The Washington International Horse Show is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Oct. 22-27.
The annual event, one of the world’s top equestrian events, puts the spotlight on equestrian riding, which has deep roots in Loudoun County. Some people consider the WIHS, which began in 1958, the leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Top horses and riders from the United States and beyond, including Olympic champions, vie for nearly $500,000 in prizes as well as riding titles.
About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show.
In addition to the equestrian events, the show includes special exhibitions, boutique shopping, Kids’ Day, and educational and community exhibits.
In 2009, the WIHS created its Junior Committee, which enlists young ambassadors to the show from the region. This year, Emily Lunsford, of Leesburg, and Casey Schmitz, of Ashburn were chosen for the committee. Read more about Emily here and Casey here.
The Washington International Horse Show Association Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, DC.