Articles: Press Release
Professional Bull Riders Tour (PBR) U.S. Capitol Invitational sets the
stage for the 2005 Washington International Horse Show
PHOTO CREDIT: A great turnout for the PBR Challenger Tour on Sunday
night at the MCI Center, Washington, D.C. Photo by Diana DeRosa
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
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Washington, D.C. - October 23, 2005 - A Sunday evening gathering of over
8000 excited bull riding fans turned out for the inaugural U.S. Capitol
Invitational at the beautiful MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Part of
the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company's Professional Bull Riders Challenger
Tour, the event featured 40 of the best PBR riders battling the rankest
bucking bulls in the industry in their first ever appearance in our
nation's Capitol. More than $18,000 in prize money was offered as all
forty riders competed in round one and then the top ten returned for the
The all new PBR event set the stage for the 2005 Washington
International Horse Show which is scheduled to get underway on Tuesday
morning at 7:00am. The Washington International, the nation's premiere
indoor equestrian showcase, features Olympic riders from around the
world competing in exciting show jumping action, plus the classic beauty
of show hunters and the tough and demanding tests of the coveted WIHS
The nightly prime time programs at the MCI Center also feature the
wonderfully popular Jack Russell Terrier Races, fast and furious barrel
racing and the elegant beauty of world class dressage competitions.
"This is without a doubt the greatest field of open jumper riders at the
Washington International Horse Show in the last fifteen to twenty
years," said WIHS manager Hugh Kincannon.
The $100,000 President's Cup sponsored by Salamander Hospitality, LLC
highlights this year's jumper division and will take place on Saturday
night, October 29, 2005.
Other exciting jumper action includes the $25,000 International-Open
Jumper Time First Jump-off, a President's Cup Qualifier, sponsored by
Split Rock Farm and the Braun Family on Friday, October 28th and the
$20,000 International-Open Jumper Time First Round, sponsored by Monarch
International/Show Circuit Magazine on Thursday afternoon, October 27th,
also a President's Cup Qualifier, Also on the agenda for 2005 is the
$20,000 International-Open Gambler's Choice on Thursday evening.
The all new AOL.com Night at the Washington International Horse Show
features two exciting show jumping events, the $20,000
International-Open Jumper Accumulator and the $25,000 AOL.com
International Open Puissance classes.
It's a fun filled week you won't want to miss. Visit www.wihs.org
to find out more about what's happening all week
at this year's Washington International Horse Show.
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW
Washington International Horse Show Media Credentials Available Online
Media interested in covering the WIHS can apply for accreditation
through the official website www.wihs.org . The
WIHS will accept any legitimate requests for applications, even if
received after the deadline of October 10th.
If you would like to cover the WIHS, please fill out the accreditation
form at http://www.wihs.org/news/media.cfm.
Washington International Horse Show - (Office) 16063 Comprint Circle,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 - 301-987-9400 Fax: 301-987-9461 - www.wihs.org
- Susan Webb - Susie@wihs.org
During Show at MCI Center: 202-661-5227 - Fax: 202-661-5228 - Web Site:
www.wihs.org (#s TBD)
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SPONSORS: Salamander Hospitality, LLC, RLJ Development, Mignon C. Smith,
Washington Mystics, Monarch International/Show Circuit Magazine,Gotham
North, Arwen Stables, The Braun Family, Stadium Jumping, Inc.,
Salamander Resort & Spa, J. Aron Charitable Foundation, Newstead Farm,
Legg Mason Funds, MasterfoodsUSA, Shalanno Farm, Tara Management, JPC
Equestrian, ITS Industries, Ernie & Betty Oare, Pennfield Feeds, Linda
C. Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Kiplinger, S. Craig & Frances Lindner,
Chris Rogers/Hillary Stiff, EMO Insurance Agency, Inc., Tad Coffin
Performance Saddles, The Tack Box, Inc., Pat Carleton, Phillips Family
Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. David Pollin, Rill & Decker, Potomac Valley
Builders, Tony Weight, USTrust, Lilly Elizabeth & Stella Gray Pollin,
Lake Placid Horse Shows, Delaware Park Racing Association, Keshishian
Family, McGuire Woods, LLP, Horse Watch
MEDIA PARTNERS: NBC4 - Metro - Practical Horseman - The Gazette - The
Journal - The Chronicle of the Horse - Equiery - WAMU 88.5 FM - The
Washington Post - MIX 107.3 FM - Sidelines - Horse Talk - 97.1 Wash-FM -
The Washington Times - Primedia Equine Network- 98.7 WMZQ- Washington
Life Magazine- Press Link PR- Towerheads- Phelps Media Group, Inc.-
Virginia Equestrian- Reins & Manes- Equine Journal
Publications interested in covering the Washington International Horse
Show can fill out an accreditation form at www.wihs.org
ABOUT THE MCI CENTER: The MCI Center offers sponsors luxury
hospitality, an upscale spectator base, prime media exposure, and a
highly-visible corporate presence.
SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES: Thursday Evening's Performance, WIHS Equitation
Classic, WIHS Championships, $20,000 Gambler's Choice, Junior Jumper
Division, Amateur Owner Jumper Division, WIHS Pony Equitation,
Exhibitor's Lounge,$25,000 Open Jumpers - Friday, $15,000 Open Jumper
Speed Class - Saturday, Small Junior Hunter Divisions, Large Junior
Hunter Divisions, Pony Hunter Divisions, Lunches for Judges & Officials,
Leading Jumper Rider Award, Exhibitors Numbers, Hunter Divisions, Soda &
Snacks For Exhibitors, Individual Hunter Classes, and Individual Pony
-English Style Horse Show Spectators & competitors have one of the
richest income/economic demographics of any sports audience.
-USEF members average HHI - $134,500 - net worth $955,400 -
Professional/managerial positions - 60%
27 million Americans ride a horse at least once a year - More than 10%
of U.S. households currently participate in riding - 2,000,000+ people
currently own horses - An additional 18% of U.S. households have an
interest in riding - 33% of American households own/ride horses or would
like to own/ride horses - 2/3 of current horse owners own more than one
-The MCI Center offers sponsors luxury hospitality, an upscale spectator
base, prime media exposure, and a highly-visible corporate presence.
-With everything from shopping at the specialty vendor booths and
bidding on silent auction items to cheering on Olympic riders, the WIHS
combines affordable family fun, shopping, glamour and international
-The WIHS is a charitable organization; proceeds donated to local and
national charities. Past recipients include: CRPF, NBC4s Camp 4 Kids,
Canine Companions for Independence, ASPCA, Children's Inn at the
National Institutes of Health, Partners in Education, Community Services
for Autistic Adults & Children, National Center For Therapeutic Riding,
- This year's chief charity for 2005 is the Starlight Starbright
Children's Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, the foundation is
dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their
families. Their website is www.slsb.org .
The 47th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has served as
one of the world's elite show jumping competitions since its genesis in
1958. From its birthplace at the DC Armory, to the Capital Centre, and
now at the state-of-the-art MCI Center, the WIHS brings the "country to
the city" every October with Olympic horses and riders competing
throughout the 6 days of competition for some of the most coveted and
prestigious awards in the world.
The Washington International Horse Show takes place each year at the MCI
Center, Washington, DC. The musical freestyle dressage exhibitions by
top dressage riders are a crowd favorite. Musical freestyle dressage is
often referred to as "dancing on horseback" since riders and horses
perform a routine of complex movements - all to the beat of music.
Each year, equestrians from all across the US competed in horse shows to
qualify to compete at Washington. The world's top riders fly their
multi-million dollar equine athletes to Washington to view for top
honors in this world class show jumping event.
The Washington International Horse Show is a great place to start
shopping for the holiday season with amazing bargains in both the Silent
Auction and at the 60-plus specialty vendor booths along the concourse
of the MCI Center. To view information about this year's specialty
vendors and descriptions of their products, visit www.wihs.org
WIHS EQUITATION QUALIFYING INFORMATION
Competitors must be WIHS members for qualifying points to count.
Membership forms and Show Application Equitation forms may be downloaded
at www.wihs.org - or contact Ryegate Show
Services, 717-867-5643 - firstname.lastname@example.org
RULES & REGULATIONS (new for 2005): Riders must be members of the WIHS
Equitation to earn points in the standings.
The WIHS Equitation and Washington Pony Equitation are open to USEF and
CEF member shows that request an application to hold an equitation
Shows must apply 30 days prior to the start of the show in order to
offer the equitation class(es). Upon receipt of the application, the
show contact will be mailed all pertinent forms.
Completed results forms and payment ($7.00 fee per rider in each class)
must be returned to the Ryegate office within 10 days from the
conclusion of the recognized horse show.
Qualifying period: shows starting on or after September 1st through
shows starting on or before August 31st. The top 30 riders in the WIHS
Equitation and the top 25 riders in the Washington Pony Equitation will
be invited to compete in the Finals at the Washington International
Multi-day horse shows are permitted to hold either a one or two phase
WIHS equitation qualifier. One-day horse shows are only allowed to hold
a one-phase event. Washington Pony Equitation Classes may only be held
as one phase.
The WIHS Equitation classes are open to junior members of USEF or CEF.
Three riders must complete the course for the class to be included in
the National Ranking.
* The same horse must be used in all phases of the event...No
* One rider per horse, unless the judge requests a change.
* Classes to be judged in accordance with the current USEF
standards for equitation.
* Riders may only compete in one WIHS Equitation class at a show.
* Splitting of classes must be in accordance with USEF Article