Fast and Fun! WIHS Shetland Pony Racing Returns to Devon

Ponies and junior jockeys vie for the lead at the start of the WIHS Shetand Pony Steeplechase Racing at the Devon Horse S

The Ponies Are Back! WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Racing Returns to the Devon Horse Show on Memorial Day Weekend

Enter the #PonyPower Sweepstakes for a chance to win official WIHS merchandise

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2022–The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is delighted to announce the return of the ever-popular WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series to the Devon Horse Show after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Coinciding with the comeback of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, Pa., the Shetland Pony steeplechase series will kick off over Memorial Day Weekend in the Dixon Oval with lively racing on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, 2022. The series final will be held at the Washington International Horse Show, Oct. 24-30.

Adding to the fun, the #PonyPower Sweepstakes will offer prizes for two lucky participants in the sweepstakes who pick the correct winners.

Rounding the turn in the WIHS Shetland Pony STeeplechase at the Devon Horse Show
Watch WIHS Shetland Pony racing at the Devon Horse Show or streamed live or on-demand on USEF Network. Photo by Jump Media

The races feature miniature mounts with their junior jockeys. When first introduced at WIHS in 2013, the Washington Post declared the races to be “D.C.’s newest, and cutest sport.” 

Watch in person at the Devon Horse Show or streamed live or on-demand on USEF Network.

#PonyPower Sweepstakes
Whether you’re watching at the Devon Horse Show or on the livestream from home or the barn, you can amp-up your fun and win official WIHS merchandise by participating in the #PonyPower Prize Sweepstakes on social media.

How to Enter:

  • On each race day—Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30—review the race cards on and WIHS Instagram
  • Be sure to “like” and “follow” WIHS on Facebook and Instagram
  • By 1 p.m. EDT each race day, comment on WIHS Facebook and/or WIHS Instagram with the name of the pony you think will win
  • One winner will be chosen each race day by a random drawing of all correct answers across Facebook and Instagram

Video of WIHS Shetland Pony RacingNew to pony racing? Enjoy this fast and fun WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase race!

Big Changes Coming for WIHS 2022

The 64th Annual Washington International Horse Show will return to the Washington, D.C. area as a newly approved FEI Five-Star Event, with an expanded schedule, an additional day of competition, and increased prize money.

A prestigious event on the international equestrian calendar since 1958, WIHS will feature the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup, WIHS Equitation Finals for top qualified juniors, WIHS Children’s and Adult Championships, the $25,000 Puissance high jump, top hunters from throughout the country, plus exhibitions, entertainment, VIP hospitality and special events, including WIHS Kids’ Day and Barn Night.

WIHS 2022 will be held Oct. 24-30 at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

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About the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the country fair, which offers world-class shopping, rides, games, multiple dining options and special entertainment events. Mark your calendars for May 26-June 5, 2022, to celebrate the show’s 125th anniversary at the historic showgrounds.

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 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, and the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, like Kids’ Day and Barn Night. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit

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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.