Thrilling Competition Continues Today at Local Weekend


Leesburg, VA – (September 8, 2007) – More than 125 riders competed during the second day of Local Weekend at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. Children and adults of all ages rode for top honors and the chance to ride at the 49th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington , DC.

Today’s event included the following divisions: Children’s Hunter 14 & Under, Children’s Hunter 15-17, Medium Pony Hunter, Novice Equitation, Short Stirrup Equitation, Short Stirrup Hunter, Intermediate Equitation, Modified Hunter, Special Hunter and Low Children’s/Adult Hunter. The top four riders in the Children’s Hunter 14 & Under, Children’s Hunter 15-17 and Medium Pony Hunter will qualify to compete at Local Finals at the WIHS.

The following are highlights from the competition throughout today:

Children’s Hunter 14 & Under:

Champion – Rembrandt ridden by Nicole Shaw

Reserve Champion – Space Cowboy ridden by Emily Gallo

Children’s Hunter 15-17:

Champion – Max Q ridden by Blair St. Ledger-Olson

Reserve Champion – Femme Fatale ridden by Bari Friedman

Medium Pony Hunter:

Champion – Betty Boop ridden by Alexis Sicher

Reserve Champion – Time Flies ridden by Nora Jodrey

For a complete list of results, visit

To conduct interviews with today’s winners, contact Nicole Halsey/Brittany Fowler at 443-797-7674/301-904-1521, 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.

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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.