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Behind The Scenes At The 2018 Washington International Horse Show



Washington, D.C.—Oct. 29

The Washington International Horse Show celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, bringing crowds to the Capital One Arena, Oct. 23-28, to watch some of the best hunters and jumpers compete.

Performances such as Beezie Madden winning the$135,000 Longines FEI World Cup qualifier and Elli Yeager taking home the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals title, enchanted spectators, but the show’s unique home on the corner of 6th Street and F Street means there’s plenty to see beyond the stands. Here’s a look behind the scenes at the 2018 WIHS.



Archie Cox and company stand by at the in-gate under the WIHS banner. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.


The experts at Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. navigated the city traffic to deliver the equine athletes safely to the Capital One Arena. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.


Is it really a horse show without a corgi? Photo by Kieran Paulsen.


Some of the stabling was on the street, so passersby could catch glimpses of the horses. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.


Jorge Hidalgo Duran rode Charlie Boy in the 3’6″ green hunter stake. Photo by Kieran Paulsen.

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Guy McLean performed with his Australian Stock Horses. Photo by Tori Repole.


McLain Ward got into the Washington spirit for the $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class on Barn Night. He donned Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin’s jersey. Photo by Tori Repole.


A rider gives his pony a hug during the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship. Photo by Tori Repole.


A final scratch before entering the ring. Photo by Tori Repole.


There are horses in the city! Photo by Tori Repole.


Hundreds of riders battled it out for the highly-contested blue ribbons throughout the week. Photo by Emily Stakem.


The horses had the right-of-way. Photo by Tori Repole.


Dapples for days. Photo by Emily Stakem.


The Washington International Horse Show was in the Halloween spirit with decorated pumpkins. Photo by Emily Stakem.


Scott Stewart’s stall set-up inside the Capital One Arena. Photo by Emily Stakem.

IMPORTANT LINKS:  All the COTH Washington International  coverage  |  What You Need To Know  |  live results/order of go  |  live streaming  |  show website

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Behind The Scenes At WIHS 2018

Kieran Paulsen / October 29, 2018 12:32 pm




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