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