$450K Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington Headlines 65th WIHS

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WASHINGTON, July 24, 2023 – Please join us October 23-29 for the 2023 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS Equestrian™, the only five-star FEI World Cup™ qualifier in the U.S. with increased prize money and upgraded amenities. WIHS will celebrate its 65th anniversary at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, with more than 10,000 spectators anticipated. The 2023 prize list is available online.

Competition

The 2023 WIHS International Jumper division will offer $656,000 in prize money. A 90-second training session opens the division on Wednesday, with competition starting Thursday with the $78,000 Welcome Stake and the fan-favorite $40,000 Accumulator Costume Class, which includes a bonus for the Best Costume Award. The $78,000 Speed Final is featured on Friday, with the week’s highlight, the $450,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup presented by Experience Prince George’s, on Saturday evening. The newly established Leading FEI Groom Award will also be presented on Saturday evening in memory of Karen Golding, longtime steward and supporter of WIHS.

Renowned FEI Level 4 Course Designer Bernard Costa Cabral (POR) will set the stage on the FEI-approved and -tested 120’x 240’ competition surface, assisted by FEI Level 3 Course Designer Nick Granat (USA). Led by WIHS President Vicki Lowell and WIHS Show Manager David Distler, last year’s international competition included a star-studded field of 30 riders representing 10 countries.

Conor Swail (IRL) led the victory gallop in 2022 for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup. Prize money for the coveted class will increase from $406,000 to $450,000 in 2023. Photo by Alden Corrigan Media

Schooling
Part of the expansive Prince George’s Equestrian Center, the dedicated FEI Complex will include an exclusive schooling arena. Riders will also have access to an additional tented warm-up ring, both newly installed with all-weather premium footing.

Onsite Amenities 
All FEI credentialed persons will have access to the WIHS Exhibitor Lounge, offering complimentary breakfast and lunch daily. Special evening meals will be served in the FEI Complex Wednesday through Saturday for grooms, riders, and trainers.

Five-star riders will receive access to the WIHS VIP Club, complete with daily breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner and open bar during the evening sessions. VIP Club tables are also available for purchase for owners and sponsors and offer a premium competition viewing experience.

Hospitality  
The WIHS Hospitality Campus at National Harbor is situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River, just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. National Harbor is home to an MGM Grand Casino, eight hotels, 160 stores, and 40 restaurants. WIHS has exclusive discounted rates at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center for exhibitors.

The 2022 WIHS International Jumper division featured 30 of the world’s top riders, including two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (USA). Photo by Alden Corrigan Media
Catching the moment in the Delta Winners Circle. Shawn McMillen Photography

Join Us!
65th Annual Washington International Horse Show CSI5*-W
October 23-29, 2023
The Show Place Arena, Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD

About Washington International Horse Show

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious, competitive, and entertaining equestrian events. Highlights include the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup, the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, including WIHS Kids’ Day and Barn Night. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit wihs.org.
 
 
 
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ABOUT WIHS

WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and holds the highest rating,  CSI5*-W, awarded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, as well as a US Equestrian 6* Jumpers and  Premier Hunters. It is recognized by the US Hunter Jumper Association, Maryland Horse Show Association, and Virginia Horse Show Association. WIHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.