want a horse to be, he is. He is reliable, he is rarely fresh, and he is an amazing jumper. Early Winter is my equitation horse, but I have been riding him in the hunters too and he has been really good.”

Tuesday was Krysiewicz-Bell’s first time showing at WIHS, and it was her goal all year to qualify for the final. This was her last show on Monopoly (a.k.a. Cash) and a wonderful win.

“My rounds today were really good,” she detailed. “I thought that they were smooth. I think I was a little more confident than I have been on them in the past because I just was relaxing and thinking about the quality of the round and focusing.”

“I came down yesterday and I was able to look at the ring and look at the schooling area and that gave me a sense of how it would ride and what the ring would feel like when I was riding in it,” she added. “Also, I got up this morning and I schooled a little in the ring, so I got a feeling of how I would need to ride later today. I had never been here before, and it is wonderful to come here and have this success. I love the ring. It is amazing to be here, and it feels incredible to win.”

Krysiewicz-Bell is a student at Marymount School in New York City and commutes to Heritage Farm four to five days a week after school to ride. This winter she will return to Florida to continue competing.

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Signature and Olivia Notman

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

Laurie Barna and Laguna Top $10,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Championship

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, concluded day one at the 2014 WIHS with 27 entries showing over the first round course and the top 12 returning. Laurie Barna of Dallas, PA, finally got her victory after several top finishes in the competition in previous years. She rode her veteran mount Laguna, a 21-year-old Holsteiner gelding, to victory with scores of 78 and 81 for the winning total of 159.

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Laurie Barna and Laguna

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

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Jacquelyn Maggiore and Contina

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

Barna started training with Liz Perry-Merbler at High Brass Farm in New Jersey in 2000 and has ridden Laguna for almost five years. The horse was previously her niece’s equitation horse and has given Barna great confidence in her riding.Jacquelyn Maggiore and Contina finished second with a 155-point total on scores of 76 and 79. Dana C. Nifosi and Knob Creek placed third with scores of 72.5 and 82 for a total of 154.5.

“We have been coming here year after year, and I just can’t believe we actually finally won,” Barna beamed. “I have been doing Washington with either hunters or jumpers for at least 10 or 12 years now and this is my first time (winning). We are always a bridesmaid, but not this year. This is very exciting, especially on that horse. He is like our family heirloom. He has been in our family for a long time now. He was my niece’s equitation horse and when she went to college, we couldn’t bear to sell him. It is very sweet to have won it on him. We are probably semi retiring him this year and I thought, ‘Well, this is my last go of it.’ I can’t believe we actually got it.”

“Liz and I have been at this together for 15 years. I have a full-time job, and I only get out there once a week. Liz takes care of everything else,” Barna explained. “They have a rehab facility there, and he does the AquaPacer three times a week because it is a low impact workout. That is wonderful for him. Liz hacks him, and I have a lesson every Friday. I am very fortunate that he has so much experience, and he just loves it. He is wonderful.”
Although Barna still plans to show Laguna lightly next year, this win capped off an excellent partnership at one of her favorite shows.

“I was walking around the schooling area talking to him, saying, ‘All these years together buddy, do you think we can pull this off?’ It has never worked out. I landed off that last jump, and I thought, ‘Could it be?’ This will not be his last show. We might just have some fun with it next year, but it will be very limited. It will be hard to give him up. I have to wean myself off. Who knows, but how can you top that?”

Though she has many years of experience showing at WIHS, competing in the city never loses its luster for Barna. “I absolutely love it. It is just the atmosphere here,” she smiled. “Everything is so electric and unusual. It is just a neat show to be at. It is so friendly. I love being in the city and the horses walking down the street. It is a beautiful arena. It is challenging, but luckily I have a horse who doesn’t require much. There is just something about horses in the city that makes it really special.”

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Laurie Barna and Laguna in their winning presentation

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

Also showing on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center with a very successful morning for Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day with a high score of 92 in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Stewart also accepted The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round with a score of 86 aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Quest in the First Year Green Working Hunters.

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Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons with Dr. Betsee Parker

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

The Washington International Horse Show continues on Wednesday with championships for the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions as well as the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship during the day. The evening session, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship and the $10,000 International Jumper speed class, sponsored by Amalaya Investments. For full results, more information, or to watch the free live stream of the show sponsored in part by The Nutro Company, please visit www.wihs.org.Also showing on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center with a very successful morning for Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day with a high score of 92 in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Stewart also accepted The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round with a score of 86 aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Quest in the First Year Green Working Hunters.

