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Qualified Horses and Riders Announced for 2018 Washington International Horse Show

 

Washington, D.C. – Some of the world’s best horses and riders, including the riders on the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) gold-medal U.S. team, are qualified to compete at the 60th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on October 23-28, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

One of the most thrilling and popular events in North America, WIHS celebrates 60 years of top sport and family-friendly entertainment this year by welcoming some of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians, celebrated hunter riders from all corners of the nation, and rising young stars. The qualifying lists for all divisions, including the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals and WIHS Championship Finals, are now available online.
 

The U.S. show jumping team accepting their gold medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. Photo by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

Coming off a historic gold medal at the WEG just three days ago, U.S. riders Laura Kraut, Devin Ryan, Adrienne Sternlicht, and McLain Ward are scheduled to compete at WIHS after bringing home the first ever WEG team gold for the United States. Additionally, U.S. Olympic medalists including 2018 FEI World Cup Jumping Final champion Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, and Leslie Howard are also qualified.

Seven nations will make up the WIHS international roster, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, and Switzerland. Representing his home country of Switzerland, Beat Mändli will return to the 2018 WIHS to defend his title in the 2017 $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC.

"We are honored to host such decorated riders from around the world at the 60thAnniversary Washington International Horse Show," said WIHS President Vicki Lowell. "Making this year’s event even more special, we are very excited to welcome the U.S. gold medal-winning WEG team to Washington, D.C. It’s the perfect opportunity for show jumping fans and spectators from the D.C. metropolitan area and beyond to come celebrate, cheer on, and even meet the stars of our sport."
 

Beat Mändli and Dsarie on their way to the win in the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography


Riders from across the country compete throughout the year to qualify for WIHS in professional, junior, amateur-owner and pony hunter divisions, as well as high and low junior/amateur-owner and open jumper divisions. WIHS welcomes riders from the West Coast, Texas, the Midwest, and all along the East Coast to compete head-to-head. 

Qualifiers will be excited to see their name on the list for the coveted Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, and the $10,000 WIHS Children's Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, and $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship. 

International Riders qualified to compete at the 2018 WIHS:

As of Tuesday, September 25

 

Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA)

Erynn Ballard (CAN)

Georgina Bloomberg (USA)

Daniel Bluman (ISR)

Amanda Derbyshire (GBR)

Katie Dinan (USA)

Kent Farrington (USA)

Tracy Fenney (USA)

Leslie Howard (USA)

Charlie Jacobs (USA)

Quentin Judge (USA)

Lillie Keenan (USA)

Andrew Kocher (USA)

Laura Kraut (USA)

Peter Lutz (USA)

Beezie Madden (USA)

Beat Mändli (SUI)

Christine McCrea (USA)

Alison Robitaille (USA)

Devin Ryan (USA)

Adrienne Sternlicht (USA)

Shane Sweetnam (IRL)

Hardin Towell (USA)

Mattias Tromp (USA)

Catherine Tyree (USA)

Aaron Vale (USA)

Kristen Vanderveen (USA)

McLain Ward (USA)

Rowan Willis (AUS)
 

Tickets for WIHS are available online on Ticketmaster.com, at the Capital One Arena box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For group discounts, contact Capital One Arena Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, visit WIHS.org/tickets.

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About Washington International Horse Show

 

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America's most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events attracting more than 26,000 spectators annually to Washington, D.C., for Olympic-level competition plus community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders arrive from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $135,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President's Cup, presented by Events DC, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, the $25,000 Puissance high jump on Military Night, presented by Caterpillar, Inc., and Kids' Day, a free, fun and educational community event. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. wihs.org.