Popular Fidelity Investments Club Ringside Dining Returns to Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center


Washington, D.C. – July 19, 2012 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce the return of the Fidelity Investments® Club, a VIP dining platform in Verizon Center that gives spectators a spectacular vantage point to watch the top horses and riders in the country. The Washington International Horse Show, now in its 54th year, will be held October 23-28, 2012, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.


Modeled after VIP seating at major European horse shows, the Fidelity Investments Club offers a first-hand view of horses and their riders as they compete over technical jumping courses and challenging heights. The exclusive dining area garnered rave reviews in its opening year, and WIHS is proud to offer it again in 2012.


“We are pleased to welcome Fidelity Investments back to the WIHS as title sponsor of our most exclusive VIP dining facility,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “The Fidelity Investments Club was a big success last year and we’re thrilled to be able to offer our sponsors and special guests such a fantastic place to network, entertain guests and experience the show once again.”


The custom-built and beautifully decorated dining area is conveniently located directly off of the West end of Verizon Center’s main concourse near the in-gate. The platform consists of 16 tables of eight seats and is open for evening performances Tuesday through Saturday. The dinner buffet offers a gourmet menu and full bar service, and is the perfect place to socialize and watch equestrian sport at its finest.


“Fidelity Investments is pleased to support the Washington International Horse Show again this year and we look forward to another successful event in October,” said Steven Niehoff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Fidelity Investments.


In addition to the Fidelity Investments Club, WIHS will once again host sponsors and supporters in the popular Acela Club, located on the skybox level overlooking the arena, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Acela Club tables seat four and include buffet dinner and open bar; individual tickets are also available. Acela Club is home to nightly social events, including Friday’s Armed Forces Reception and Saturday’s President’s Cup Party.


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, to make a Fidelity Investments Club or Acela Club table reservation or to purchase individual Acela Club tickets, contact Bridget Love Meehan, Executive Director, at 202-525-3679 or info@wihs.org.


For more information on the Washington International Horse Show, please visit www.wihs.org.


About Fidelity Investments


Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.6 trillion, including managed assets of $1.6 trillion, as of June 30, 2012. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.


About the Washington International Horse Show (www.WIHS.org)
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s only metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists, and their world-class horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many competing all year just to qualify. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police round out this family-friendly event.


Since its debut, WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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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.