Final Results: $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship
Place, Number, Horse, Rider, Owner, Round 1 Score, Round 2 Score, Overall Score
1 721 MONOPOLY Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell Margaret O’Meara 84.000 78.500 162.500
2 283 SIGNATURE Olivia Notman Castlewood Farm, Inc. 82.000 79.000 161.000
3 722 EARLY WINTER Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell 81.000 77.000 158.000
4 128 VOLTARO Mary Elise Nolen Missy Nolen 75.000 78.000 153.000
5 556 OBERON Madeline McManus Streett Moore 72.000 80.000 152.000
6 412 ONE HUNDRED AND ONE Caroline Kahn Scott Petrie 74.500 73.500 148.000
7 324 COPPERFIELD Elise Buhl Fox Meadow Farm 73.500 74.000 147.500
8 752 CITY GIRL Gillian Aiken Gillian Aiken 76.000 69.000 145.000
9 645 MACTIER Connie Holman Bella Cramer 77.000 67.500 144.500
10 554 BRUTALIO Elizabeth Parent Streett Moore 74.000 70.000 144.000
11 669 NOSE BETTER Caroline Wilson Caroline Wilson 79.000 63.000 142.000
12 297 QUITE CHOCOLATE Catherine Kubiak Over Fences Farm LLC 73.000 55.000 128.000
Final Results: Final Results: $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley
Place, Number, Rider, Owner, Round 1 Score, Round 2 Score, Total Score
1 408 LAGUNA Laurie Barna Laurie Barna 78.000 81.000 159.000
2 235 CONTINA Jacquelyn Maggiore Jacquelyn Maggiore 76.000 79.000 155.000
3 536 KNOB CREEK Dana C. Nifosi Dana C. Nifosi 72.500 82.000 154.500
4 525 BENVOLIO Mary Grossman Mary Grossman 71.000 83.000 154.000
5 163 RENO RUNAWAY Emily Slotwinski Sandra Mertes 70.000 80.000 150.000
6 101 FERRAGAMO’S FEATURE Jenna Weiner Jenna Weiner, LLC 73.000 74.500 147.500
7 110 POETIC JUSTIS Brooke Cole Brooke Cole 71.500 74.000 145.500
8 278 SGT. PEPPER Connie McRill Connie McRill 67.000 78.000 145.000
9 526 ROC’S IRISH ROSE Heather Bobek Heather Bobek 72.000 71.000 143.000
10 913 ALL 4 PLAY Carly Ziegler Carly Ziegler 70.500 72.000 142.500
11 633 EMERALD CITY Sarah Gorrell Ashley Holsinger 68.000 68.000 136.000
12 266 WISH LIST Diane Wade Diane Wade 69.000 65.000 134.000
Photo Credit: Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.
About the Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October, more than 500 world-class horses and riders, including Olympic medalists, arrive in Washington for six days of exciting show jumping and hunter competition. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event.  WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.   
Since its debut, WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star-Studded Lineup of International Show Jumpers Announced For 2014 Washington International Horse Show

October 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Washington, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is thrilled to announce an all-star lineup of international show jumpers scheduled to ride in this year’s competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the year’s most esteemed equestrian competitions with an FEI four-star rating and World Cup qualifier, WIHS draws many of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians and rising young talents. The 56th annual event runs October 21-26, 2014.

Click here to watch the fantastic promotional video for this year’s Washington International Horse Show!

Following team and individual bronze medal performances in this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France, U.S. superstar Beezie Madden is back on home turf and set to compete at WIHS along with teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden and Ward are each two-time Olympic gold medalists, and Farrington is currently the number four ranked rider in the world (as of September 30, 2014). U.S. WEG traveling team alternate Charlie Jayne will also show along with original alternate Margie Engle, who has one of the most illustrious careers in the sport.

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Adding to the challenge, U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut is slated to compete as well as coach her protégé, Jessica Springsteen, throughout the competition. Springsteen is hot off of a win in the American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W and looks to continue her success at WIHS. 2012 President’s Cup winner Reed Kessler joins the list of top riders as she returns stateside with Olympic mount, Cylana. Other young U.S. stars such as Katie Dinan, Quentin Judge, Brianne Goutal, Lillie Keenan, Meagan Nusz, and Catherine Pasmore will compete as well.

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

U.S. show jumping star Todd Minikus is always one to watch at WIHS as he continues a fantastic season that includes a win in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY, in September. Georgina Bloomberg is also having a phenomenal season with a big win in the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, in New York City.

Along with top riders for the United States, international stars Francois Mathy, Nicola Philippaerts and Olivier Philippaerts are all traveling from Belgium to jump at the prestigious WIHS competition. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam will be on board as well after recently winning the New Albany Classic Grand Prix, as will countryman Kevin Babington, who secured a major win in this summer’s Hampton Classic Grand Prix. Colombia’s Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran as well as Brazil’s Paulo Santana round out the list of top international riders.

Wings & McLain Ward

Wings & McLain Ward

With a star studded lineup of riders and many of their best horses, the schedule of international show jumping competition at this year’s WIHS features many exciting classes. Competition begins with a $10,000 International Jumper speed class on Wednesday evening, October 22.

Thursday, October 23, highlights a $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake in the afternoon followed by the always popular Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery. Barn Night draws one of the show’s largest crowds as local horse lovers watch the entertaining $20,000 International Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, participate in group contests, and have the opportunity to attend autograph signings with top riders.

