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Top riders to Washington International Horse Show

Monday, 22 October 2012

Reed Kessler will compete at Washington International Horse Show. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is just around the corner on October 23-28, 2012. For one week each year, Verizon Center and the city of Washington, D.C. welcome some of the world’s best horses and riders to at one of the nation’s only remaining metropolitan indoor horse shows.  WIHS features Olympians, national champions, and talented young equitation riders, and top ranking junior, amateur and pony competitors. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show.

Many big names in show jumping are confirmed to compete at this year’s competition. U.S. Team members from the London Olympic Games – Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Reed Kessler, and Charlie Jayne – will be in attendance. Canadian Olympian (and past President's Cup Grand Prix winner) Jill Henselwood will be here, as well as top Irish rider Shane Sweetnam, twin brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium, and U.S. show jumper Kirsten Coe are just a few of the competitors to watch for.

WIHS highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI3*-W, by Events DC,on Saturday, October 27. The President's Cup Grand Prix is a World Cup qualifier. The $25,000 Puissance (high-jump competition),will be held on Friday, October 26, and riders will compete for the Armed Forces Cup, presented by The Boeing Company. For the country’s top junior riders, the WIHS Equitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, while the younger set will compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals on Sunday. Riding in qualifiers all year, the nations' best children's and adult hunter and jumper riders will contest their WIHS championships. All evening performances will begin at 7 p.m. EST.

For those who cannot attend in person, WIHS offers free, live streaming of the entire event. WIHS launched its live streaming video feed online in 2011, and thousands of horse lovers around the world joined in to watch the competition and special events online. All six days of action in the ring will be streamed live on beginning Tuesday, October 23, thanks to supporting sponsorship from Pedigree/Mars, Campbell Wealth Management and Platinum Performance.

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