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Crenshaw and Maggiore Win $10k WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

Kathryn Crenshaw and Chapman. Photos copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Washington, D.C. – The 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) began on Tuesday, October 25, with hunter competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The day featured professional and amateur hunters competing in the first classes of their divisions, as well as year-end championships for child and adult hunter competitors. WIHS features six days of competition through Sunday, October 30, showcasing the best of the hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines. The entire competition at WIHS is live streamed, so don’t miss a minute – go to www.wihs.org to watch!

Tuesday’s highlights included the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship. Thirty-one entries showed over a first-round course set by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, IN and the top 12 returned for a second round to determine final results. Kathryn Crenshaw and her own Chapman took the win with scores of 86 and 87 for a 173-point total. Cece Siegfried and her own Finally Found earned scores of 87 and 84 to finish second with a total of 171. Trinity Hammerschmidt and ES Equine Broker LLC’s Spirit scored 170 with a pair of 85-point rounds to finish third. Nicole Dorwart and Lori Dorwart’s Rittani earned the high score of 88 in round one and scored an 81 in round two to finish fourth on 169 points overall.

For the win, Crenshaw and Chapman were presented the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen. Crenshaw, a 17-year-old high school senior from York, PA, trains with Chris Gemmill at Woodberry Farm. Her mount is a six-year-old Warmblood gelding (by Contenaro) that she purchased in June 2015.

“This is my first year on Chapman. He is six years old, so he is a baby,” Crenshaw noted. “Winning this is amazing; I can’t even express it. This was my goal for the year. I really wanted to go to this horse show, and just getting here was an honor, much less winning.”

Starting a five-year-old was a big challenge to take on for a young rider, but with the help of her trainer, along with Woodberry Farm’s professional rider Jennifer Marshall, Crenshaw has developed a great young horse.

“I tried a few horses before him, and when I got on, I knew immediately that he was the one,” she stated. “He has grown up so much since he has been in a program. I lesson twice a week with my trainer and he gets a professional ride once a week. The whole journey has been amazing. He walked in here today never even being in that ring before, and he was perfect. I could not ask for anything else.”

Describing Chapman, Crenshaw detailed, “I think he loves this job. He always goes around with his ears up and he is very sweet. He is smooth, point and shoot, but he is also very young. I have to be very direct and set him up for his lead changes. He is really fun to ride; I love him so much. He has been a once in a lifetime horse and I would not take anything for granted.”

Crenshaw and Chapman showed at Zone 2 Hunter Finals last week and competed in the NAL Children’s Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for an eighth place finish the week before. After a wonderful year together, Crenshaw will give Chapman a break before heading into her last year showing as a junior. She plans to head off to college next fall and is not sure what the future holds for her young mount, but hopes that they can continue to compete together.

Third Time Is the Charm for Contina and Jacquelyn Maggiore

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship concluded day one at the 2016 WIHS with 31 entries showing over the first-round course and the top 12 returning. The win went to Jacquelyn Maggiore of Boston, MA riding her own Contina. Maggiore and the 13-year-old Westphalian mare (by Contini) earned scores of 84 and 82 for the win with a 166-point total. Kendall Meijer and Copper Fox LLC’s Moonwalk finished second with a two-round total of 157.50 (76.5 and 81). Taylor Martinz placed third with scores of 80 and 77 riding Freedom’s Clover, and Dana Nifosi earned scores of 74 and 79 to finish fourth aboard her own Knob Creek.

Contina and Jacquelyn Maggiore
Contina and Jacquelyn Maggiore

Maggiore has ridden the winning mare, Contina, for six years and made her third trip into the arena at Verizon Center this year for their first victory at WIHS. They finished second their first year in the championship, placed third last year, and Maggiore was determined to come back and get the win in 2016. She trains with Greg Prince and Cookie DeSimone of Woodbridge Farm in Sherborn, MA and also works full-time in her family’s real estate development business.

Speaking of Contina, Maggiore stated, “There is just no horse like her. She is my soul mate. I have never been successful on another horse and I have ridden my whole life. She is just a super amazing horse and we have a great bond.

