Tickets are now on sale for the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America, which will take place Oct. 25-30 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
More than 500 of the best horses and riders in the world, including Olympic veterans, will arrive in the nation’s capital for six days of world-class international show jumping and top national hunter and equitation competition plus entertaining exhibitions, boutique shopping and community and charity events.
Excitement is building for Saturday night’s $130,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, where the winning rider will be presented with the show’s most prestigious prize, the President of the United States Perpetual Cup, a trophy given to the show in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Other popular events include the $25,000 Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company, a thrilling high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) and the prestigious WIHS Equitation Finals for the country’s top junior riders (Saturday).
Special events designed for children include WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, with contests, a scavenger hunt and the entertaining Top Score Costume Class, where riders jump in clever and humorous costumes (Thursday), and WIHS Kids’ Day, the popular street festival with free, fun and educational horse-based activities for the local D.C. community (Saturday).
Not to be missed are this year’s entertaining exhibitions including the adorable WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, presented by Charles Owen (Thursday and Saturday nights), with junior jockeys in the saddle racing the cutest Shetland Ponies to the enjoyment of spectators of all ages.
Highlighted events support community organizations and charities including TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the WIHS Official Military charity, the Capital Breast Care Center and the U. S. Equestrian Team Foundation.
Tickets are available at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show runs Tuesday through Sunday with day and evening performances except Sunday (daytime only). Daytime tickets (general admission only) are $15 (plus applicable service charge) with children 12 and under admitted free. For evening performances, VIP, reserved and general admission tickets are available starting as low as $20. For group discounts, contact Verizon Center Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, visit http://www.wihs.org/tickets/.
For event details, visit WIHS Event Schedule.