New Champions Will Be Crowned at 63rd Annual Washington International Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian
WASHINGTON, Oct 22, 2021–New champions will be crowned next week at the 63rd Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) CSI4*-W presented by MARS Equestrian™ which kicks off Oct 26-31 at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C.
The nation’s top hunter, jumper, and equitation riders will vie for coveted and historic titles during the six-day show. At the top of the qualified lists, Zayna Rizvi heads into the WIHS Equitation Finals with the greatest number of points accumulated throughout the year.
Top hunter riders from coast to coast will include Scott Stewart, Nick Haness, Geoffrey Hesslink, and Liza Boyd who are in top form to compete for WIHS championships. The star-studded FEI division will bring U.S. Olympians including McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, and Margie Engle, and newer stars such as Brian Moggre and Adrienne Sternlicht, to jump in some of the most exciting competitions of the week.
Two of the most prestigious events will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30. The country’s best junior riders will take over Tryon Stadium to compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals. Won by notable champions like Ward (1993) and Farrington (1999), the WIHS Equitation Finals help prepare riders to become the next generation of show jumping’s elite.
Then in the evening, the $215,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W presented by MARS Equestrian™ will bring together top jumper riders to compete for the coveted President’s Cup and earn ranking points for the World Cup final in April.
New This Year
- The $215,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s Cup will offer the largest purse in the history of the class
- Increased FEI ranking points earned in the Welcome Stake and the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s Cup presented by MARS Equestrian™
- The FEI division will increase the number of accepted rider entries to 50, and allow up to three horses per rider
- The WIHS Equitation Sportsmanship Award presented by Hollow Brook Wealth Management will recognize the equitation rider who best personifies the highest standards of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, kindness and generosity
- Addition of the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division
- Addition of a Welcome class for Children’s and Adult Hunters and Jumpers
- The ponies are back! The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase supported by Tryon International Equestrian Center will take place on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30
- Halloween Fun: Pony Hunt Team costume class and Pony Party Halloween brunch on Sunday, Oct. 31
- Spectators are welcome! VIP tables in the Legends Club are available for purchase
- Full traditional competition schedule will run across two show rings – Tryon Stadium and Grand Hunter Ring. View the 2021 WIHS Schedule
- Live stream coverage of both rings will be available throughout the week on USEF Network, with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, Welcome Stake, and the Speed Final available only on FEI.TV
- Wednesday: $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter and $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championships presented by MARS Equestrian™
- Thursday: $72,900 International Jumper Welcome Stake and $36,600 International Jumper Accumulator Class
- Friday: $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper and $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championships presented by MARS Equestrian™
- Friday: In support of Tragedy Assistance Program for survivors (TAPS), an official charity of WIHS, each clear round over the TAPS jump in the International Jumper $50,000 Speed Final, will raise money for TAPS
- Friday: the $25,000 Land Rover International Jumper Puissance
- Saturday: WIHS Pony Equitation Championship presented by Huntland and WIHS Equitation Championship
- Saturday: $215,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s Cup presented by MARS Equestrian™