Washington, D.C.--Jan. 27, 2010--The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), the leading year-end championship horse show in the country, is pleased to announce the appointment of Belinda Hyde of Purcellville, Va., to manage sponsorship and advertising sales. The 52rd Washington International Horse Show will take place Oct. 26-31, 2010, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
With all of the different things going on at WIHS, it seems almost impossible to have a dull moment! When you are not showing, you can be browsing the venue’s many boutiques and vendors or watching the amazing classes and exhibitions going on in the ring.
On Friday night, before the Puissance Wall class began, the exhibitors had the privilege of watching the Terrier Races, Caroline Williams’ “Chiffon Act," and Ashley Holzer, from the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team, all perform in the prestigious Verizon Center indoor arena.
It’s been 19 long years since Todd Minikus topped the feature class at the Washington International Horse Show, but he captured another with Callie Seaman’s Alaska on Saturday night in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI-W.
“I won this in 1990, when I was 11 years old, the youngest rider ever to win it,” joked Minikus. “I always enjoy it because of the history behind the class. The President’s Cup is one of the most prestigious grand prix, but any win is a good win.”
Scott Stewart didn’t get to follow his usual routine prepping for this year’s Washington International Horse Show in downtown D.C.
Like last year, Stewart opted to skip the Pennsylvania National in order to give his horses a break during the grueling indoor season. But their planned week turnout and light work at Stewart’s River’s Edge Farm in Flemington, N.J., disappeared when Mother Nature didn’t co-operate.
When McLain Ward gets his heart set on winning a grand prix, he can be pretty tough to beat—especially when he saddles up Sapphire.
So when Ward set his sights on the $100,000 President’s Cup CSI-W at the Washington International Horse Show, he called on his 2008 Olympic partner to help him grab blue tonight, Oct. 25, in downtown Washington D.C.
Kimberly McCormack finished her last Washington International Horse Show in the junior jumpers by claiming the division championship with Sheila Burke’s Jamison today, Oct. 25.
“Floyd” competed internationally on the grand prix circuit with Burke before McCormack took over the ride. The two paired up at the beginning of this year and have been competing in the high junior jumpers ever since.
Whitney Weeks and Subliem had their work cut out for them today, Oct. 24th, as they headed into the jump-off for the amateur-owner jumper classic, the final class of the division. Paige Johnson was leading on La Martinee with the only clear round, and Weeks, Southport, C.T., would have to be fifth or better in order to gain enough points for the championship.
When Meg O’Mara watched the first few horses jump off in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship at the Washington International Horse Show, she realized she had her work cut out for her if she wanted a piece of the prize money. When the first two horses posted quick times and chose a tight inside turn she had initially dismissed as too tight, O’Mara decided to change her plan and go for broke. Her change of heart paid off when she and Raya De La Cour found the tightest track of the day to take the blue today, Oct.
The Mohr sisters stole the show at the Washington International Horse Show last night, Oct. 22, in downtown Washington D.C. Lindsey captured the $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship win on Lion King, and her sister Kristen took top honors in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship with Marvel. The sisters, who hail from Long Valley, N.J., train with Stacia Madden and Krista Freundlich of Beacon Hill Stables.