June 2017

Washington International Horse Show announces all new footing for 2017 event

The Washington International Horse Show is pleased to announce the upgrade to all new footing for this year’s event at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., on October 24-29, 2017.

An organization that takes great pride in listening to the needs of its exhibitors, as well as continuously striving to improve and be the best, the management at WIHS looks forward to this enhancement.

“Our riders have been asking for new footing for years, but Verizon Center’s […]

Ashleigh Dove of Purcellville, VA wins the Randolph Scholarship during the 2017 Upperville Horse Show

UPPERVILLE, VA – Ashleigh Dove, a Purcellville, VA resident who discovered foxhunting while she was a Foxcroft School student and has been a regular participant with the Middleburg Hunt even while away at college, received the Theodora Ayer Randolph Sporting Scholarship “under the oaks” at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on June 10, 2017.

The scholarship, which carries a $1,000 cash award, is given annually in memory of Randolph and the true sporting spirit she […]

October 2016

WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Championship Featured at Prince George’s Equestrian Center

The 2016 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, was hosted at Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC) in Upper Marlboro, MD, on Friday, October 21, through Sunday, October 23. The event offers local and regional riders a final chance to qualify to compete at this week’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America.

WIHS begins Tuesday, […]

How to Prepare for Finals

3 Virginia Trainers share their strategies on how they mentally and physically prepare their riders for year end shows

Written by Sarah McKay for our Sept/Oct. 2016 Issue
As  summer winds down and fall begins, horse show finals will soon be upon us. We asked three trainers from around Virginia to share their insights into what makes their riders and horses successful at year-end final competitions:
When it comes to preparing ahead of time, Pam Baker, of Hillcrest […]

September 2016

Barn Night Returns to the Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center on October 27

Popular night for young riders and horse lovers  features contests and prizes! 

One of the most popular nights during the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is Barn Night, presented by  Dover Saddlery with the generous support of The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Barn Night is a favorite with young riders, barn mates and horse lovers who attend in groups and have […]

August 2016

Jill Wilson and Virginia Frediani win big in the Hunter Ring at HITS Culpeper

Competition continued at HITS Commonwealth Park with the Constitution Classic during Week V at HITS Culpeper. Professional, Amateur and Junior riders turned out to compete for the top spot in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. With only two weeks left until the HITS Championship on September 8-11, riders were hunting for a win to qualify for the prestigious $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and the $250,000 Platinum Performance […]

Preparing for the Olympics

An Interview with former Olympian Will Coleman and team veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober
Written by Sarah McKay

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are quickly approaching, and while the United States will be represented on the equestrian side, so will Virginia. Two Virginians, Lauren Kieffer and Dr. Tim Ober are involved, the former competing in the eventing portion of the games, and the latter supporting the show jumping team as the primary team veterinarian.

Lauren Kieffer, of Middleburg, […]

July 2016

Harold Chopping wins HITS Culpeper $25,000 Brook Ledge Grand Prix on Friday, July 15, 2016

Riders and horses turned out for Friday’s $25,000 Brook Ledge Grand Prix as a weekend of excitement kicked off at the Cavalier Classic, the third week of HITS Culpeper.

Coming home with the victory was Southern Pines, North Carolina equestrian Harold Chopping aboard Basje, owned by Kendra Bullington. This win makes Chopping and Basje’s third blue ribbon in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Commonwealth Park this year.

“He’s a very talented horse, and is also very […]

May 2016

Looking for something to do? Visit our Calendar of Events page!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Our Calendar of Events page has been updated to include as many Shows, Hunter Paces, Trail Rides, Clinics and Events that we could find throughout Virginia. Here is a list for the next week.

January 2016

2015 Yearbook – Congratulations to these Virginia riders!

Please join us in congratulating the horse and rider teams that are featured below for their accomplishments during 2015.  We love the versatility that is represented here, a true mix of ages, disciplines and breeds.
Lisa Vignerot and Prize Patrol
Lisa Vignerot of Stafford Virginia recently returned from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Select World Championships Show in Amarillo TX with an armful of prizes on her horse appropriately named “Prize Patrol”.  The Adequan Select World […]