The Washington International Horse Show – held in the heart of the business district of Washington DC – is proclaimed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone who has ever competed there, whether they’re adult ammies competing in the working hunters or FEI riders qualifying for the World Cup.

It’s as urban as a show can get – not unlike the old days of the National being held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. They close down a city street to make room for stabling and horses get a wide-eyed view of the National Portrait Gallery across the street.

If you’re wondering how hundreds of competitors manage to navigate a horse trailer down Massachusetts Avenue to deliver their most valuable BFFs, the answer is, they don’t! According to WIHS,

“All vehicles bringing horses to WIHS are required to come to Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC) in Upper Marlboro, MD, as a preliminary staging point. Horses will be shipped to Verizon Center by Johnson Horse Transportation, the official carrier of WIHS. No horses may be shown from vans or trailers.”

Horses and riders are invited to do longer layovers if they choose at Prince George’s to acclimate or accommodate schedules between shows. The cost to ship each horse from Maryland to DC is $150.

If you’re ready to show now that you know it doesn’t mean trying to navigate Dupont Circle with a gooseneck, get your paperwork in! Entries close Tuesday, September 5.

Submit your application today using our easy online entry system or send by mail postmarked by the deadline. Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to submit their entries electronically. Entries completed online will receive a $25 office fee credit.

Quick Links:

  • Visit for event schedule.

The 59th annual Washington International Horse Show will take place October 24-29, 2017, at Capital One Area (formerly Verizon Center) in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit, join us on Facebook, and follow us on

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Go Jumping!