53rd Annual Washington International Horse Show
October 25-30, 2011
Horse-crazy or not, if you like championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun, this is the event for you. An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation’s capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Special exhibitions, shopping in more than 50 specialty boutiques and Kids’ Day on Saturday, round out this family-friendly show.
WIHS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is proud to partner with local and national charitable organizations.
Since its debut, the Washington International has been a popular Washington D.C. fixture visited by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages.
Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW (7th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C., home of the Washington International Horse Show since 2000, as well as professional and college sports teams including the Wizards (NBA), the Capitals (NHL), the Mystics (WNBA) and the Georgetown Hoyas, as well as concerts, family shows and sporting events.
How To Get There
Take Metrorail or Metrobus to Gallery Place-Chinatown for an easy trip to the show.
- Tuesday evening: WIHS Children’s & Adult Hunter Championships
- Wednesday evening: WIHS Adult Jumper Championships
- Thursday evening: $20,000 Gamblers Choice Costume Class BARN NIGHT!
- Friday evening: $25,000 Puissance (high-jump)
- Saturday evening: $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix
- Friday/Saturday: WIHS Equitation Classic Finals
- Saturday: Kids’ Day from 10 am – 2 pm on F Street (free event held in a tent outside Verizon Center)
- Sunday: Pony Hunters, Pony Equitation, Regional Finals
- The Caisson Platoon exhibition (Sat. evening)
- Jack Russell Terrier Races (Thurs., Fri, Sat. evenings)
- Shopping in more than 40 specialty boutiques, many with an equestrian flair
Groups: Organize a group outing to the show with your barn, club, team, school, church, or group of friends. For Group Ticket Sales, contact Verizon Center Group Sales Department at 202-661-5061. Group Sales can assist you with ticket discounts, special seating arrangements and personalized service.
Two performances daily except Sunday
- Day (Tues-Sat): 7:00 AM.-5:00 PM
- Evening: (Tues-Wed): 6:30-10:00 PM.; (Thurs.) 6:30 PM-10:00 PM; (Sat) 7:00-10:00 P.M. (ending times approx.)
- Sunday 7:00 A.M.-4:00 PM
Special Historical Moments
Over the years, notable guests included Alice Roosevelt Longworth, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Gerald R. Ford, General William Westmoreland, Christopher Reeve, John Cleese, Bruce Springsteen, William Shatner, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Arthur Godfrey and many more.
Show memories abound, including in 1970, a carriage marathon with horse-drawn vehicles parading to the White House to give Mrs. Nixon a carriage ride around the South Lawn of the Executive Mansion.
The standing North American indoor Puissance (high jump) record of 7 feet 7 1/2 inches was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Sweet N’ Low.
Some of the leading horsemen and horsewomen in the country have been inducted into the WIHS Hall of Fame since the award was established in 1997: George H. Morris (1997), William C. Steinkraus (1998), Mrs. Jane Dillon (1999), Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler (2000), Austin H. Kiplinger (2001), H. Fenwick Kollock (2002), Sheila C. Johnson (2007), Miss Mignon C. Smith (2008), Betty Oare (2009) and Hermen Greenberg (2009).