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Washington International Horse Show 2019

The premier metropolitan indoor horse show in the U.S.

Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C. 2020 - Best Time
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The Washington International Horse Show is a major equestrian event of the year gathering best riders and horses in the United States and other countries. The show takes place every October at Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, DC. Thousands of spectators witness spectacular show jumping, hunt teams and equitation competition, and Shetland Pony races for six days. More than 500 horses take part in competitions. The most prestigious of them include a World Cup qualifier, President’s Cup Grand Prix, the Puissance high-jump competition, WIHS Equitation Finals, and more.

Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C. - Best Season 2020

The Washington International Horse Show was held for the first time on October 10, 1958, at the National Guard Armory in Washington, DC. Since then it has become one of the most awaited events of the year attended by presidents, politicians, military elite and many celebrities. Thousands of horse enthusiasts of all ages participate in exciting exhibitions, community and shopping events.

The competitions showcase the most beautiful American horses from many breeds, like American Saddlebred, Quarter Horse, Morgan and others. The show features Kids' Day with lots of free fun activities such as pony rides and educational displays. Barn Night is another special event that includes many games and prizes. Military Night features Jumps for Taps in support of the ​Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.