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Uraya & Charlie Jayne jumping last year’s Puissance wall

Show jumping continues on Friday, October 24, as WIHS salutes the nation’s armed forces during its fourth annual Military Night. Classes include a $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final as well as the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, which is an exhilarating high jump competition.

International jumping concludes on Saturday, October 25, with the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 4*-W presented by Events DC, a Longines FEI World Cup qualifier.

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

The complete list of international competitors for the 2014 WIHS includes:

Kent Farrington (USA)
McLain Ward (USA)
Beezie Madden (USA)
Laura Kraut (USA)
Charlie Jayne (USA)
Katie Dinan (USA)
Jessica Springsteen (USA)
Reed Kessler (USA)
Leslie Howard (USA)
Quentin Judge (USA)
Todd Minikus (USA)
Brianne Goutal (USA)
Margie Engle (USA)
Georgina Bloomberg (USA)
Meagan Nusz (USA)
Catherine Pasmore (USA)
Candice King (USA)
Kirsten Coe (USA)
David Beisel (USA)
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA)
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL)
Olivier Philippaerts (BEL)
Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
Daniel Bluman (COL)
Francois Mathy (BEL)
Kevin Babington (IRL)
Roberto Teran (COL)
Paulo Santana (BRA)
Callan Solem (USA)
Lillie Keenan (USA)

The Washington International Horse Show looks forward to hosting this group of talented riders and top horses in another year of world-class competition at Verizon Center. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 26,000 spectators to 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. In 2014, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), theinternational governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines,raised the show’s rating to CSI4*-W to reflect the increase in prize money for international show jumping. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) 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 recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

Photo Credit: Photos © Alden Corrigan. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

Washington International Horse Show Tickets Now On Sale

August 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Washington, D.C. – August 15, 2014 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce the opening of ticket sales for the 2014 competition scheduled for Oct. 21-26 at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. General admission tickets for daytime performances are $15 (plus applicable service charges), Tuesday through Sunday, with children 12 and under admitted for free. VIP section seating is available for evening performances. For more information on ticket pricing and group discounts, military/seniors and students, please call 202-661-5061 or visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

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Riders from around the world take on the toughest course of the week on Saturday night in the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix. Last year’s winner was Kent Farrington aboard the amazing Blue Angel. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

The WIHS is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show, and annually produces one week of exciting events and world-class competition in the nation’s capital. Spectators are invited to watch some of the world’s best international show jumping, elite hunter competition, and the top junior riders in the country. VIP hospitality, boutique shopping and a silent auction add to the special experience.

WIHS provides family-friendly entertainment options including the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championships and other exciting equestrian exhibitions, Saturday’s free Kids’ Day, Thursday’s Barn Night, featuring spirit contests, scavenger hunts and Wednesday morning’s Breakfast with the Mounted Police. For further event details visit:http://www.wihs.org/schedule/

Enjoy the fast, furious and fun WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races on Thursday and Saturday nights! Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Enjoy the fast, furious and fun WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races on
Thursday and Saturday nights! Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Highlights of the 2014 WIHS include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier) on Saturday, Oct. 25; the $25,000 Puissance (high jump competition) on Friday’s Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company; and the WIHS Equitation Finals, featuring the country’s top junior riders, also on Saturday. More than half a million dollars in prize money and special awards will be presented at the show throughout the week. Learn more about the Washington International Horse Show and the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Finals at www.wihs.orgjoin us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 
About the Washington International Horse Show
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 26,000 spectators to 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. In 2014, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines, raised the show’s rating to CSI4*-W to reflect the increase in prize money for international show jumping. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) 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.

 

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. Selected as the Honorary Rescue of the Washington International Horse Show

November 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Nov. 1, 2013— Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. was selected as the honorary rescue of the Washington International Horse Show, which took place October 22-26 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

 

Sidelines Magazine Intern Christina Alex's OTTB Junior

Sidelines Magazine Intern Christina Alex’s OTTB Junior

TPR was selected for this honor through A Home For Every Horse, a program through the Equine Network, which has partnered with the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition to provide care and shelter to America’s horses. A Home For Every Horse program is sponsored by Purina, Zoetis, Absorbine, Cavallo, WeatherBeeta and Tractor Supply.

 

“We would like to thank A Home For Every Horse and their generous sponsors.  They help non-profits like ours continue the important work that is making a difference in the lives of these amazing animals,” said Kimberly Clark, founder of TPR, which works to retrain and find qualified homes for retired Thoroughbreds, as well as to educate owners, trainers and the general public about the value of retired racehorses as show and pleasure horses.

 

TPR takes in an average of 35 horses annually.  In addition to boarding, each horse receives basic care, including vaccinations, coggins, blacksmith and dental care.

The horses are retrained over a 90-day period.  Although all of the training and riding time is donated by Leighton Farm, the home of TPR, the cost of the 90-day retraining program is approximately $2,120 per horse.  Upon completion of the retraining, horses are adopted by qualified homes and the adoption fees are placed back into the program.

 

“We are grateful to A Home For Every Horse, which has provided us with free feed coupons from Purina,” said Clark.

