The Washington International Horse Show is a championship event with approximately 600 horses and riders competing for more than $480,000 in prize money and championship titles. Highlights of the event include adrenaline-fueled show jumpers, dancing dressage horses, classic equitation, picture-perfect hunters and action-packed barrel races, and humorous terrier races. Exhibitions contribute to the fun atmosphere of the show and are always a big hit for riders and non-equestrians alike.
Dates: October 24-29, 2017
Capital One Arena
7th and F Sts., NW
Two performances daily except Sunday
Day (Tues-Sat): 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Evening: (Tues-Sat): 7-10:30 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
For a detailed schedule, see the official site.
Tickets and Pricing
Tuesday-Wednesday: Day $15; Evening $20; VIP $40
Daytime: $15 General Admission. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free before 5 p.m.
Evening: $20 Adult Reserved, $40 VIP Tickets, $10 Children 12 & Under Reserved, $20 Children 12 & Under VIP Tickets. VIP seats include premium arena-level seating and a complimentary WIHS program book.
Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com or call (202) 397-SEAT.
- Barn Night, on Thursday, features an evening of family-fun activities, coupled with a top international equestrian competition. A favorite among families and horse lovers of all ages, the WIHS event includes: A High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed competition; The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Races, which gives fans the chance to cheer on youngster jockeys (ages 7 -16); the $20,000 Gambler’s Choice Show Jumping Costume Class Competition, Autograph signing with the nation’s top riders and the 'Buck Breast Cancer' party, which a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Capital Breast Care Center.
- Saturday is Kid's Day, which has free admission and kicks off at 10 a.m. with horseshoe painting with the Caisson platoon, face painting and bling tattoos, and more until 2 p.m. In addition to watching talented equestrians of all ages compete in a unique indoor arena setting, WIHS welcomes audiences to browse shops, enjoy delicious snacks and mingle with horse enthusiasts.
- During the President's Cup Grand Prix on Saturday night, leading riders from around the world will compete for $125,000 in prize money. Watch and cheer as some of the world's greatest riders and most athletic horses navigate a course of 1.60 meters that is both challenging in height and technicality.
- On Sunday, the best ponies in the country will compete in three height divisions. The fan favorites are always fun to watch as they trot, canter, and jump their way to championship ribbons.