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Exciting Changes Announced for Washington International Horse Show

August 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

FEI CSI4*-W Rating and USEF Heritage Competition
WIHS Official Prize List Now Available Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – July 22, 2014 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), the country’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show, announces exciting news in advance of its 56th annual event, which will be held October 21-26, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The official WIHS Prize List for the 2014 competition is now available online at www.wihs.org.

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The 2014 WIHS Prize List is available at www.wihs.org!

The Washington International has received a CSI4*-W rating, one of the highest classifications for an international show jumping competition, by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sports. The rating reflects additional prize money for its highest-level show jumping classes, bringing the overall prize money for all divisions to more than half a million dollars.

Conor Swail of Ireland (ranked #33 in the world as of June 30) competed for the first time at WIHS in 2013. As a top international rider, he noted that the increase to a four-star show is important to riders who want to maintain their ranking. He noted, “The ranking points are always very important to us. We want to try and keep in the top 30 in the world. It’s always nice to have a bigger status on the FEI standings.”

WIHS joins an elite group of horse shows in the U.S. with a four-star rating and is one of only a handful of shows designated as a CSI4*-W, a World Cup Qualifier. Points earned in the WIHS $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix count toward eligibility for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, a highly prestigious and competitive championship held each April.

“WIHS is a unique show jumping competition,” said Kent Farrington, winner of last year’s $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI3*-W with Blue Angel. “Being in the city provides incredible atmosphere; it’s great to jump in Verizon Center, and they have great crowds. The additional prize money and FEI World Cup ranking points we get at a four-star event is fantastic.”

Swail agreed, “The coolest thing is that it’s in the center of the city. It’s a beautiful stadium, and everything is so close by. There’s quite nice crowds. It’s quite unusual, unlike any other show I go to. It’s a nice ring to ride in, and the most enjoyable was the costume class.”

Also new this year, FEI horses will be stabled in a dedicated, outdoor tent with larger stalls. “We’re extremely pleased WIHS has made this change in stabling,” said Farrington, a board member of the North American Riders Group. “It makes a big difference knowing that our horses are in a safe, secure environment.”

At its June meeting, the U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors named the Washington International a USEF Heritage Competition, a prestigious designation reserved for long-established shows widely recognized within the sport and with significant involvement in the local community. WIHS joins an impressive list of Heritage shows, including the Devon Horse Show, the Hampton Classic and the National Horse Show.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition. We’re extremely proud of our history and commitment to providing the finest in equestrian sport,” said Victoria Lowell, WIHS President. “We love hosting national and international riders in the nation’s capital and sharing our passion for horses with the local community.”

New for 2014, two cash bonuses will be awarded to riders accumulating the most points in the International Jumper Division. WIHS will present $15,000 to the overall leading international rider, thanks to presenting sponsor The Boeing Company, and a $10,000 bonus, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, to the overall leading rider 25 years of age or under.

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel won last year's $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix.

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel won last year’s $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix.

“We have a great longstanding relationship with The Boeing Company,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “Boeing has helped us build WIHS Military Night on Friday into a powerful program blending exciting competition with recognition of our servicemen and women, and support for our official military charity, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). We’re very pleased Boeing will also sponsor the Leading International Rider bonus this year.”

Swail commented, “The bonus is very nice. If you have a great show, you’re also rewarded a little more than the rest of the riders because you’ve done the best, and your consistency is rewarded.”

The 2014 competition will also feature a new $5,000 leading hunter rider cash bonus, which will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points in the professional hunter divisions. The Young Jumper Championship Incentive Bonus Program, which encourages investment in developing young horses, will return with up to $20,000 at play, thanks to SHF Enterprises.

This year’s members of the Jumper Ground Jury are Ralph Alfano, Wellington, FL, president; Neil O’Connor, Southampton, NY, member; and John Taylor, Mono, Ontario, Canada, foreign member. Hunter and equitation judges are Linda Hough, Wellington, FL; Jimmy Torano, Southwest Ranches, FL, Philip De Vita, Apopka, FL, and Mark Leone (equitation), Franklin Lakes, NJ. Course designers are Kenneth Krome, Westminster, MD (Hunter) and Anthony D’Ambrosio, Red Hook, NY, (Jumper).

The 56th annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 21-26, 2014, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Find out more by downloading the 2014 WIHS Prize List at www.wihs.org. Entries close Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

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 the WIHS Equitation Finals, an important goal for top American 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 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.

The Boeing Company Presents Military Night at the Washington International Horse Show

October 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WASHINGTON – October 21, 2013 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to welcome back Military Night, presented for the first time by The Boeing Company, on Friday Oct. 25. WIHS returns to Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22-27, 2013, for its 55th year of world-class equestrian competition.

The Boeing Company’s sponsorship pays tribute to our military men and women, recognizes achievement among show jumping’s top competitors, and supports partnerships between WIHS and the military community.

“Boeing is committed to the men and women in uniform and their families,” said Tim Keating, senior vice president of government operations at The Boeing Company. “Partnering with organizations like the Washington International Horse Show on activities such as Military Night is one small way that we can give back to our military and their families who make so many sacrifices for our country. We also look forward to seeing the best in equestrian sport.”

 

     Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VD Moleneind, last year's winners of the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.


Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VD Moleneind, last year’s
winners of the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company.
Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

The Armed Forces Cup will be awarded to the winner of the Puissance, the international “high jump” class, sponsored by Boeing. The Puissance will headline the equestrian competition on Friday and is a crowd favorite. Plus, there will be a new 1.50m Table C Faults Converted Speed Final class presented by Sleepy P Ranch.

“The Washington International Horse Show is extremely pleased to welcome back The Boeing Company as a sponsor. We appreciate their ongoing partnership, which helps further our military outreach activities in a meaningful way,” Bridget Love Meehan, executive director of WIHS, said.

The WIHS Armed Forces Program, which began in 2009, has grown to include a special relationship with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) as the WIHS Military Charity Partner and a popular military ticket program. This year, thanks to support from The Boeing Company, Travelers, Fidelity Investments and private donations, more than 2,500 free ticket vouchers will be distributed to area military families.

Since its 1958 debut, WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by countless horse enthusiasts of all ages, as well as presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders. WIHS 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.

    The U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon will give an exhibition on Military Night. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.


The U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon will give an exhibition
on Military Night. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Several special exhibitions will add to the evening’s entertainment, including the return of the horses from the U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon, 3rd Regiment, who serve at Arlington National Cemetery. New this year will be an impressive demonstration by the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, a highly disciplined rifle unit.

Through a cultural partnership with the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Sergeant Reckless Memorial Fund and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, WIHS will honor an equine Marine—Staff Sergeant Reckless, a Korean War veteran, who served valiantly alongside U.S. troops.

In the Acela Club, the Armed Forces Reception will feature the launch of “Healthy Stables by Design” by architect John Blackburn to benefit several local PATH International therapeutic centers (Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Therapeutic Riding and Recreation Center, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding) as well as Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Therapy Program.

To find out more about the 2013 Washington International Horse Show, and to buy tickets, please visit www.wihs.org/tickets, 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.