Qualified Horses and Riders Announced for Washington International Horse Show

Beat Mändli and Dsarie on their way to the win in the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Washington, D.C. – Some of the world’s best horses and riders, including the riders on the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) gold-medal U.S. team, are qualified to compete at the 60th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on October 23-28, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

One of the most thrilling and popular events in North America, WIHS celebrates 60 years of top sport and family-friendly entertainment this year by welcoming some of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians, celebrated hunter riders from all corners of the nation, and rising young stars. The qualifying lists for all divisions, including the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals and WIHS Championship Finals, are now available online.

Coming off a historic gold medal at the WEG just three days ago, U.S. riders Laura Kraut, Devin Ryan, Adrienne Sternlicht, and McLain Ward are scheduled to compete at WIHS after bringing home the first ever WEG team gold for the United States. Additionally, U.S. Olympic medalists including 2018 FEI World Cup Jumping Final champion Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, and Leslie Howard are also qualified.

Seven nations will make up the WIHS international roster, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, and Switzerland. Representing his home country of Switzerland, Beat Mändli will return to the 2018 WIHS to defend his title in the 2017 $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC.

“We are honored to host such decorated riders from around the world at the 60th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show,” said WIHS President Vicki Lowell. “Making this year’s event even more special, we are very excited to welcome the U.S. gold medal-winning WEG team to Washington, D.C. It’s the perfect opportunity for show jumping fans and spectators from the D.C. metropolitan area and beyond to come celebrate, cheer on, and even meet the stars of our sport.”

Riders from across the country compete throughout the year to qualify for WIHS in professional, junior, amateur-owner and pony hunter divisions, as well as high and low junior/amateur-owner and open jumper divisions. WIHS welcomes riders from the West Coast, Texas, the Midwest, and all along the East Coast to compete head-to-head.

Qualifiers will be excited to see their name on the list for the coveted Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, and the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, and $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship.

International Riders qualified to compete at the 2018 WIHS:
As of Tuesday, September 25

  • Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA)
  • Erynn Ballard (CAN)
  • Georgina Bloomberg (USA)
  • Daniel Bluman (ISR)
  • Amanda Derbyshire (GBR)
  • Katie Dinan (USA)
  • Kent Farrington (USA)
  • Tracy Fenney (USA)
  • Leslie Howard (USA)
  • Charlie Jacobs (USA)
  • Quentin Judge (USA)
  • Lillie Keenan (USA)
  • Andrew Kocher (USA)
  • Laura Kraut (USA)
  • Peter Lutz (USA)
  • Beezie Madden (USA)
  • Beat Mändli (SUI)
  • Christine McCrea (USA)
  • Alison Robitaille (USA)
  • Devin Ryan (USA)
  • Adrienne Sternlicht (USA)
  • Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
  • Hardin Towell (USA)
  • Mattias Tromp (USA)
  • Catherine Tyree (USA)
  • Aaron Vale (USA)
  • Kristen Vanderveen (USA)
  • McLain Ward (USA)
  • Rowan Willis (AUS)

For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors, and students, visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

For more information on WIHS, please visit www.wihs.org.

Contact: Jennifer Wood

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