 

Clark went on to express her gratitude for TPR being recognized at the

 

Washington International Horse Show, the country’s foremost indoor metropolitan indoor horse show.

 

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has been a leading equestrian

event for the past 55 years, according to their Web site.  The WIHS features events such as show jumping, dressage, hunter and equitation competition, as well as a Kids’ Day, Barn Night, special exhibits and shopping and attracts horses and riders from around the world. (www.wihs.org)

 

According to their Web site, WIHS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and is proud to support and partner with local, military and national charities.

 

For more information about WIHS, visit www.wihs.org.

 

For more information about A Home For Every Horse, visit www.equisearch.com/a-home-for-every-horse/

 

TPR is a 501(c)(3) charity which exists to improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.  TPR successfully transitions and retrains racehorses for other disciplines and strives to improve the

reputation of the Thoroughbred by providing education and support.

 

For more information, please contact Terri Hirschmann and Kerrie-Anne Sparks at news@goodhorse.org or call 410-703-2657.

 

Kaufman and MacFarlane Triumph in $10,000 Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships On Opening Day of the 55th Annual Washington International Horse Show

October 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 

Washington, D.C. – October 22, 2013 – The 55th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its opening day at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. on Tuesday with a full day of hunter competition. The professional and amateur-owner riders showed throughout the day in the first classes of their divisions and will conclude their competition for championship honors on Wednesday. The children’s and adult hunter riders competed for their championships in the evening. The WIHS continues its six-day competition through Sunday, October 27.

 

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship featured 31 entries on Tuesday competing over a course set by J.P. Godard of Aiken, SC, with the top 12 entries returning for round two. Fifteen-year-old Abigael Kaufman of Chevy Chase, MD, came out on top with high scores of 86 and 84 for a combined total of 170 aboard her mount Ivanhoe. For their win, the pair was awarded the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

 

Kimmee Gottwald and Catina finished second with scores of 91.5 and 76 for a 157 point total. Third place honors went to Darby Cole and Valerie Renihan’s Tuscan Sun with a pair of 77 scores to total 154.

Abigael Kaufman and Ivanhoe

Abigael Kaufman and Ivanhoe

Abigael Kaufman trains with Alan Lohman and has leased Ivanhoe, a 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding, for two years now. The pair has shown together in the Children’s Hunter and equitation divisions. 

“We’ve just been doing local shows trying to qualify for zone finals and we finally qualified for Washington, which was a very nice end to the year,” Kaufman noted.

 

Although she showed at WIHS with a pony two years ago, this was the rider’s first time competing on a horse, and the experience was a little different.

 “It’s my first time winning, which is very nice,” she smiled. “It’s pretty much the same, but it’s different because when you are on a horse it’s a lot more important, and it’s harder to ride around the ring, especially on a big horse.”

 

“I also got to show on a weekday, which I think is really cool because all of the good riders get to show on weekdays,” she added with a smile. “It’s a lot of fun.”

  Abigael Kaufman and Ivanhoe in their winning presentation


Abigael Kaufman and Ivanhoe in their winning presentation

The experience of competing in downtown Washington D.C. is always exciting, with the horses temporarily stabled in the streets surrounding Verizon Center, and people walking through the city day and night.

 

“The coolest part is probably walking down the ramp from the stalls to the ring,” Kaufman noted. “You see people walking home from work and they wonder why there is a horse walking around in D.C. and you say ‘Yup, that’s my horse.’ It’s really cool.”

 

Ivanhoe and Kaufman handled the city setting likes pros and put in two winning rounds. Kaufman described Ivanhoe as a very slow horse that takes a lot of leg and commented further on her rounds.

 

“Once I got my pace and had him out in front of me, everything else was golden. He was right there, ready to do it for me,” she detailed. “The first round I felt really good about. I feel like I was able to fix all the mistakes I’ve made during the year. The second round, my trainer just told me to go in and have fun and make it as smooth as possible. I think we did just that. We had a few little minor errors, but he made up for it and jumped all the fences nicely. I was really happy with both of them.”

  Second place finishers Kimmee Gottwald and Catina


Second place finishers Kimmee Gottwald and Catina


Authentic and Dudley MacFarlane Win $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship

 

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship concluded day one at the 2013 WIHS with 29 entries showing over the first round course and the top twelve returning. Dudley MacFarlane of Darien, CT, rode her 17-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding Authentic to the championship with scores of 87 and 85.5 for a 171.5 point total.

 

Devon Braswell and Showgirl placed second on a two-round total of 171 with scores of 85 and 86. Daryl Whitmoyer and Sweet Potato Pie earned an 84.5 and an 85 to finish third with a score of 169.5.

  Dudley MacFarlane and Authentic


Dudley MacFarlane and Authentic

Dudley MacFarlane has had her winning mount, Authentic, for 13 years since purchasing the horse as a stallion when he was four years old with the help of then-trainer, Jimmy Toon. The pair has shown all over the country in their years together, and Authentic now spends most of his year living in a field and going on trail rides on MacFarlane’s farm in Charlottesville, VA. He showed in order to qualify for the championship this year and completed his years of showing at WIHS with a well-deserved victory.

