About WIHS

Now in its 63rd year, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is one of the most prestigious, competitive and exciting equestrian sporting events in North America.

To the delight of thousands of spectators, each October top horses and riders arrive in the nation’s capital from across the country and around the world for six days of top jumper, hunter and equitation competition, equestrian entertainment, and community and charity events.  

Equestrians, non-equestrians, celebrities, politicos, and school children alike enjoy a variety of events from the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM  Washington for the President’s Cup, the Puissance (high jump), the WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase, to Kids’ Day, a free fun educational event, Barn Night, Military Night, special exhibitions, boutique shopping and ringside hospitality.

The Washington International Horse Show Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 1958.  


Since its inception in 1958, WIHS has provided a showcase for the finest horses from many breeds and disciplines, including Nations Cup international show jumping, hunt teams, side saddle, and Saddlebred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Morgan and other breed divisions, plus driving, dressage, barrel racing and lots more. 

Over the years, the show has gradually focused more on its core disciplines of show jumping, hunters and equitation, and has sought to bring together the best riders, the most discerning judges and the most creative course designers in a forum to determine the best of the best.   


WIHS has been held in three local venues: 

  • 1958-1974: Washington, DC, National Guard Armory.
  • 1975: US Air Arena in Landover, MD.
  • 2000: Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, DC

In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions for events in Washington, DC, WIHS found a safe, temporary, outdoor home at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC, where it will remain in 2021 before returning to the Washington, DC, region in 2022.

WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and has been recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group since the designation was established. WIHS holds a prestigious four-star rating from the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines. 


WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and is recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (CSI4*-W), US Equestrian (6* Jumpers, Premier Hunters), US Hunter Jumper Association, Maryland Horse Show Association, and Virginia Horse Show Association.