Horses often connect us to so many beautiful things. They play prominent characters in beloved fairy tales and stories about heroism throughout history. They fill our hearts when we see them at visits to farms and horse races across the country. And now, The Washington International Horse Show brings a stunning horse showcase to the Capital One Arena October 22 to 27.
This event brings world-class equestrian competition including top riders, Olympic veterans, and superstar horses for events like show jumping, education, shopping, and more.
Washington International Horse Show Event Highlights
Police On Horses: Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 am.
Join WIHS in front of Hotel Monaco (700 F Street NW) for breakfast and to see the stunning sight of police on horses. A buffet breakfast served outside will also include treats for the horses! This is a great opportunity to meet officers and their mounts.
Halloween on Horseback: Thursday, October 24 at 7:00pm.
Celebrate Halloween with the horses on Barn Night with jumping competition, plus contests and prizes for guests! Riders can go all out for their costumes during this event including painting their horse and wearing masks.
Free Kids Event: Saturday, October 26 at 10:00am.
Bring the kids to this free, family friendly event! Children participate in hands-on activities including pony rides, coloring station, face painting, pony brushing lessons, plus giveaways from Georgetown Cupcake. There’s even a pony kissing booth with Mini Cooper, the mini pony! Activity stations will be in front of the Hotel Monaco as well as on the Capital One Arena concourse (rain or shine).
Interview with Vicki Lowell, President of WIHS
We also got a great opportunity to chat with WIHS President, Vicki Lowell who shared some of her thoughts about the show with us.
What is one of your favorite events during the show?
One of my favorite events is the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races which takes place on Thursday and Saturday evenings. I love the young jockeys and their furry ponies bravely galloping around the ring with such fearless determination and the crowd is always so enthusiastic! I think every kid and adult can relate to this event. It brings out the inner child in all of us!
This event has a lot of great programming for kids and families. What do you hope these families or kids take away from attending?
WIHS Kids Day is another wonderful event which allows all kids who come and have a chance to ride a pony, groom a pony, and hug a pony. Kids can also get their face painted and watch the ponies showing in the arena – all for free. I hope families and kids take away that horses and ponies are accessible and can change your life.
How can fans of the event stay involved with the organization when the show is not in town?
Fans can stay engaged in the event on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. They can also catch up on all of the action on demand on the USEFnetwork at USEF.org. Fans can sign up for a free fan membership to US Equestrian to watch using the promo code WIHS19.
General admission starts at $25. Kids Day on October 26 is free.
Capital One Arena and Hotel Monaco
Gallery Place – Chinatown (red, green, yellow)