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Barbie And Ken, Taylor And Travis: Jumpers Go All Out For WIHS Costume Class

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Upper Marlboro, Md.—Oct. 26

At the end of October plenty of people take the opportunity to put on a costume, and grand prix riders are no exception. At the Washington International Horse Show, 19 riders put on their scariest—or silliest—outfits, and grooms got in on the fun decorating their mounts for the annual costume class.

While Rene Dittmer went home with the most money—he won both the $75,000 FEI Welcome Stake aboard Corsica and then donned a beer costume to win the $40,000 Accumulator Costume Class aboard Burlington Riverland—the biggest award, that of best costume, went to Matthew Williams (Fayuri Awr) for his interpretation of Taylor Swift.

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Check out photos of all the action.

Will jump for beer: Class winner Rene Dittmer paid homage to his native Germany with his beer costume aboard Burlington Riverland.
Aaron Vale rode a blinged-out unicorn in Elusive to finish second in the class. Mollie Bailey Photos
Switzerland’s Beat Mändli had no problems seeing through his Joker mask to guide Chartraine Pre Noir to sixth.
Brianne Goutal Marteau was The Big Bad Wolf, and she dressed up Viva Colombia as Grandma from the story.
Vampire Conor Swail and Castarano finished third.
Matthew Williams earned best costume honors for his Taylor Swift imitation, buoyed by his mount Fayuri Awr dressing as Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Daniel Bluman went for a Wizard of Oz theme, dressing as the Tin Man while Cachemire De Braize was the Cowardly Lion.
Jack Skellington, aka Darragh Kenny, rode Diva Karef BH.
Devin Ryan and Hangover dressed as a mummy…
…and his groom got in on the ancient Egyptian fun too.
Hallie Grimes took off her wings before competing as a butterfly aboard the aptly-named Margriet De Mariposa.
For Barn Night a few fans got in on the costume fun—like this ISO Unicorn ad.
Alise Oken rode Saratoga while dressed like Jessie from Toy Story.
Crowd favorite Kama Godek got into the Barbie spirit …
… while Jimmy Torano rode Kochio Z as Ken. His job was horse.
Disco Dancer Kaitlin Campbell got into her groove with Castlefield Cornelious.
Katie Dinan, dressed as Wednesday Addams, rode Atika Des Hauts Vents.
Queen of Hearts Margie Engle rode Jackofhearts in the class.
Convict Rowan Willis was apprehended by an actual Park Police officer.
Mr. Potato Head, Shane Sweetnam, rode Otis Blue in the class.
Thaisa Irwin the witch finished fourth with Hialita B.

Find full results here. Catch up with all the news from the Washington International here. Get full analysis from the competition in the Nov. 27 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.

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