“This is our first final we have ever won, so it is very exciting,” Maggiore continued. “It is the most exciting horse show. I love the entire environment and she thrives in this type of environment because she doesn’t need to go in the ring before. We didn’t bring her over until an hour before the class. She is a very special horse and I am a lucky girl.”

Maggiore worked all day and flew into Washington, D.C. from Boston just hours before the competition.

“I took a flight tonight from Boston, landed here at 6 o’clock, grabbed an Uber from the airport and hopped on the horse right before the class,” she laughed. “It was a little bit of a chaotic day, but it paid off.”

WIHS concluded Maggiore and Contina’s 2016 show season. The mare will have a rest until they travel to Ocala, FL to compete for the winter.

Also showing on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Scott Stewart and David Gochman’s Catch Me for their high score of 90 as the best Green Working Hunter round of the day in the Second Year division. The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round was presented to Nick Haness and Lindsay Maxwell’s Technicolor for their high score of 92 in their First Year class.

The 58th annual Washington International Horse Show continues on Wednesday with championships for the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions, as well as the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, presented by The Klein Family & Lance Williamson Stables, during the day. The evening session, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship, presented by The Treacy Family, as well as the $10,000 International Jumper speed class. For full results, please visit www.wihs.org.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com
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Washington International Horse Show Announces First Responders Ticket Program

WIHS Junior Committee members host Breakfast with the Mounted Police each October during show week. Photo © Jump Media.

Washington, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious equestrian sporting events in North America, announces the launch of its First Responders Ticket Program, an initiative created to thank first responders in the nation’s capital.

In its inaugural year, the WIHS First Responders Ticket Program, presented by AT&T, will honor local Fire, EMS, Police and other first responders, offering them a complimentary night with their families at the Washington International Horse Show and special recognition throughout the 6-day event, which stages from October 25-30, 2016 at Verizon Center.

WIHS’ relationship with first responders is most visible with its annual Mounted Police Breakfast, a long-honored and fan-favorite tradition. The breakfast, which honors Washington D.C.’s Mounted Police force units across the region, takes place in front of Hotel Monaco, formerly a 19th century post office whose 8th Street restaurant entrance was once a carriageway passage for horses and buggies. An outdoor buffet — including one for horses — will be offered at Hotel Monaco on Wednesday, October 26 from 8AM – 10AM.

WIHS Junior Committee members host Breakfast with the Mounted Police each October during show week.

The WIHS First Responders Ticket Program complements the popular WIHS Military Ticket Program presented by Fidelity Investments, which has provided over 21,500 tickets to military families since its inception and culminates at WIHS Military Night on Friday, October 28 from 7PM – 10:30PM. The events, competition and exhibitions on this evening are about speed and power as the WIHS honors the U.S. Armed Forces. Events include the $50,000 GE Speed Final, a high-test race over a challenging course with jumps close to five feet, the thrilling Puissance high jump competition, presented by The Boeing Company, and the Jump for TAPS program raising funds and awareness for WIHS military partner, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

WIHS is pleased to welcome inaugural ticket distribution partners Chinatown DCFD-Engine 2, Penn Quarter Fire, Police and EMS employees, DC Police Union and District of Columbia Nurses Association to the program and is currently seeking additional interested organizations. For more information, please contact WIHS at 202-525-3679 or info@wihs.org.

Tickets for the general public are available at Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show runs Tuesday, October 25th through Sunday, October 30th with day and evening performances except Sunday (daytime only). Daytime tickets (general admission only) are $15 (plus applicable service charge) with children 12 and under admitted free. For evening performances, VIP, reserved and general admission tickets are available starting as low as $20. For group discounts, contact Verizon Center Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, please visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

Special entertainment designed for children includes WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, featuring contests, scavenger hunts and the entertaining $35,000 Accumulator Top Score Costume Show (Friday, October 28th), and WIHS Kids’ Day, presented by Animal Planet and Equus Foundation, a popular street festival with free, fun and educational horse-based activities for the local D.C. community (Saturday, October 29th). Highlighted events support community organizations and charities providing services including military family support.

About WIHS, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

Star-Studded Lineup Brings High Octane Fun to Washington International Horse Show

The ponies and jockeys have been training all season to be ready to race at WIHS! Photos © Alden Corrigan Media.

