The Washington International Horse Show Announces 2007 Hunter Division Winners


(Washington, DC) ‘ October 10, 2007 ‘ The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization benefiting local and national
charities, announced today the seven hunter division
Champions. The following divisions competed over a two
day span for the titles of Champion and Reserve
Champion: Regular Working Hunter, Regular Conformation
Hunter, First Year Green Hunter, Second Year Green
Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, Amateur Owner Hunter
(18-35 years), sponsored by Lynn Ellen Rice and Last Name Left Productions, and Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35), sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Division leaders at the end of day-one of competition were
Allejandro, ridden by Tim Goguen, and Scout, ridden by
John French, in the First Year Green Working Hunter
Division. Junior rider Addison Phillips, aboard Castle,
led the Second Year Green Working Hunters, along with
Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star. After points were totaled,
Scout and John French held onto their lead and were named
the Champion of the First Year Green Working Hunters
division while Castle and Addison Philips clinched the
Second Year Green Working Hunter division.. Hard Rock and
Jennifer Alfano also had a strong final ride, which
secured the Reserve Championship for the duo.

Kingston, ridden by Juliana Johnson, rose to the occasion
on Wednesday, taking the division champion title of the
Amateur Owner Hunter (18-35 years), while Rachel Geiger,
riding Aeropostale, captured the Reserve Championship.
Topping the field in the Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35)
was Mombo, ridden by Maria L. Takocs. Tammy Chipko earned
the Reserve Champion title aboard All That. The Regular
Working Hunter Championship was awarded to Brunello and
Elizabeth Towell-Boyd. The Regular Conformation Hunter
Championship went to Highland Park and Scott Stewart,
while Sting and Jennifer Alfano topped off the Green
Conformation Hunters.

With the completion of the hunter divisions, additional
awards were presented for the overall Grand Champion
Hunter which was awarded to Highland Park ridden by Scott
Stewart and the Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter
Award, which is the overall leader of both the younger and
older divisions, presented to Maria L. Takocs, riding
Mombo. The Leading Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by Hillary Stiff and Chris Rogers, and given to the leading rider over each of the seven divisions, was awarded to John French. The Leading Amateur Owner Hunter Award, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, was given to Maria L. Takocs.

While seven hunter division titles have already been
awarded, the Junior Hunters will take the stage on Friday,
October 12 with the Pony Hunter divisions getting underway
on Saturday, October 13th.

To view complete results from today’s competition, please

About The Washington International Horse Show

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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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.