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Washington International Horse Show’s President’s Cup Grand Prix

October 23, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Washington, D.C. – October  22, 2012 – Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is excited to announce  that the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W will be aired on NBC  Sports Network on Sunday, October 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST. The coverage  will show competition from one of the most competitive grand prix events in  North America and will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network, home of  coverage as wide ranging as the Olympics, Major League Soccer and IndyCar racing  to name a few.

The  $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup Qualifier, will be held at Verizon Center  in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 27, and will be  broadcast on Sunday afternoon.

WIHS  President Juliet  W. Reid stated, “It is a fantastic indoor  equestrian event in the heart of the nation’s capital, and with the  President’s Cup Grand Prix, has the prestige and history of more than five  decades. We are proud to work with NBC Sports Network, which has a heritage  of broadcasting the Olympic Games and top equestrian sport. To be able to see  a grand prix competition in 75 million homes just one day after it happens is  thrilling and unprecedented.”

Carr-Hughes  Productions will bring the great sport of show jumping into the homes of millions  along with highlights from the Washington,   D.C. event and the history of  the horse show. With NBC on-air talent Kenny Rice and Melanie Smith-Taylor,  the broadcast is essentially a live production. “This represents a very rare  opportunity for show jumping,” said Bob Hughes. “Not only  will the President’s Cup Grand Prix be on a national network, but the quick  turnaround lets people see the event in less than 24 hours from it  happening.”

With  competition held in Washington D.C.’s state-of-the-art sports venue Verizon Center,  the NBC Sports Network production will be able to capture the intimate,  exciting environment that is indoor show jumping.

Hughes  agreed, “Setting is very important, and this venue helps make it great. There  will be a sports arena feel that is more akin to the experience of watching  other major sports.”

“We  want to make show jumping visible to a broader audience,” said Bridget Love Meehan,  Executive Director of WIHS. “WIHS is the event in which to do that. No other  show jumping event in the United    States has this timely and visible  presence on television. We have the team that can set a new standard, from  the highest level equestrian competition, to the best production company to  document and produce a high-quality show for a national TV sports audience.  With those pieces in place, our goal of reaching new fans becomes more  attainable. We think this sets WIHS apart as the premier international show  jumping event in our country.”

To  buy your ticket for the President’s Cup Grand Prix at Washington  International Horse Show and be a part of show jumping history, please visit

Tune  in at 3:30 p.m. EST on the NBC Sports Network to watch the President’s Cup  Grand Prix at Washington International Horse Show. Click  here to find NBC Sports Network in your area.

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 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  $100,000 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.

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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