WASHINGTON, October 7, 2013 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to welcome back the Washington Area Chevrolet Dealers (WACD) as the title sponsor of the WIHS Winner’s Circle, where top awards presentations will take place throughout the week.
WACD’s support will also include sponsorship of an exciting new “Celebrity Barrel Racing” exhibition on Saturday night. Professional barrel racers affiliated with National Barrel Horse Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association or American Professional Rodeo Association will team up with a celebrity hunter, jumper or junior rider to run the barrels. The fastest team will win $2,500 and WIHS custom-made belt buckles provided by Carol’s Western Wear.
As another part of their sponsorship, WACD is generously offering a limited number of free tickets vouchers to dealership visitors during the month of October. WIHS fans can pick up these general admission ticket vouchers at any local Washington Area dealership.
“The Washington International Horse Show offers the highest caliber competition just like Chevrolet offers the highest caliber automotive line-up in the industry,” said Karen Radley, owner of Radley Chevrolet. “We are excited to bring some more ‘horsepower’ to this fantastic annual event.”
“We are thrilled to welcome back Washington Area Chevy Dealers to the Washington International Horse Show,” said WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan. “They offer great support and bring an important local distinction to our event.”
Now in its 55th year, WIHS hosts six days of elite hunter, jumper and equitation competition in the Nation’s capital. This year’s event will take place Oct. 22-27, 2013, at Verizon Center. Many of the nation’s best horses and riders will be competing. Nationally, WIHS is rated “AA,” the highest possible, by the U.S. Equestrian Federation. On the international level, it has a three-star (CSI 3*-W) rating from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). The ‘W’ indicates the show is one of a select few in the U.S. offering a prestigious World Cup Qualifier, the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC.
In addition to the President’s Cup Grand Prix, highlights of the 2013 WIHS include the $25,000 Puissance (high jump competition) on Friday’s Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company; and the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals, featuring the country’s top junior riders, on Saturday. Nearly half a million dollars in prize money and special awards will be presented at the show. Visit www.wihs.org/tickets/ for more information on purchasing tickets to this year’s event.
About the Washington Area Chevrolet Dealers Association
The Washington Area Chevrolet Dealers Association is a local group consisting of 28 dealerships located throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the greater DC region. Operating as a Local Marketing Association (LMA), the group offers members an expansive network designed to assist with marketing initiatives, share in resources, and gain a competitive advantage in the Washington DC area. The group is dedicated to making each member’s business a success.
About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 20,000 spectators to the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for nearly half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C