Show jumping gets underway today with the Children’s and Adult Jumper Welcome classes and low, medium and high junior/amateur jumpers in the ring. High performance and green hunters finish their divisions and the grand champion hunter and leading rider awards will be presented. The WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunters are back to determine the champions.
In the evening, International Jumpers get underway with the $72,900 Welcome Stake.
Junior hunters take the stage today, and by day’s end the Grand Champion Junior Hunter and Best Child Rider on a Horse will be named. Junior/amateur jumpers are back in the ring. The WIHS Equitation Finals, a national three-phase competition for junior riders, begins today with the hunter phase. The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase is back for the first of it’s two races!
If it’s Friday, it’s Military Night at WIHS! It’s all about power and speed as international riders are in the saddle for the $50,000 Speed Final (look for the American flag Jump for TAPS!) and the $25,000 Land Rover International Jumper Puissance, where the brave will jump the great wall until only one horse and rider combination remains fault-free. The North American indoor record to beat is 7’ 7-1/2,” set at Washington in 1983.
Today you’ll see the very best youngsters on ponies at the start of their riding careers. Top pony riders will compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation presented by Huntland. Later in the day, junior and amateur riders jump for their division championships. You may spot a future Olympian among the riders on the final day of the WIHS Equitation Finals, where riders will compete in the jumper phase and final work-off for the championship. Then for a little fun, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase will line up for the final race of this series!
Tonight, the ring will be electric as top riders and their superstar horses compete in the highlight of the week, the $215,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington presented by MARS Equestrian for the President’s Cup, with the biggest, most challenging jumps and the largest purse of the show. Riders will be looking for valuable points to qualify for the 2022 World Cup Final in April.
On Sunday morning, the top small, medium and large pony hunters in the country will compete in handy and stake classes, and the Grand Champion Pony Hunter, Best Child Rider on a Pony, and the Gochman Style of Riding awards will be presented.
To celebrate Halloween, an enjoyable new event will debut this year–WIHS Halloween Hunt Teams, with teams of three riders not just jumping, but jumping in costume!