Olympic Team Medalists, Guy McLean, Shetland Pony Steeplechase Races, Terrier Races, Dally and Spanky, and Much More

Washington, D.C. – The 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is quickly approaching, and the lineup of exhibitions for this year’s event promises to be one of the best yet!

Featuring members of the U. S. Olympic silver medal show jumping team fresh from Rio, and many of the nation’s best horses and riders, WIHS is the pinnacle of the show season for many equestrians. Along with important year-end competition, the event also features entertaining performances from multi-discipline equine stars. The 58th annual Washington International Horse Show runs October 25-30, 2016, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

“Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are especially hot at WIHS, with thrilling competition and the best in equestrian entertainment. This year crowd favorites return like the Shetland Pony Steeplechase, and two of the internet’s most talented stars, Dally and Spanky, are making the long trip from Spokane, Washington to celebrate horses in the capital city!” said WIHS President Vicki Lowell.

WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Races

Thursday, October 27, and Saturday, October 29, will feature the popular WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Races presented by Charles Owen and U.S. Pony Racing.

Introduced in 2013, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, dubbed “D.C.’s newest — and cutest — sport” by the Washington Post, are run like professional racing events with a bugler, race caller and photo finish, but in miniature. The jockeys are youngsters from ages eight to 13 mounted on traditional Shetland Ponies racing over a course of mini-hurdles.

Dally and Spanky

Special performances by Dally and Spanky will be held on Thursday, along with additional performances on Friday and Saturday nights at this year’s WIHS. Dally is a Jack Russell terrier and Spanky – her best friend – is a rescue miniature horse. They are internet sensations with more than five million views on YouTube and seven million on Facebook, and have appeared on the David Letterman Show, won the Hot Dog award at the World Dog Awards in Hollywood, and appeared on the National Geographic Channel. This dynamic duo will make its first appearance at WIHS to the thrill of fans big and small!

Jessica Springsteen goes Western to ride the barrels for Navy
Jessica Springsteen goes Western to ride the barrels for Navy

Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing

Friday night, October 28, is Military Night at WIHS and the fun Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing Exhibition presented by Washington Area Chevy Dealers, will be a highlight of the evening featuring teams of professional Barrel Racers, top show jumpers, plus Army and Navy representatives competing together.

Horsemanship Master Guy McLean

Renowned Australian horsemanship master Guy McLean is scheduled to perform his one-of-a-kind demonstrations on Friday evening, bringing his unbelievable horsemanship and showmanship to WIHS. McLean works as an equine performer traveling internationally with his well-known horses.

The power of McLean’s performances hinge on the deeply personal and loving relationships he forms with his horses. All of his performances, as well as his horsemanship methods, are self-taught and are of an unprecedented depth. McLean believes that the best tools in horsemanship are “Knowledge, Compassion, Patience, and Imagination,” and these principles have led him to numerous awards and honors.

Terrier Races, and more!

The WIHS Mounted Color Guard, represented by the Maryland National Capital Park Police, the U.S. Park Police and the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police, will open the show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Friday night will also feature a performance from the U.S. Army’s Brass Quintet.

Back by popular demand on Saturday, October 29, the Jack Russell Terrier Races, presented by Nutro, will be held during President’s Cup Night at WIHS! This fan favorite thrills the WIHS crowd as Jack Russell Terriers soar through the air in pursuit of that elusive foxtail. Jumping tiny hurdles, these cute, energetic, and spirited pups bring great laughter and applause from the enthusiastic WIHS crowd, while putting a smile on everyone’s face.

Schedule of Special Exhibitions at WIHS 2016:

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Barn Night
* WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Races
* Dally and Spanky

Friday, October 28, 2016: Military Night
* Army vs. Navy Barrel Racing Exhibition
* Guy McLean
* U.S. Army’s Brass Quintet
* Dally and Spanky

Saturday, October 29, 2016: President’s Cup Night
* WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Races
* Jack Russell Terrier Races
* Dally and Spanky

WIHS tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Verizon Center Box Office. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more through Verizon Center Group Sales. Call 202-661-5061 for details.

