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Dobbs Wins Leading Open Jumper Rider two years running at WIHS

Washington, DC October 26, 2008 -- Hillary Dobbs, last year's Leading Open Jumper Rider, kept her winning form at the Washington International Horse Show by winning it for the title for the second consectutive year. She did this by taking the blue ribbon in the $20,000 Gambler's Choice aboard Marengo, her horse that won two classes last year. For an interview with Hillary Dobbs or photos call 927-584-8385. Photos available.

Rising star Dobbs, 19, of Sussex, N.J. and Palm Beach, FL, daughter of CNN reporter Lou Dobbs, won the $20,000 International Open Jumper class. The top three finishers in the class jumped without fault, but Dobbs, who attends Harvard full time, won on Marengo in a time of 35.58 seconds. She defeated Minikus, of Loxahatchee, Fla., who placed second on Pavarotti; and Jill Henselwood, of Oxford Mills, Ontario, who placed third on Black Ice. Henselwood helped Canada to an Olympic silver medal this past summer in Hong Kong.

Hillary Dobbs rounded out the week with her third win in the open jumpers aboard Marengo in the $20,000 Hit and Hurry class. Her incredible success gave her the Leading Open Jumper Rider title for the second year in a row. Angel Karolyi was named the Leading International Rider.

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation's capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles.

WIHS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is proud to partner with the National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks, an organization working to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. 

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a popular Washington D.C. fixture visited by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages.

The Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW (7th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C., is the home of the Washington International Horse Show since 2000, Over the years, notable guests included Alice Roosevelt Langford, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Gerald R. Ford, General William Westmoreland, Christopher Reeve, John Cleese, Bruce Springsteen, William Shatner, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Arthur Godfrey and many more.

Show memories abound, including in 1970, a carriage marathon with horse-drawn vehicles parading to the White House to give Mrs. Nixon a carriage ride around the South Lawn of the Executive Mansion. The standing North American indoor Puissance (high jump) record of 7 feet 7 1/2 inches was set at Washington in 1983 by Anthony D'Ambrosio and Sweet N' Low. In 2003 Christopher Reeve, in his last public appearance, made a memorable and moving speech at the show, receiving a six-minute standing ovation.


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