Final Day of Competition Wraps Up at Local Weekend


Leesburg, VA ‘ (September 9, 2007) ‘ More than 150 riders competed today during the final day of Local Weekend at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.

Today’s event included the following divisions: Small Pony Hunter, Large Pony Hunter, Children’s Jumper and Adult Jumper as well as Level 3 and Level 4 classes and the Zone III Finals. The top four riders in the Small Pony Hunter, Large Pony Hunter, Children’s Jumper and Adult Jumper divisions will qualify to compete at Local Finals at the Washington International Horse Show.

Highlights from Saturday’s competition include:

Small Pony Hunter:

Champion – Legally Blonde ridden by Sophie Gali

Reserve Champion – Silver Rain ridden by Madeline Schaefer

Large Pony Hunter:

Champion – Memory Lane ridden by Carter Ware

Reserve Champion – Winter Bazaar ridden by Bari Friedman

Children’s Jumper:

Champion – King of Hearts ridden by Ashley Aikens

Reserve Champion – Alize’ ridden by Jennifer Osterman

Adult Jumper:

Champion – H.M.R. Starkiss’d ridden by Leah Jones

Reserve Champion – Shibui ridden by Alison Wichman

For a complete list of results, visit

To conduct interviews with today’s winners, contact Nicole Halsey/Brittany Fowler at 410-427-0123 ext. 232/226, respectively.

About The Washington International Horse Show (

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization benefiting local and national charities, is a world-class championship event, drawing leading equestrian riders from around the nation and the world. Each year riders participate in qualifying shows to earn the honor of riding at the WIHS. The WIHS welcomes more than 600 horse and rider duos to compete to win some of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the world, including more than $400,000 in prize money. The show takes place every October in Washington, DC, attracting the attention of the equestrian world, non-equestrian world, celebrities and politicos alike with events such as show jumping, dressage, barrel racing and terrier races. October 2008 will mark the 50th anniversary of the WIHS.

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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.