About WIHS, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

 

USET Foundation Named Beneficiary of Washington Int’l Horse Show President’s Cup Party

Gladstone, N.J. – Sept. 27, 2016 – The capital of the United States will once again be filled with more than 500 of the world’s top horses and riders vying for half a million dollars in prize money as the 58th installment of the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) gets underway Oct. 25-30. The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is honored to once again be the beneficiary of the President’s Cup Party at the WIHS on Saturday.

The highlight event of the week will be the prestigious and highly-anticipated $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President’s Cup on Saturday evening, Oct. 29. During Saturday’s world-class show jumping competition will also be the President’s Cup Party at 7 p.m. in the Acela Club on the Sky Box level of the Verizon Center.

WIHS invites guests to wear their best equestrian chic and join Washington D.C.’s elite business, diplomatic and community leaders, as well as a number of 2016 Rio Olympic equestrian athletes, for a night of socializing, sophistication and show jumping to benefit the USET Foundation.

The USET Foundation is a vital part of equestrian sport in the United States. For more than 65 years, equestrian athletes have represented the United States in international competition, bringing home medals that have clearly established the United States as among the world’s equestrian elite. However, the costs of fielding international teams are enormous. Training, coaching and transporting of human and equine athletes around the world in order to compete against the sport’s best athletes is made possible thanks to contributions made to the USET Foundation.

Tickets to the President’s Cup Party include dinner and an open bar and provide a wonderful vantage point for watching the action in the ring – combining the excitement of top-level equestrian sport with exemplary hospitality.

The USET Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international and high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

To purchase tickets for the WIHS President’s Cup Party, click here. For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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Prize List for 2016 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship Now Available Online

Devan Graham and Sandro Sky, winners of the 2015 MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals. © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Top Local Show Offers Chance to Qualify for WIHS at Verizon Center

Washington, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce the prize list is now available online for the 2016 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, which will be held Oct. 21-23 at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.

A popular stop on the local horse show circuit, the WIHS Regional competition offers riders an enjoyable showing experience and the opportunity to qualify to compete at Verizon Center in the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, on Oct. 30, as well as qualification for the WIHS Championship Finals for Children’s and Adult Hunters and Jumpers on Oct. 25 and 26.

> Link to WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship Prize List

“I’ve always treasured my time with horses,” said Sue van der Linden of The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, a longtime supporter of the WIHS Regional Horse Show and presenting sponsor of this year’s event. “This is a great opportunity to encourage others to make the most of their rides, too. Best of luck and congratulations to our horses and riders, and a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the parents, spouses, coaches, and friends who support us in our equestrian dreams.”

The WIHS Regional Horse Show is proud to host the USHJA Zone 3 Championship again this year on Sunday, Oct. 23. Approximately the top 18 horses in each division, based on total USHJA points, will be invited, with additional horses to be invited if invitations are not accepted.

“We are excited to welcome The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley as our presenting sponsor and look forward to another terrific weekend of competition and fun for locally based riders and their families,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director.

This year’s highlights include:

  • The MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals featured on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
  • New equitation classes: NCEA 3’3” Junior Hunt Seat Medal and USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal
  • The fifth annual Laura Pickett Trophy for Excellence in Horsemanship, presented by Victoria Lowell
  • Ice Cream Social on Friday night and Pizza Party on Saturday afternoon for all exhibitors
  • Grand Championships awarded for Children’s and Adult Hunter and Children’s Hunter Ponies
  • Watch the qualifying event for the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Finals, presented by Charles Owen, on Friday evening.

Entries will be accepted electronically through www.HorseShowing.com.

About WIHS, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

WIHS Tickets Now on Sale at Ticketmaster.com

Harrie Smolders and Emerald, winners of the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington. Shawn McMillen Photography.

Washington International Horse Show Returns to Verizon Center October 25-30

WASHINGTON – Tickets are now on sale for the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America, which will take place Oct. 25-30 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

More than 500 of the best horses and riders in the world, including Olympic veterans, will arrive in the nation’s capital for six days of world-class international show jumping and top national hunter and equitation competition plus entertaining exhibitions, boutique shopping and community and charity events.