 

“He is a really cool horse,” MacFarlane said proudly. “He is 17 years young and he is amazing. He only comes out about four times a year. He does enough to qualify. I take him to Upperville and Middleburg because I love those two horse shows, and we did the $250,000 in Saugerties. He lives on the field at my farm and he just sort of hangs out. He’s the boss. Whatever he says and whatever he wants, he gets.”

 

MacFarlane and Authentic showed at WIHS in the amateur 3’6” division multiple times and also showed in the Adult Hunter Championship last year, but MacFarlane explained that Authentic was a little starstruck with the jumbotron in the arena. This year they put a computer screen in his stall to get him ready for the competition.

 

“We sort of made him sit in front of the computer all week,” she laughed. “We made him watch Harrisburg rounds. We got this big trash can and put the computer on it and made him watch the Second Years! It worked. We were fortunate we had a great stall (here). We’d take him there (to the ring) when they were dragging and let him look. He was fantastic. He’s the best horse ever. I’m so fortunate.”

  Dudley MacFarlane and Authentic in their winning presentation


Dudley MacFarlane and Authentic in their winning presentation

“He was just on it today,” MacFarlane described of their jumping rounds. “I really can’t remember two rounds that he was as wonderful as he was. No rubs, no swaps. I promised him he would never have to come back if he would just go in and win the class!”

 

MacFarlane rides with trainer Rodney Bross now and explained that it does not take much to keep Authentic in top form. 

“We never jump him at home. He knows his job,” she said. “Sometimes he actually knows it a little bit too well, and he’ll decide he wants to take over a little bit. We have a really good relationship. When I walk in the barn, as soon as he hears my voice he nickers or comes running from the field to see me. We give him lots of peppermints. The main thing is to keep him happy and healthy. As soon as he decides he doesn’t want to do it anymore, he doesn’t have to. He loves stepping up to the plate. He’s a horse of a lifetime, there’s no question.”

 

In addition to their championship ribbons and coolers, the winners of the Children’s and Adult Hunter Champions were each awarded a pair of custom chaps courtesy of Journeyman Saddlers, Ltd.

 Second place finishers Devon Braswell and Showgirl


Second place finishers Devon Braswell and Showgirl

Also showing earlier on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center with several winning rounds for Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Farmer’s mount Mythical, owned by D. Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber, for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day with a high score of 90. Farmer also accepted The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round with a score of 89 aboard D. Larry Glefke and Quail Run Partnerships’ Skorekeeper.

 

The Washington International Horse Show continues tomorrow with championships for the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions as well as the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship during the day. The evening session, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship and the $10,000 Open Jumper speed class. For full results, more information, or to watch the free live feed of the show, please visit www.wihs.org.

 

Final Results: $10,000 Children’s Hunter Championship

Placing/Back Number/Horse/Rider/Owner/Round 1/Round 2/Total

 

1. 278 IVANHOE Abigael Kaufman Abigael Kaufman 86.000 84.000 170.000

2. 161 CATINA Kimmee Gottwald Kimmee Gottwald 81.500 76.000 157.500

3. 431 TUSCAN SUN Darby Cole Valerie Renihan 77.000 77.000 154.000

4. 595 CARSON Carilynn Peyton Tyler Stewart 78.000 75.000 153.000

5. 681 DALAMAR Mary Claire Medeiros Dana Watkiss 81.000 71.000 152.000

6. 648 PLATINI Sydney Gever Sydney Gever 82.000 68.000 150.000

7. 427 RIGHTEOUS Zander Lichacz Zander Lichacz 79.000 70.000 149.000

8. 328 CURIOUS GEORGE Lucy Loper Lucy Loper 75.000 65.000 140.000

9. 735 TRIBUTE Lindsey Bland Gulfstream Equestrian 77.500 62.000 139.500

10. 428 TAYLOR MADE Katherine Robertson Katherine Robertson 84.000 42.000 126.000

11. 682 OLIVIA Mary Claire Medeiros Mary Claire Medeiros 80.000 45.000 125.000

12. 597 LEADING LADY Rachel Okun Rachel Okun 76.000 43.000 119.000

 

Final Results: $10,000 Adult Hunter Championship

Placing/Back Number/Horse/Rider/Owner/Round 1/Round 2/Total

 

1. 773 AUTHENTIC Dudley Macfarlane Dudley Macfarlane 86.000 85.500 171.500

2. 441 SHOWGIRL Devon Braswell Devon Braswell 85.000 86.000 171.000

3. 264 SWEET POTATO PIE Daryl Whitmoyer Daryl Whitmoyer 84.500 85.000 169.500

4. 262 URBAN Chelsea Director Chelsea Director 78.000 84.000 162.000

5. 523 WISH LIST Diane Wade Diane Wade 79.000 78.000 157.000

6. 533 SGT. PEPPER Connie Mcrill Connie Mcrill 75.000 80.000 155.000

7. 326 TYCOON Laurie Barna Laurie Barna 82.000 70.500 152.500

8. 528 UFONIA P Kevin Foster Paulexi Llc 81.000 71.000 152.000

9. 263 ROCOCO Brittani Director Brittani Director 76.000 75.000 151.000

10. 202 IN OUR TIME Nicole Shaw Ben Guanciale 84.000 64.000 148.000

11. 421 CASANOVA Elizabeth Kirby Elizabeth Kirby 80.000 62.000 142.000

12. 740 KIPLING M. Stuart Landin The Barracks 87.000 45.000 132.000

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

 

