Elite Dining and Hospitality Club to Debut at 53rd Annual Washington International Horse Show

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2011 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is offering an elegant new way to experience the most exciting indoor equestrian sporting event in the country, which will be held October 25-30, 2011, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The Fidelity Investments Club, a new VIP dining platform created expressly for the horse show, will offer the best vantage point to watch the top horses and riders in the country, including Olympic veterans, in breathtaking jumping competition.

“Dining facilities close to the action are a mainstay of big European horse shows and we are very proud to bring this concept to the Washington International at Verizon Center here in the nation’s capital,” said Juliet W. Reid, WIHS President.

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, the new hospitality space will be built at the west end of Verizon Center, easily accessible from the arena concourse.

“We are very pleased to welcome Fidelity Investments as the title sponsor of this elegant VIP dining facility,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “The Fidelity Investments Club will be the perfect place to enjoy the show and entertain business associates, clients, family and friends.”

“After scouting all possible locations at Verizon Center to create something new and very special for sponsors and friends to enjoy the show, we selected a position near the in-gate, where patrons of the Fidelity Investments Club will have a unique view of the horses and riders as they enter and exit the ring, and get a real sense of the size and scope of the jumps,” added Meehan.

Guests at the Fidelity Investments Club, an intimate dining area with 16 tables of eight, will have full access on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Fidelity is pleased to support the Washington International Horse Show in this new and exciting venture and we look forward to a successful event in October,” said Steven Niehoff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Fidelity Investments.

The Washington International will continue to offer dining at the popular Acela Club, located at the skybox level overlooking the arena. Both locations will offer buffet dining and a full open bar. Acela Club will also host several social events, including the President’s Cup Party and Brunch at the Barn.

Subscribing to either of these dining programs puts you center stage at one of the world’s premier equestrian events, offering the best experience surrounded by top-notch amenities and VIP hospitality. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to make a reservation, contact Bridget Love Meehan at 202-525-3679 or info@wihs.org.

About the Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org)
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation’s capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup Qualifier, where top competitors, including Olympic medalists, vie for the President of the United States Perpetual Cup; the Puissance high jump competition; and WIHS Equitation Championship 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, D.C., 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.

About Fidelity Investments (www.fidelity.com)
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of more than $3.6 trillion, including managed assets of more than $1.6 trillion, as of June 30, 2011.  Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms.

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