Tickets now on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Excitement is building for Saturday night’s $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, where the winning rider will be presented with the show’s most prestigious prize, the President of the United States Perpetual Cup, a trophy given to the show in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Other popular events include the $25,000 Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company, a thrilling high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) and the prestigious WIHS Equitation Finals for the country’s top junior riders (Saturday).

Special events designed for children include WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery and Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, with contests, a scavenger hunt and the entertaining Top Score Costume Class, where riders jump in costume (Thursday), and WIHS Kids’ Day, the popular street festival with free, fun and educational horse-based activities for the local D.C. community (Saturday).

Not to be missed are this year’s entertaining exhibitions, including the adorable WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, presented by Charles Owen (Thursday and Saturday nights), with junior jockeys in the saddle racing the cutest Shetland Ponies to the enjoyment of spectators of all ages.

Highlighted events support community organizations and charities including TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the WIHS Official Military charity, the Capital Breast Care Center at Georgetown Hospital and the U. S. Equestrian Team Foundation.

Tickets are available at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show runs Tuesday through Sunday with day and evening performances except Sunday (daytime only). Daytime tickets (general admission only) are $15 (plus applicable service charge) with children 12 and under admitted free. For evening performances, VIP, reserved and general admission tickets are available starting as low as $20. For group discounts, contact Verizon Center Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

For event details, visit WIHS Event Schedule.

About WIHS, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

Qualifying Heats Up for the 2016 WIHS Championships and WIHS Equitation Finals

Phoebe Alwine with Zenith Dance. Photo by Lindsay Brock/Jump Media.

Washington, D.C. – As the 2016 horse show season continues, many of the nation’s top horses and riders are competing to earn qualification for this year’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships and WIHS Equitation Finals. There is still plenty of time to qualify at horse shows around the country. The qualifying period for this year’s championships ends August 31.

The Finals will be held October 25-30 at the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The WIHS offers popular year-end championships for junior and pony equitation riders as well as adult and children’s hunter and jumper competitors.

Horses and riders compete all year in order to qualify for the WIHS Championship Finals, including the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship, WIHS Equitation Finals, and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.

Although you do not have to be a WIHS member to compete in the qualifying classes, competitors must be WIHS members in order for their points to count towards the finals. Sign up today at www.wihs.org/membership to become a WIHS member and start earning points for qualification.

There has been a lot of activity in the standings over the last few months. As qualifying competition continues, we congratulate the leaders in WIHS standings as of June 3, 2016. For complete standings visit www.wihs.org/wihs-rankings.

WIHS Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships

In the Children’s Jumper division, Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, Fla. is well on her way to qualifying for the championship with 4,011 points aboard Zenith Dance. Taje Lynn Warrick of Davie, Fla. holds 3,902 points with Dersey for second place. Anna Claire Smith of Atlanta, Ga. and Bilbo Baggins are currently third with 2,555 points.

The Adult Jumpers are also earning points to qualify for their championship finals in October. Olivia Lawton of Burr Ridge, Ill. has 6,810 points to lead the division with Cassandra Dreams. Dean Dignelli of Katonah, N.Y. sits second with 3,482 points aboard Redefin. Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, Fla. has 3,024 points with Bonapart to stand third.

WIHS Equitation and WIHS Pony Equitation

Emma Kurtz of Hudson, Ohio currently leads the WIHS Equitation East Coast standings with 3,396 points. Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, N.Y. is second with 3,170 points, and Sophie Michaels of Deerfield, Mass. is third with 2,804 points.

Hunter Holloway. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.
Hunter Holloway. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

The top rider in the WIHS Equitation West Coast standings is Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan. with 3,120 points. Sydney Hutchins of Westlake Village, Calif. is second with 2,930 points, and Ransome Rombauer of St. Helena, Calif. is third with 1,811 points.

In the WIHS Pony Equitation standings, Jordan Cobb of Austin, Texas is leading with 1,441 points. Anna Robson of Dallas, Texas is second with 692 points, and Libbie Gordon of Stateville, N.C. is third with 658 points.

WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

In the Children’s Hunter Championship, Costar and Helen Lohr of Warrenton, Va. have the lead with 1,208 points. Face Value and Andrew Elhindi of Willoughby Hills, Ohio have 1,100 points for second place, and Chapman and Kathryn Crenshaw of York, Pa. are third with 977.5 points.

