Enter Today! WIHS Celebrates 65 Years with New Classes to Showcase Top Horses & Riders


WASHINGTON – The 65th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS Equestrian™ is pleased to welcome riders from across the nation and around the world to The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, on October 23-29, 2023.

As one of the sport’s most time-honored, competitive, and entertaining events, WIHS will offer nearly one million dollars in total prize money to the best hunter, jumper, equitation, and pony riders competing for coveted year-end titles throughout the week.

The 2023 prize list and event schedule is available online here. Entries close September 5.

Competitor Experience
The Show Place Arena will host an exciting week of competition and hospitality. Enhancements throughout the facility will ensure an exhibitor- and horse-friendly indoor experience with top footing, a high-quality surface and multiple warm-up arenas for preparation.

In addition to the always impressive professional divisions such as the High Performance and Green Hunters, and the hotly contested Amateur divisions, new classes have been added for Junior, Child, and Adult riders, including the $10,000 3’3” Junior Hunter division for Small and Large horses on Thursday and Friday. The WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships, both presented by MARS Equestrian™, will add a $2,500 Welcome Class on Monday with the $10,000 Final on Tuesday.


New hunter classes highlight the expanded 2023 WIHS schedule, and following WIHS tradition, champions will receive a coveted box of Georgetown Cupcakes. Photos by Alden Corrigan Media

Jumper riders also will compete for increased prize money in the High Junior Amateur Jumper Division featuring the $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) East Coast Final on Saturday, and the WIHS Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships, each with a purse increased to $12,500 on Wednesday.

Prize money for WIHS 2023 will be the most in its history. Shawn McMillen Photography

The elite three-phase WIHS Equitation Finals caps off the show season for top junior riders, who have worked all year to be one of 40 competitors invited to participate. The hunter phase will be held Friday, with the jumper phase and final work-off featured on Saturday evening in front of a sold-out arena.

WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper competitors must be WIHS members in order for points to count for the WIHS Championships, presented by MARS Equestrian™. WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation competitors must also be WIHS members in order for points to count for the WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, presented by Huntland. 

Qualify for WIHS at the WIHS Regional Horse Show
Winning riders at the WIHS Regional Horse Show may qualify for the WIHS Championships held at WIHS. In addition, after a three-year absence, the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals will return to WIHS, on Monday, Oct. 23.

The WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship presented by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and the Lowham-Ruzzo Family, will be held October 19-22, in Upperville, VA. Learn More About the WIHS Regional Horse Show here.

Onsite Amenities
The complimentary WIHS Exhibitor Lounge will offer breakfast and lunch daily and will also be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings for viewing.

WIHS VIP Club tables are available for purchase and offer a premium competition viewing experience for your guests, barnmates, family, and friends, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, as well as an open bar during the evening sessions.

Unique traditions abound at WIHS, like the Halloween Hunt Teams class with fun costumes–even for the ponies! Shawn McMillen Photography

Hospitality and Travel
WIHS offers a Hospitality Campus at National Harbor, 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. This discounted rate is limited. Click here to secure rooms by October 2. You may also call +1 301-965-4000 to book your rooms and reference Washington Horse Show. 

Delta, the WIHS Official Airline since 2018, will offer discounted travel for WIHS exhibitors and fans to local airports in the Washington, DC, area. Click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at +1 800-328-1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY372.

High fives to celebrate a successful day at WIHS. Hannah Jones 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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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.