The Caisson Platoon returns to WIHS on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2010–Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is honored to announce the Caisson Platoon of Ft. Myer, VA, will return to WIHS to hold a very special exhibition on Saturday, October 30, at 7:45 P.M. prior to the President’s Cup Grand Prix. The Caisson Platoon first attended WIHS in 2009.
The duties of the Caisson Platoon are to bury fallen soldiers. It is done with honor, grace and dignity. The horses and military personnel are trained constantly for this duty. These same horses and military service men and women also do therapeutic riding or equine-assisted activities with wounded soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The same horses that bury fallen warriors and are helping wounded warriors to heal following the principle of soldiers helping soldiers.
“As we were planning the show we learned about the work of the Caisson Platoon and asked them to do an exhibition prior to the President’s Cup Grand Prix. We were honored when they said ‘yes,’” says Juliet Reid, President of WIHS. The show has given a national platform to therapeutic riding with partnerships with organizations like the Horses and Humans Research Foundation and Autism Speaks.
About Washington International Horse Show
The Washington International Horse Show is a unique and storied equestrian event held annually at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. WIHS is one of the leading equestrian events in the country and hosts the top horses and riders from around the nation and the world in the last great metropolitan indoor horse show. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.