Carrera and Melanie Jeanes of Dallas, Texas currently lead the Adult Hunter Championship standings with 1,733 points. Benvolio and Mary Grossman of Burlington, Wis. are second with 1,214 points, and Glyndon and Patricia Schindler of Reisterstown, Md. sit third with 1,152 points.

Don’t miss the chance to qualify for the WIHS Championships. WIHS looks forward to hosting the best horses and riders from around the nation in 2016 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify.

For more information or to sign up to earn points for the WIHS Championship Finals, visit www.wihs.org/membership.

Lauren Fisher
Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

Washington International Horse Show Announces 2016 Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee

Katherine McCoy. Photo ©WIHS.

Future Leaders Bring Passion and Commitment to WIHS and the Local Community

WASHINGTON –The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious equestrian sport and entertainment events in North America, is pleased to announce Katherine F. McCoy, 16, of Arlington, Va., as the 2016 Youth Ambassador, and to welcome 24 local teens attending schools in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. to serve on the 2016 WIHS Junior Committee.

“Now in its eighth year, the WIHS Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador Program represent the heart of the show,” said WIHS President Vicki Lowell. “These hardworking teens are passionate about horse sports and that’s what brings them to us, but they’re also actively involved in giving back to the local community throughout the year. We’d like to congratulate and thank each one of them for their commitment to this special event and their support of the local community.”

As WIHS Youth Ambassador, McCoy will serve as the organization’s youth spokesperson and chair the WIHS Junior Committee, which initiates and works on volunteer activities, horse-related youth programs and community-focused educational events, like WIHS Kids’ Day, Barn Night, Military Night and Breakfast with the Mounted Police. The first group project is a volunteer day at the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, a WIHS Charity Alliance partner, later this month.

“We have a great group of students joining us this year with an astonishing breadth of accomplishments, interests and dedication to service,” said WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan. “We’re very fortunate to have these future leaders help produce our one-of-a-kind horse show in the city and bring fresh ideas and energy to our community events.”

McCoy is a rising senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, where she developed an interest in photography leading to recognition this year as a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key Recipient for Digital Art Photography. She is a volunteer at The Institute Farm in Aldie, Va., a hunting preserve for beagle and basset packs owned by the National Beagle Club, where she prepares meals for work weekends and has progressed to managing kitchen logistics. In addition she is a junior steward at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show.

As a fifth generation rider, McCoy says horses are in her blood. She competes in equitation, hunter and jumper classes at rated and local shows in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and made her first trip to the winter circuit in Ocala, Fla., this year. She trains with Adrian Ford at Big Easy Farm in Boyds, Md. In 2013 she rode at WIHS and looks forward to qualifying again.

“WIHS is one of the most prestigious and unique horse shows in the world,” said McCoy. “The girls and boys that make up the Junior Committee bring their creativity, teamwork and energy to develop new ideas on how to spread the word about the show and how to keep it interesting for the younger audience. They are the future leaders of WIHS.”

Members of the 2016 WIHS Junior Committee:

  • Jocelyn (Jacey) Albaugh, 16, McLean, Va., The Madeira School
  • Madison Allen, 15, Alexandria, Va., Hayfield Secondary School
  • Hayley Antonelli, 15, Bethesda, Md., K12 International Academy
  • Ana Bertozzi, 15, Leesburg, Md., Stone Hill Middle School
  • Thea Bitar, 14, McLean, Va., The Langley School
  • Emma Bishop, Washington, D.C., The Madeira School
  • Charlotte Burch, 16, Raleigh, N.C., The Madeira School
  • Lauren Dean, 15, Great Falls, Va., Flint Hill School
  • Bailey Doloff, 17, Sykesville, Md.,Glenelg Country School
  • Adam Edgar, 16, Leesburg, Va., Loudon County High School
  • Cari Farmer, 15, Arlington, Va.,HB Woodlawn
  • Erin Gill, 14, Reston, Va., Langston Hughes Middle School
  • Grace Hetherington, 14, Great Falls, Va., Cooper Middle School
  • Ciara (Cici) Jackson, 16, Chantilly, Va., Foxcroft School
  • Olivia McCarren, 15, Chevy Chase, Md., Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
  • Katherine (Katie) McCoy, 16, Arlington, Va., 2016 WIHS Youth Ambassador, Yorktown High School
  • Madeline McManus, 16, Glyndon, Md., McDonogh School
  • Elizabeth Parent, 17, Leesburg, Va., McDonogh School
  • Holden Rafey, 16, Bethesda, Md., Walter Johnson High School
  • Jenny Searles, 17, Gaithersburg, Md., Home Schooled
  • Jennifer Taylor, 15, Odenton, Md., Mount De Sales Academy
  • Louise Whitner, 14, Middleburg, Va., Hill School
  • Kendall Ann Youngblood, 15, Great Falls, Va., Langley High School
  • Jenna Zimmerman, 15, Great Falls, Va., Langley High School

