The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) announces steps to build on the success of the 60th Anniversary Show by establishing a special committee for the WIHS Regional Horse Show and naming U.S. Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden as the new WIHS International Show Advisor. WIHS is one of North America’s most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events and will celebrate 61 years on October 22-27, 2019, at the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C.
Beezie Madden (USA) and Breitling LS presented as winners of the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC, by WIHS President Vicki Lowell. Photo by Jump Media
The WIHS Regional Horse Show, also host to the USHJA Zone 3 Championships, is held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, on October 18-20, 2019. The WIHS Regional Committee will be chaired by WIHS Board Member Judy Bishop and will comprise members from the Zone 3 Committee, Zone 3 trainers and WIHS staff members. Committee members include:
Judy Bishop – Chair
Alan Lohman – Zone 3 Committee Representative
Streett Moore – Zone 3 Committee Representative
Rachel Kennedy – Zone 3 Professional
Tracy Magness – Zone 3 Professional
Lara McPherson – WIHS Staff Representative
Elizabeth Mellen – WIHS Staff Representative
Tom Blankenship – WIHS Regional Horse Show Manager
The goal of the committee is to further elevate and enhance the overall exhibitor experience of the WIHS Regional Horse Show through sponsorship, hospitality and other improvements. The committee will seek feedback and input from exhibitors and make recommendations to the WIHS Board of Directors.
Beezie Madden, the winner of the 2018 Longines/FEI World Cup Jumping Washington and the reigning FEI Jumping World Cup Finals champion, will review the International Jumper division schedule working closely with Show Manager David Distler and make recommendations to ensure WIHS continues to be a top event on the international jumping calendar.
Anna Ordonio and SS San Remo presented as winners of the 2018 Gittings Horsemanship Finals with trainer Kim Williams at the WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Championship, presented by The Bishop Family. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
“It is our collective goal to keep both the downtown event and the regional show at Prince George’s Equestrian Center as premier championship competitions on the calendar that riders of all levels aspire to compete at each year,” said WIHS President Victoria Lowell. “WIHS is a special event that has a storied history, which takes commitment from staff and volunteers to ensure it continues as a strong and successful event for years to come. As the last remaining U.S. indoor show in a major metropolitan sporting arena, it is critical we remain focused on creating the best experience possible for horses, competitors and spectators. I would like to thank these important volunteers for stepping up to help us continue bringing horses to downtown D.C. and recognizing the importance of our regional competition as well.”