(Washington, DC) ‘ October 11, 2007 ‘ This evening,
hundreds from local barns and organizations from
Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia regions attended the
49th Annual Washington International Horse Show, competing
for top prizes at the ULCERGARD Barn Night. This year’s
Barn Night was sponsored by Merial, the maker of
ULCERGARD’ (omeprazole), the only FDA-approved product
proven to prevent stomach ulcers in horses.
Winning barns for each category included: Stonewall Farm
from Ashburrn, VA for the Essay contest; Urbana Riding
Club from Frederick, MD for the ‘Design a Ring Wall
Banner’ contest; South Carroll Equine Club from Mt. Airy,
MD for the ‘Derby Hat’ contest and Misty Brae Farm from
Chantilly, VA for the new WIHS mascot name ‘Oxer’ in
the ‘Name the Mascot’ contest. Each winner received a muck
bucket full of barn and stable supplies (valued at more
than $500 each), courtesy of The Loft at Meadowbrook.
The Grand Champion Barn was awarded Devaux Farm from
Philmont, VA for the highest number of participants, best
spirit, creativity and enthusiasm throughout the evening.
Devaux Farm took home a saddle cleaning stand provided by
the Georgetown Stable Outfitters.
WIHS also awarded Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club from
Woodbine, MD, a Kawaski Mule during the final chance
drawing of the evening. Throughout the evening’s
festivities, attendees walked the Gambler’s Choice course
with select riders, garnered rider autographs and won a
variety of prizes and merchandise.
About The Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org):
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.
The Washington International Horse Show is supported by the following 2007 sponsors: Salamander Hospitality, LLC, Hidden Trail Farm, LLC, FTI Consulting, Inc., Merial, LTD (UlcerGard), Monica & Hermen Greenberg, Canadian National
Railway Company (CN), Monarch International, Gotham North,
St. Michelle Wine Estates, Lynn Ellen Rice & Last Name
Left Productions, Pat Carleton & The Cottonwood, Ltd.,
Pedigree/Masterfoods, Crawford Communications, Shalanno
Farm, Tara Management, Tad Coffin Performance Saddles,
Halstrum, LLC/Lubrisyn, Brooke Carmichael McMurray-Fowler
& Pam Carmichael Keenan, JPC Equestrian, Betty & Ernie
Oare, Berkley Underwriting Partners, LLC & EMO Insurance
Agency, Inc., The Reid Family, Hillary Stiff & Chris &
Nalini Rogers, Platinum Performance, Far Niente Stables,
LLC and Cornell University.
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