The Washington International Horse Show Supports Non-Profit Organizations with the New Charity Cup Classic


(Washington, DC) ‘ October 11, 2007 ‘ The Washington
International Horse Show (WIHS), a world-class
championship event, drawing leading equestrian riders from
around the nation and the world, will host the first ever
Charity Cup Classic tomorrow evening beginning at 7:20
p.m. at the Verizon Center in downtown. In an effort to
give back to the greater Washington community, the home of
the horse show for almost half a century, the Washington
International Horse Show created an innovative new class,
the International-Open Jumper Charity Cup Classic
sponsored by Hidden Trail Farm, LLC. The WIHS will raise
awareness and funds for the six selected regional
charities by offering monetary prizes totaling $30,000.
Each non-profit organization will be partnered with a team
of three show jumping riders. Each team will earn money
for their organization based on the points accumulated.
The course will consist of ten obstacles of increasing
difficulty where the rider and horse duos compete at speed
against the clock. Bonus points for obstacles jumps are as
as follows, 1 point for Obstacle #1, 2 points for Obstacle
2, 3 points for Obstacle #3 etc. for a possible total of
55 points.

Participating non-profit organizations include: Canine
Companions for Independence, Days End Farm Horse Rescue,
STEEED, Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC),
Washington Humane Society, and Thorpewood.

Canine Companions for Independence strives to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities by
providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing
support to ensure quality partnerships. Days End Farm
Horse Rescue, located in Woodbine, Maryland, provides
shelter, care treatment, rehabilitation, foster care, and
adoption for abused, neglected, and unwanted horses.
Soaring Towards Educational Enrichment via Equine
Discovery Inc. (STEEED) is dedicated to expanding the
educational and recreational opportunities for youth and
families through equestrian, environmental, and ecological
programming to those who traditionally would not have
access to such activities. Therapeutic & Recreational
Riding Center offers physical and occupational therapy on
horseback to treat a range of disabilities. As a mountain
retreat for urban youth, Thorpewood’s mission is to
provide exceptional customized programs that are intended
to help change the lives of young people they serve. The
Washington Humane Society serves homeless, lost and abused
animals with protection from cruelty and a second chance
at a loving home.

Tickets for the Charity Cup Classic can be purchased
through Ticketmaster at or by calling
(202) 397- SEAT. For more information, please visit us at

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.