FAQ

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious, competitive and entertaining equestrian events with competition for international, professional, amateur, junior and child riders.

Highlights include the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President’s Cup, the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, like WIHS Kids’ Day and Barn Night.

WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

For more information, visit wihs.org.

WIHS will be held Monday-Sunday, October 24-30, 2022.

The newly expanded schedule will offer seven days and three nights of top hunter, jumper, and equitation classes, as well as exciting exhibitions and entertainment.

WIHS 2022 will be held at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

The arena is easily accessible by car, and on-site parking is free.

It’s located 20 miles from The White House in Washington, DC, and 40 miles from Baltimore (BWI Airport); approx. 25 miles from Reagan National Airport (Arlington, VA), and 50 miles from Dulles Airport (Dulles, VA)

WIHS will be held Monday-Sunday, October 24-30, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily and 7:00-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
(Times are tentative and subject to change.)

See Tentative Schedule

Highlights

  • Barn Night: Thursday, October 27
    • Accumulator
    • Barn Night activities and contest and prizes
  • Military Night: Friday, October 28
    • $25,000 Puissance (high jump)
  • World Cup Night: Saturday, October 29
    • WIHS Equitation Finals
    • $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington for the President’s Cup

Arena tickets to watch the competition are available in a range of prices with special discounts for military, first responders and groups during the daytime sessions.

Children ages 12 and under are free during every daytime session. Access to the show grounds does not require a ticket.

Tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com and at the Ticketmaster box office on-site at The Show Place Arena. Ticket on sale date will be announced in late summer.

Premium ticket packages including dining and meal options are also available for the evening sessions.

Yes, accessible seating is available and may be ordered online when tickets go on sale.

There is no cost for on-site parking at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center.

There are several ticket/meal packages available for evening sessions as well as VIP tables available for purchase for the full week of the show.

The Show Place Arena also offers concessions for the purchase of food and beverage, and food trucks will be on site over the weekend.

Outside food and drink is not permitted on site on the grounds.

For more information on tickets and VIP tables, email info@wihs.org.    

WIHS has several special events throughout the week.

Kids’ Day: The popular WIHS Kids’ Day will return with an expanded program of educational activities for children and families to learn more about horses, and have rides and groom ponies.
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aturday and Sunday, October 22-23, at National Harbor in the Carousel Lot. This is a free event.

Barn Night: Full of fun with contests and prizes, WIHS Barn Night is back bigger and better than ever. Barn Night brings groups from local barns and organizations together for an evening of great competition, exciting exhibitions, and fun. Group ticket prices available.
Thursday Evening, October 27, at The Show Place Arena, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center. 

Pets are not permitted in The Show Place Arena, but leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds. Service dogs are permitted in all areas.

The WIHS hospitality campus is located at National Harbor, approx. 22 miles from the show, with WIHS’ Official Hotel, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center offering a discounted room block for WIHS exhibitors.

Details on how to book rooms will be available shortly.  National Harbor hosts many other other hotels with various pet-friendly options.  National Harbor hosts many other others with various pet-friendly options. 

We offer discounts for flights though our Official Airline, Delta Air Lines. Details and meeting code to book travel to and from WIHS will be available shortly.  

Complimentary shuttle service is available to/from National Harbor for exhibitors, trainers, and family. Proper credentials are required to gain access to shuttle service.

Additionally. a shuttle is provided from the infield parking area to the front of Show Place Arena for those who need assistance walking from parking to the GA entrance.

The WIHS Prize List will be available online in mid-July at https://wihs.org/. Entries will close in September and are only accepted online at http://showmanagementsystem.com. Invitations will be issued for the WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals riders.

The competition area at The Show Place Arena is 120’ x 240’.
 
Compare competition arena dimensions to other shows in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League:
  • Las Vegas National: 125’ x 250’
  • National Horse Show: 132’ x 260’
  • The Royal Winter Fair: 112’ x 250’
  • Fort Worth International: 125’ x 250’


For reference, the competition area at Capital One Arena was: 85’ x 244’

For 2022, the WIHS course designers are:

  • Hunters: Paul Jewell, Ewing, New Jersey
  • Jumpers: Bernardo Cabral, Lisbon, Portugal 

Information on how to book stabling and order feed will be sent with show acceptance email. Stalls are guaranteed for WIHS competing horses.

WIHS is delighted to welcome vendors to our exciting new location at The Show Place Arena and offer you expanded amenities for 2022. Most importantly, you’ll reach thousands of potential customers during the important pre-holiday selling season when people are looking for great gift ideas.

Indoor and outdoor boutique spaces are available. If you’d like additional promotion and further interaction with show exhibitors and spectators, consider adding a WIHS Vendor Sponsor Bundle to your vendor application. Bundle includes exhibitors lounge wristbands for daily breakfast and lunch, ad in the WIHS Prize List or Program, social media post, public address announcement, logo on scoreboard. Details in Vendor Application Packet.

Applications are due by July 1, 2022. For more information, email evan@wihs.org.

ADDITIONAL SALES OPPORTUNITY! Vendor space is available for the popular WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship October 20-23, 2022, at the lovely Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA. It’s a perfect opportunity to reach the strong Virginia equestrian market. For more information and rates, visit https://wihs.org/vendors/ or contact Evan Phinney at info@wihs.org with any questions.

Our sponsors are critical to continuing the WIHS mission of educating and entertaining the community through equestrian sport.

As one of the premier equestrian events in the country, WIHS offers partners a unique opportunity to connect and engage with dedicated exhibitors and passionate fans worldwide, with custom-tailored sponsorship solutions to fit each partner’s goals and budget. Learn more at https://wihs.org/sponsorship-opportunities/

For corporate, personal, and special sponsorship opportunities, contact Mary Helen Shaughnessy, Executive Director, at maryhelen@wihs.org or 202-525-3679.

VIP Tables

VIP tables are available on WIHS’ custom built two-tiered VIP Club with open views to the arena. The VIP Club is fully catered daily, with breakfast and lunch offered Monday through Sunday, and dinner and open bar Thursday through Saturday evenings. Tables seating eight (8) guests are available as part of sponsorships and are largely tax deductible.

When is the Media Center open? Who is the Media Chief?

The WIHS Media Center will be open Sunday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Oct 30. Daily hours will be posted in August. Working press are welcome to use the media room.  

The Media Chief is Jennifer Wood, Jump Media LLC. She can be reached at jwood@jumpmediallc.com.

How do I apply for a media credential?

To be eligible for a press credential, journalists and photographers must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Be associated with or on assignment for a recognized publication, news service, website, radio or television station;
  2. Submit a letter of assignment or email from the assigning editor or publisher, with the request for press credentials; and
  3. Submit a copy of your published article or photograph, published within the last year.

Editors assigning more than one photographer are asked to designate ONE primary photographer.

When the application process opens, press credentials must be requested using a form, which will be provided below. Those approved for credentials will be contacted by the media office.

What is the policy for private photographers?

Applications for private photographer credentials will be available in the summer.

Is press seating available?

Yes, check designated location in media center during show.

When will  press conferences be held? Are they streamed?

Currently, two press conferences are scheduled for Saturday night to be held following each of these classes: WIHS Equitation Finals, and Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington. Additional press conferences may be added to schedule.    

Press conferences will be streamed on Facebook Live.

For Exhibitors

For questions regarding applications, entries, and qualifying, please email wihssecretary@wihs.org.

For Tickets, Sponsorship, and All Other Questions

Please email info@wihs.org.

Check back regularly for updates, and please follow WIHS on social media for the latest news. Thank you!

ABOUT WIHS

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.