About The Washington International Horse Show

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with leading riders, including Olympic medalists, and fabulous horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, the Puissance high-jump competition; and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Special exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities will round out this family-friendly event.

 

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a Washington, DC, institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

New SHF Enterprises Inc. Young Jumper Championship Incentive Bonus

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WASHINGTON – August 26, 2013 – Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce a new incentive bonus sponsored by SHF Enterprises, Inc. for the rated Jumper divisions, along with the winner of the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, to honor horses that also competed in the Young Jumper Championships (YJC). The bonus is yet another highlight for jumper riders at the 55th annual WIHS, held October 22-27, 2013, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

 

The “SHF Enterprises, Inc. Young Jumper Championship Incentive Bonus” will award a $5,000 bonus to the WIHS rated jumper division champions and a $10,000 bonus to the winner of the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, who were also graduates of the Young Jumper Championship Series. An additional $5,000 YJC American Breeder’s Bonus will be awarded to the winner of the President’s Cup Grand Prix if the horse is the product of an American breeding program. Any horses that are currently 15 years of age or less and were top 15 finalists in any of the three sections of the YJC East, West and Midwest Championships in the last ten years are eligible. The American breeding program criteria are defined by the YJC.

WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan said, “We are excited to offer a new bonus that will help recognize the training of young jumpers into successful open jumper mounts, and further, to reward owners and riders for bringing them along to the highest level of national and international competition at WIHS.”

SHF Enterprises, Inc. and the Young Jumper Championship are committed to providing encouragement and rewards for owners, breeders, and riders interested in developing young horses to successfully represent the United States at the highest levels of show jumping.

WIHS Board of Directors member Claudia Frost of SHF Enterprises, Inc. stated, “Washington is the only show of its kind in America – an international show, showcased in the heart of our Nation’s capital. It was a natural progression for us to extend our promotion and support to the international level and to recognize and incentivize American young horse program participants at America’s horse show.”

She continued, “Our horses have competed at WIHS on a number of occasions during the past two decades. SHF is pleased to be able to offer a program that furthers its mission, benefits WIHS and YJC, and promotes the sustainability and future of our sport.”

Sidelines Magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner with the Washington International Horse Show.

Sidelines Magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner with the Washington International Horse Show.

SHF Enterprises, Inc. and their horses have been a part of the YJC for many years, sponsoring and promoting young horses at the regional and national level. SHF Enterprises, Inc. has been the title sponsor of the YJC East Finals at the Hampton Classic Horse Show for more than 10 years. Established in 1998 as a breeding, showing, and sales operation, SHF horses have competed at the highest national and international levels of competition in hunters and jumpers. They started working with the YJC program in the early 2000s and have seen it grow and gain prominence, with YJC graduates continuing on to international competition.

For more information on the Young Jumper Championship, please visit their website at www.youngjumpers.com or their Facebook page.

About the Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 20,000 spectators to 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 nearly half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) 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.

– See more at: http://www.wihs.org/lower.php?url=article&aid=361&story=New+SHF+Enterprises+Inc.+Young+Jumper+Championship+Incentive+Bonus#sthash.uWjcZZEw.dpuf

Annabel Revers and Quebo Dominate Children’s Hunters at Fieldstone Summer Showcase II

August 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Halifax, MA – August 21, 2013 – It was a perfect day in New England for the horses and riders showing at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase II. Young riders took center stage in the Main Hunter Ring, where Samantha Perlman and McKayla Langmeier kicked things off by scoring wins in the Junior Hunters. It was Annabel Revers and Quebo who took home the top honors though at the end of the day, leading the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic from start to finish, and capturing the Children’s Hunter Championship.

During the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic, the top 15 finishers from the first round were invited to return to showcase a second flowing hunter trip. The best of the day proved to be Annabel Revers and Quebo, owned by Beechwood Stables of Beechwood, Ohio. Revers earned the leading score during the first round of 83, but she did not let the pressure of coming back on top phase her. The duo laid down another flawless round, scoring an 86 for a total of 169 and the winning honors. Revers and Quebo’s first round score helped them earn a blue ribbon in the Children’s Hunter division as well, to take home the championship honors.

Annabel Revers and Quebo

Annabel Revers and Quebo

“Our first round was really good,” smiled Revers. “I was a little worried that he would be tired for the second round because he has done a lot today.  I was nervous that I would mess up the second round, but he was really good.”

