The WIHS Equitation Finals and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals presented by Huntland are highlights of show week for junior riders, who compete throughout the year to qualify at more than 600 shows held throughout the country.
The 2023 qualifying period runs Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug, 31, 2023.
Riders must be WIHS members for points to count toward the finals. If you’re not already a member, sign up and start earning points for the 2023 WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals presented by Huntland.
Third in the finals in 2021, Augusta Iwasaki, 19 of Calabassas, CA, and Attendu de Lannois Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Ashland Farms, held off a very talented field of 40 in the rigorous three-phase competition — hunter, jumper then a work-off for the top 10, where they switched mounts. Two panels of judges including Linda Andrisani with Peter Lombardo and Heather Caristo-Williams with Hardin Towell, winner of this class in 2006, awarded the marks.
Final Results: 2022 WIHS Equitation Finals
1 Augusta Iwasaki / Attendu de Lannois Z
2 Skylar Wireman / Famous
3 Jordan Gibbs /Cent 15
4 Ellie Aronson / Conthacco
5 Avery Glynn / Waldo
6 Zayna Rizvi / Acer K
7 Alexander Alston / Ferry van den Hoogeweg
8 Baylee McKeever / Salvatore
9 Amira Kettaneh / Vantastico
10 Nicole McMillion / Copenhagen
Eligibility: Invitations will be extended to the top 40 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period in the East Coast and West Coast Leagues as follows: 30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 riders will be invited from the West Coast League. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September. The same horse must be used in all phases of the class. No exceptions will be made. Riders competing in the WIHS Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.
Eligibility: Invitations will be extended to the top 25 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September.
Format: Ponies to jump 2’3″ (small), 2’6″ (medium) and 3’0″ (large). The same pony must be used throughout the class. Each pony may be ridden by one rider only, unless the judges request a change. Conventional tack per USEF rules. Riders competing in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals may not compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals. This class will be conducted as a one-phase competition and a work-off.