WIHS Junior Committee

The WIHS Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador Program sponsored by Signature Academics was created in 2009 to offer Washington, DC–area teens interested in horses and event production the opportunity to be a part of the inner workings of the Washington International Horse Show.

Through an application process, approximately 30 teens from public, charter and private schools in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, are selected to join this innovative program.

During the summer and fall, working with WIHS staff, JC members develop ideas from the youth perspective for the show, learn new skills, and are involved in equine-related volunteer activities, such as helping at therapeutic riding centers such as Great & Small and Sprout.

During show week, members have assisted with autograph signings, social media takeovers, photography, WIHS Barn Night, community events and other operational activities.

The WIHS Youth Ambassador holds a leadership role as chair of the Junior Committee and represents the show’s youth perspective to the media. Those wishing to be considered for the 2022 WIHS Youth Ambassador position will complete an additional application to showcase strengths in leadership and management.

  • The 2022 application period has closed. If interested for 2023, take a look at this year’s application to learn more about the process: WIHS Junior Committee Application
  • Applicants must be students between the ages of 14 and 18 enrolled at local Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland-area schools.
  • For questions, email info@wihs.org
 

Meet the 2022 WIHS Junior Committee!

With 46 members, the class of 2022 is one of the largest Junior Committees since the program began in 2009.

17 | Ashburn, Virginia | Broad Run High School

17 | Leesburg, Virginia | Independence High School

15 | Glenwood, Maryland | Glenelg High School

15 | Brambelton, Virginia | St. Paul VI Catholic High School

15 | Seat Pleasant, Maryland | Elizabeth Seton High School

15 | Seat Pleasant, Maryland | Elizabeth Seton High School

16 | Sterling, Virginia | St. Paul VI Catholic High School

16 | Ashburn, Virginia | Independence High School

17 | Davidsonville, MD | Indian Creek School

15 | Fairfax, Virginia | Oakton High School

16 | Ashburn, Virginia | Riverside High School

16 | Raleigh, North Carolina | Racenscroft School

16 | Arlington, Virginia | St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School

17 | Chevy Chase, Maryland | The Holton Arms School

17 | Bethesda, Maryland | Walter Johnson High School

16 | Chevy Chase, Maryland | National Cathedral School

16 | McLean, Virginia | Langley High School

15 | Free Union, Virginia | Miller School of Albemarle

15 | Vienna, Virginia |  Dominion Christian School

16 | Odenton, Maryland |  Annapolis High School

16 | Chevy Chase, Maryland | Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

16 | Bethesda, Maryland | Walt Whitman High School

17 | Alexandria, Virginia | St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School

17 | McLean, Virginia | Oakcrest School

17 | McLean, Virginia | Oakcrest School

14 | Arlington, Virginia | The Langley School

17 | Fort Washington, Maryland | Academy of Health Science at PGCC

16 | Sterling, Virginia | Potomac Falls High School

16 | McLean, Virginia | Holton Arms School

15 | Bowie, Maryland | Bridge Tutorial Ministries Homeschool

16 | Brandywine, Maryland | Crofton High School

16 | Brandywine, Maryland | Crofton High School

15 | Germantown, Maryland | Northwest High School

14 | Mount Airy, Maryland | Mount Airy Middle School

15 | Marriottsville, Maryland | Marriotts Ridge High School

17 | Potomac, Maryland | Winston Churchill High School

16 | Reston, Virginia | South Lakes High School

17 | South riding, Virginia | Freedom High School

16 | Washington, D.C. | National Cathedral School

16 | Washington, D.C. | Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

16 | Waldorf, Maryland | St. Charles High School

16 | Middleburg, Virginia | Highland School

15 | Vienna, Virginia |  Langley High School

14 | Gainesville, Virginia |  Homeschool

16 | Great Falls, Virginia |  Langley High School

15 | Burke, Virginia |  Bishop Ireton High School

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.