Revers only began riding Quebo last week, but the pair already has a strong connection. “I really only started riding him at the show, and it was a little rough at first, but I finally figured out that I just need to have the right canter and then the jumps work out,” she explained. “He’s lazy, so he needs a lot of leg. If you have the right canter and have him going then he’s great.”

“I would like to do the Junior Hunters with him eventually,” continued Revers. “I like the derbies here, they are really fun. I am doing the 2’9” Hunter Derby on Friday with Quebo. My trainer Mitch Steege rode him in the field last week and he seemed to really enjoy himself.”

The second place honors in the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic went to Sydney Gever of North Caldwell, NJ, and Platini, who earned scores of 73 and 83 for a total of 156. Taking home the third place award was Sophie Purinton and Guiseppe, owned by Joyce Mersereau of Concord, MA, whose consistent scores of 75 and 74 brought their total to 149. Flavey Brennan and Rochambo, owned by Megan Blair of Hingham, MA, rounded out the top four, earning a 69 in the first round, and toping it with a 75 in the second round for a total of 144.

Earlier in the day, the Junior Hunter division got underway with top riders from across the country. The blue ribbon in the first class went to McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, riding Czar-Z. The duo has been winning all over the country this summer, including a recent victory in the $15,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby at Vermont Summer Festival. They used their derby skills in the handy round to earn the second place ribbon, and also placed second in the under saddle.

The winner of the handy class was Samantha Perlman with Moneypenny, owned by Animation of Pleasantville, NY. With smooth inside turns and a precise trot jump, the duo jumped straight to the top of the leader board, after also picking up a fifth place ribbon in the first over fences class.

Samantha Perlman and Moneypenny

Samantha Perlman and Moneypenny

“I was really happy with her today,” smiled Perlman. “She’s usually really good in the handy classes, especially coming down to the trot because she’s really lazy. The single jumps are really fun to hand gallop and she is really good at covering up the long spot.”

Perlman only began riding Moneypenny a couple of weeks ago for her mother. “We just started showing the Junior Hunters last week and she’s been super,” she noted. “It’s still a new ride for me, but I really like her. She doesn’t want to be touched, just stay out of her way and kick.”

The Fieldstone Summer Showcase is one of Perlman’s favorite events each year. “I think these shows are great,” she commented. “The jumps are a little different and I really like riding on the field; it’s awesome.”

The Junior Hunters will conclude tomorrow, determining championship and reserve championship honors. The riders will also have the chance to compete in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Hunter highlights also include Friday’s $10,000 NEHJ 2’9” Hunter Derby Finals and the $25,000 NEHJA $25,000 3’3” Hunter Derby Finals.

For more information about the Fieldstone Summer Showcase, please visit www.showfieldstone.com.

Washington International Horse Show Tickets Now on Sale

August 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WIHS

 

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2013—The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its 2013 competition, which will run Oct. 22-27, 2013, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. General admission tickets for daytime performances are $15 (plus applicable service charges), Tuesday through Sunday, with children 12 and under admitted for free. VIP section seating is available for evening performances. For pricing information please visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

The WIHS is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show, and each year it hosts one week of exciting, world-class competition in the Nation’s Capital. Spectators are invited to join in the festivities during the week to watch international show jumping at its best, elite hunter competition, and the best up-and-coming junior riders in the country. VIP hospitality, boutique shopping and a silent auction add to the special experience.

ribbons

Highlights of the 2013 WIHS include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), presented by Events DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26; the $25,000 Puissance (high jump competition) on Friday’s Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company; and the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals, featuring the country’s top junior riders, also on Saturday. Nearly half a million dollars in prize money and special awards will be presented at the show, including Washington favorites like special treats from Georgetown Cupcake.

Entertaining for riders and non-equestrians alike, exciting equestrian exhibitions and community activities such as a free Kids’ Day, Thursday’s Barn Night, and the Wednesday morning Breakfast with the Mounted Police will also return this year. Further details on the competition are described in this year’s official prize list, which can be found at www.wihs.org/prize-list/.

Discounts are available for groups, military/seniors and students. For more information on Group Sales discounts, please call 202-661-5061.

Learn more about the Washington International Horse Show and the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Finals at www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 20,000 spectators to 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 nearly half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) 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.

Press Contact: Meghan Blackburn
202-525-3679 / meghan@wihs.org

Photo © Alden Corrigan

It’s Not Too Late to Qualify for the 2013 Washington International Horse Show Championships!

August 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WASHINGTON – July 31, 2013 – As competition heats up around the country this summer, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) would like to remind competitors that there are still many opportunities for horses and riders to earn points for the 2013 year-end championships. The WIHS qualifying period runs from shows starting on or after Sept. 1, 2012, through shows starting on or before Aug. 31, 2013. Don’t miss the chance to compete at one of the nation’s most celebrated horse shows!

As the country’s only metropolitan indoor horse show, the Washington International Horse Show hosts one week of world-class competition each year at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. This year’s competition, which includes six WIHS championship finals in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions, will be held on Oct. 22-27, 2013.

