The Washington International Horse Show Donates Arena Footing to the Mounted U.S. Park Police


(Washington, DC) ‘ October 9, 2007 ‘ The Washington
International Horse Show (WIHS), a 501 (c)(3) charitable
organization benefiting local and national charities, will
donate seven hundred tons of the 2007 WIHS arena footing
to the Mounted U.S. Park Police, valued at $14,500. The
donated footing, called lime sand, is a mixture of lime
stone siftings and sand. The mixture is specially
designed to cushion the horses’ steps, allowing them to
compete with minimal impact to their legs and bodies.

The WIHS will ceremoniously present the Mounted U.S. Park
Police with a small portion of the footing during ‘Lunch
with the Mounted U.S. Park Police,’ taking place
Wednesday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at the intersection of
6th and F Street. Six U.S. Park Police horses will travel
to the Verizon Center to feast on DC’s greatest stand-up
vegetarian buffet of apples, carrots, hay and water.

‘The Washington International Horse Show is pleased to
make this contribution to the Mounted U.S. Park Police as
a token of our appreciation for their 30-year commitment
to the show as the presenters of the colors during opening
ceremonies each year,’ said Susan Webb, Executive Director
for the WIHS.

For additional information or to cover the event, please
contact Kristi Betz or Nicole Halsey via cell phone at
443.823.9034 and 443.797.7674, respectively.

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.