The WIHS Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador Program was created in 2009. Members are selected through an application process that begins in March. For more information, visit WIHS Youth Ambassador & Junior Committee Program.

The 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 25-30, 2016, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit wihs.org.

To learn more about the WIHS Junior Committee, or to set up an interview, contact:
Jennifer Wood, Jump Media
jennifer@jumpmediallc.com

About Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, the President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Lauren Fisher
Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series Announces 2016 Dates

WIHS #PonyPower Kicks Off in May at the Devon Horse Show

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show’s wildly popular Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, will be held in May and October 2016, commencing Memorial Day weekend at the Devon Horse Show.  The high octane sport features junior jockeys in the saddle racing the cutest, fluffiest Shetland Ponies to the enjoyment of spectators of all ages.

The first stop in the series is the historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, Pa., on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, and it concludes in the fall with the finals at the Washington International Horse Show on WIHS Barn Night, Thursday, October 27, and Grand Prix Night, Saturday, October 29, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Introduced in 2013, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, dubbed “D.C.’s newest — and cutest — sport” by the Washington Post, are run like professional racing events with a bugler, race caller and photo finish, but in miniature. The jockeys are youngsters from ages seven to 14 mounted on traditional Shetland Ponies racing over a course of mini-hurdles.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response to the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Series from our fans,” said WIHS President Victoria Lowell. “Not only is it really exciting to watch, pony racing is also a great way for kids to get into equestrian sports. Not too many people know that Kent Farrington, currently ranked #6 in the world in show jumping and a frequent competitor at Washington, used to race ponies.”

For those unable to attend in person, the races at Devon and Verizon Center will be streamed live by USEF Network at usefnetwork.com, and archived on WIHS.org. Fans can also follow WIHS on Periscope (@WIHS) for exclusive behind-the-scenes and live race action.

An exciting social media contest will have race fans studying the race card for each pony’s winning form. The #PonyPower Prize Sweepstakes will take place May 29 and 30 in conjunction with the races at Devon. Fans can enter to win a Swag Bag of official WIHS merchandise including VIP tickets to the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show, October 25-30 at Verizon Center.

Well-established in the United Kingdom, pony racing is growing in popularity in the U.S., thanks in part to Maryland-based U.S. Pony Racing, LLC (USPR), organizer of the WIHS exhibition series, which runs flat and jumping pony races at events throughout the region, including at Pimlico.

“Our partners at USPR work closely with the children and ponies to ensure they are fully prepared for a safe, fun, and exciting race day,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “We love including sports across equestrian disciplines at WIHS, especially those like pony racing that are such fun to watch.”

Ongoing sponsor Charles Owen is no newcomer to pony racing. The Wrexham-based helmet maker has been a significant supporter of pony racing in the U.K. since 2005.

“Charles Owen is delighted to continue its support of the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series,” said Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen. “With our long association with pony racing in the U.K., we’re especially excited to be a part of its growth in the U.S. The WIHS Series at Devon and Washington offer an ideal showcase and we encourage everyone to come out and experience it.”

The 58th annual Washington International Horse Show will take place October 25-30, 2016, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  For the show schedule, tickets, hospitality and more, please visit wihs.org.

For more information on the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Series, visit http://www.wihs.org/shetland-pony-steeplechase.

About Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, the President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Lauren Fisher
Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

WIHS Equitation and Children’s and Adult Championship Qualifiers Gain Momentum Early in 2016

Sophie Michaels of Deefield, Mass. is currently leading the 2016 WIHS Equitation East Coast standings trained by Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm. Photo by Michael Dignelli.

WASHINGTON – The qualifying period for the 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation and Children’s and Adult Championships is currently underway, and riders are earning points early in the season competing in winter circuits around the country. The Finals will be held Oct. 25-30 at the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Qualifying events for the popular equestrian series are held at more than 650 horse shows in North America. Riders earning the most points throughout the year are eligible to compete in the WIHS Championship Finals, which include the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship, WIHS Equitation Finals, and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.

With six months remaining in the qualifying period, which ends Aug. 31, there is still ample time to qualify for the Finals. Riders must be active WIHS members in order for points to count towards the Finals.

> Sign up today at www.wihs.org/membership.

Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm, Katonah, N.Y., is training a number of hunter, jumper and equitation riders as they seek to qualify for the WIHS Finals, including current east coast equitation leader Sophie Michaels of Deerfield, Mass. Dignelli has had several top riders win the WIHS Equitation Finals over the years, including Kent Farrington, currently ranked the #3 show jumper in the world, Addison Phillips, Samantha Schaefer, Lillie Keenan and Victoria Colvin, last year’s winner.

“I think it is a special class because it happens in a major city, which gives it a special atmosphere,” said Dignelli about the WIHS Equitation Final. “It has become quite difficult to qualify, which also adds to the atmosphere. It highlights a rider’s ability to ride a hunter and a jumper, and that diversity is important.”

As the season continues, we congratulate all of the top competitors in the WIHS standings as of March 11:

WIHS Equitation and WIHS Pony Equitation

Sophie Michaels of Deerfield, Mass. currently leads the WIHS Equitation East Coast standings with 1,748 points. Annabel Revers of Weston, Mass. is second with 1,728 points, and Mckayla Langmeier of East Granby, Conn. is third with 1,604 points.

The top rider in the West Coast standings is Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan. with 2,744 points. Sydney Hutchins of Westlake Village, Calif. is second with 1,420 points, and Ransome Rombauer of St. Helena, Calif. is third with 944 points.

In the WIHS Pony Equitation standings, Jordan Cobb of Austin, Texas is leading with 1,014 points. Tessa Downey of Houston, Texas is second with 449 points, and Anna Robson of Dallas, Texas is third with 446 points.

WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

In the Children’s Hunter Championship, Costar and Helen Lohr of Warrenton, Va. have the lead with 854 points. Norway de la Fosse and Indya Vankirk of Watkinsville, Ga. have 700 points for second place, and Finally Found and CeCe Siegfried of Tulsa, Okla. are third with 650 points.

Frontman and Charlotte Williams of Fulton, Md. currently lead the Adult Hunter Championship standings with 898 points. Overseas and Mindy Wurzburg of Memphis, Tenn. are second with 766 points, and Benvolio and Mary Grossman of Burlington, Wis. sit third with 666 points.

WIHS Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships

In the Children’s Jumper division, Mimi Gochman of Palm Beach, Fla. and Windelinde are well on their way to qualifying for the championship with 1,485 points. Anna Claire Smith of Atlanta, Ga. and Bilbo Baggins hold 1,407 points for second place. Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, Fla. and Zenith Dance are currently third with 1,323 points.

The Adult Jumpers are also earning points to qualify for their championship finals in October. Bonapart and Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, Fla. have 2,320 points to lead the division. Bonitha and Sarah Gordon of Stamford, Conn. sit second with 2,091 points, and Feu d’Amour and Mary Kate Olsen of New York, N.Y. have 2,032 points for third.

Don’t miss the chance to qualify for the WIHS Championships. WIHS looks forward to hosting the best horses and riders from around the nation in 2016 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify.

> For more information or to sign up to earn points for the WIHS Championship Finals, visit www.wihs.org/membership.

About Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in the U.S. More than 26,000 spectators attend 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. Highlights include $125,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington, the President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) 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 currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Lauren Fisher
Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com