Ethos Award

The Washington International Horse Show is proud to host the inaugural ETHOS Award Ceremony honoring the contribution of African-Americans to the horse world. The event will be held at a Champagne Brunch on Saturday, October 29, at The Show Place Arena during show week.

The Ethos Award is a new celebration of history recognizing the contribution and achievements in the horse world that are rarely seen. WIHS will serve as the home of this inaugural event and monies raised from future ticket sales will help support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative of the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as the Washington International Horse Show’s commitment to an inclusive environment. 

This year, six African-American individuals will receive the Ethos Award, honoring their individual and collective contributions to the advancement of equestrian sports, and who are from families where excellence in equestrian sports has spanned more than one generation. 

Donna Marie Cheek will receive a special Ethos Award for her participation as the first Black member of the United States Equestrian team.
“With this very first year of the Ethos Award, we are delighted to build on the steps that the United States Equestrian Federation has taken to increase access and representation of Brown and Black people in equestrian sports,” says Roberta Wilmore, Co-founder of the Ethos Award. “The goal of this event is to assist the horse show world and the equestrian industry in its efforts to engage a diverse audience and to document and honor Brown and Black people who have contributed to the sport from slavery to today.”

The six honorees are of all ages from throughout the United States. The youngest is just 11 years old!

  • Donna Marie Cheek (California)
  • Gregory Harbut (Kentucky)
  • Jerome Parker (Massachusetts)
  • Kortnee Solomon (Texas)
  • William Randall Ward (Florida)
  • Cheryl White (accepted by her brother Raymond White, Ohio). 

The Ethos Awards Champagne Brunch will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. during the 64th Annual Washington International Horse Show. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.


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