WIHS to Return to Washington, D.C., Area October 24-30 as a Five-Star Event 

The Show Place Arena at Prince George's Equestrian Center will be transformed with the support of Prince George’s County, The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, and the State of Maryland to provide an outstanding exhibitor and unique spectator experience including world-class footing, hospitality, entertainment, food, and shopping. Photo by Impact Media.

Edited Press Release

WASHINGTON – April 1, 2022 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS EquestrianTM will return to the Washington, D.C., area October 24-30, 2022, as a newly approved FEI Five-Star Event, with an expanded schedule, an additional day of competition, and increased prize money. 

A prestigious event on the international equestrian calendar since 1958, WIHS highlights will include the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup, a qualifying event for the FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals, the WIHS Equitation Finals for top qualified juniors, WIHS Children’s and Adult Championships, the $25,000 Puissance high jump, top hunters, plus special events, exhibitions, and entertainment.

“I have been proud to support the Washington International Horse Show each year and their commitment to improving the sport,” said Stacia Klein, a leading trainer specializing in equitation and known for developing young jumping talent.

”We have had seven students win the WIHS Equitation Final over the years, and it’s always a staple on our annual show calendar! I am continuously impressed by their dedication to the exhibitor experience and making improvements year after year, no matter the venue. Our entire team is looking forward to the show’s return to Washington D.C., with new improvements being made to The Show Place Arena. We can’t wait to see what they have in store this year!”

Following two years in North Carolina where WIHS relocated to Tryon International Equestrian Center as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 64th edition of the historic competition will debut this year with many improvements at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC) in Upper Marlboro, Md.  

WIHS will partner with the popular National Harbor waterfront complex in nearby Oxon Hill, Md., to create a WIHS Hotel and Hospitality Campus offering exhibitors, spectators, and sponsors special access to top lodging, entertainment, and community events. 

WIHS Highlights: Monday-Sunday, October 24-30, 2022

New FEI 5* Status and USEF AA Rating

  • $868,000 in total prize money
  • $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington for the President’s Cup with AA ranking points

New Expanded Schedule

  • Show will start on Monday expanding from six to seven days
  • Daily competition on Monday-Sunday with evening classes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday allowing for a more exhibitor-friendly schedule

2022 Show Schedule

Horse-Friendly Venue With Major Upgrades

  • The Show Place Arena surface replaced with FEI-approved footing
  • New all-weather footing in several schooling arenas
  • Dedicated FEI complex with schooling
  • Access to multiple areas for schooling, longeing, plus a ticketed warm up

Exhibitor Hospitality

  • Welcome Gala at National Harbor Wednesday evening
  • Exhibitors’ Lounge with arena view
  • VIP Club tables offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Accommodation and Entertainment

  • WIHS Hospitality Campus at National Harbor
  • Reduced rates at Gaylord National Resort
  • Lower cost for stabling
  • Discounts at National Harbor restaurants, shopping, and Capital Wheel waterfront Ferris wheel

Shuttle Service

  • Shuttle service to/from National Harbor to The Show Place Arena for exhibitors

Favorites Return

  • Expect the return of the wildly fun WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races
  • Thursday: WIHS Barn Night with new contests and prizes, $75,000 Welcome Stake, $37,000 Accumulator Costume Class
  • Friday: Military Night, $75,000 Speed Final, $25,000 Puissance
  • Saturday: World Cup Night, WIHS Equitation Finals, $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup
  • Halloween Pony Hunt Teams, plus favorite vendors, historical exhibits, and special events 
WIHS is partnering with the popular National Harbor waterfront complex to create a WIHS Hotel and Hospitality Campus offering exhibitors, spectators, and sponsors special access to top lodging, entertainment, and community events, including the popular WIHS Kids’ Day. Photo by National Harbor

2022 WIHS Competition at The Show Place Arena

  • Hunter: Professional, Junior, Amateur, and Pony Hunter
  • Jumper: FEI, Low, Medium, and High Junior Amateur Jumper Divisions, $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup
  • Equitation: WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals
  • WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships

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