Championships include the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper, as well as the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals for junior riders.

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2012 WIHS Adult Hunter Champion Amy Zettler and Glad Rags are currently third
in the 2013 standings with 1,680 points. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography

WIHS competitions are open to all who wish to compete, however points acquired only count for current WIHS members. Sign up today to become a WIHS member and start earning points toward the WIHS championship finals at Verizon Center.

In the WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, 30 horse and rider combinations will be invited to compete in each division based on points earned during the qualifying period. In addition, the children’s and adult hunter and jumper champions at the 2013 WIHS Regional Horse Show held on Oct. 18-20, 2013, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., will automatically qualify.

Hunter and Jumper Leaders

Top competitors from around the nation continue to compete for the chance to show at Verizon Center in these coveted finals. Here are some of the current division leaders:

As of July 19, 2013, rider Mindy Wurzburg of Memphis, Tenn., and her mount Overseas, are well in the lead for the Adult Hunter Championship standings with 2,788 points. Fellow Tennessee native, and Wurzberg’s sister, Cheryl Rubenstein and her horse Riesling stand in second place with 1,694 points. From Virginia, last year’s championship winners Amy Zettler and Glad Rags sit third in the standings with 1,680 points.

Recalling their win from 2012, Zettler stated, “It was amazing. It was a great finish to the year, and my horse was everything that I thought he would be at the show. It was just a fantastic experience.”

Zettler looks forward to returning to Verizon Center to compete again this year with Glad Rags, who she has had for four years now.

“It is just so special to be able to show at the same place that [the Washington Capitals hockey team] plays,” Zettler noted. “I am local to the area, so it makes it even more special to be able to have friends and family come support you and be in that arena. It is a fun atmosphere.”

As a WIHS member, Zettler enjoys competing throughout the year to earn points toward the year-end championship and loves the camaraderie between all of the riders.

“It is fun because you get to know so many people and you get to support your friends,” she acknowledged. “All of the age groups at the Championships are a great support network. Everybody cheers each other on.”

In the Children’s Hunter Championship standings, Mary Claire Medeiros of Chevy Chase, Md., and her mount Olivia are in the lead with 2,658 points. The pair finished fourth in the 2012 championships and will attempt to improve on that placing this year. Mallory Hensley of Yukon, Okla., and Van Gough are in second place with 2,184 points with Lindsey Bland of Gloucester, Va., and Tribute sitting in third with 2,026 points.

In the Adult Jumper Championship standings, WIHS President Victoria Lowell of Brookeville, Md., and Tippitoo hold a solid lead with 3,444 points. Boston-based rider Alexandra Cherubini and EquiFit Carlos sit second with 3,057 points, and Phoenix Cooke, of Chardon, Ohio, has 3,051 points in third with Sky’s Burnin’ Blue.

The Children’s Jumper Championship standings are led by Kimberle Paige Burton of Huntersville, N.C., with 2,852 points riding Kolette. From Wayne, Ill., Giavanna Rinaldi and Juliette have 2,851 points in second. Andre Mershad, of New Albany, Ohio, sits in third with 2,599 points aboard Opera.

Equitation Finals Bring the Nation’s Rising Stars to WIHS

Two of the biggest highlights at WIHS each year for junior riders are the exciting Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals. Riders compete throughout the year to earn a spot in the finals, and these classes have been a proving ground for future grand prix and Olympic riders.

In the feature Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals, 40 riders will be invited to compete based on points earned in WIHS Equitation classes held year round throughout the country. Thirty riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 from the West Coast League. Twenty-five riders will be invited to compete in the Pony Equitation Finals.

Talented rider Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, Fla., currently has a firm grasp on the top spot of the East Coast WIHS Equitation standings with an impressive 6,578 points. Colvin placed sixth in last year’s final and has won multiple qualifying classes around the country this year on her journey back to Verizon Center in 2013. Ashton Alexander of Ocala, Fla., sits second with 4,700 points and Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, N.Y., is third with 4,678 points.

On the West Coast, Sydney Callaway of San Diego, Calif., holds the lead with 2,664 points. Alexis Graves of Coto de Caza, Calif., has 2,392 points in second, and Taylor Sutton of Austin, Texas, sits third with 2,324 points.

For the Pony Equitation Finals, Haley Redifer of Barboursville, Va., leads the way with 865 points. Coco Fath of Fairfield, Conn., has 861.5 points in second place, and Bernadette Chungunco of Fairfax, Va., sits third with 818 points.

It’s not too late to qualify for the championships at this year’s Washington International Horse Show. The team at WIHS looks forward to hosting many extraordinary talents from around the nation in 2013 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify.

The official prize list for 2013 Washington International Horse Show is now available online at http://www.wihs.org/prize-list/, featuring some exciting new changes to the schedule and to prize money. Entries close on Sept. 3, 2013.

To find out more, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

About the Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org)
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s only metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists, and their world-class horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many competing all year just to qualify. Highlights include the President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police round out this family-friendly event.

Since its debut, the WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military, and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

 

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