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Tickets for 50th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show Now Available

Washington, D.C. - September 8, 2008 - Tickets for the 50th anniversary of the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) are now on sale. The WIHS is the highlight of the equestrian calendar and one of the most prestigious competitions in North America. It features the top hunters and jumpers, including Olympic champions, competing for more than $400,000 in prize money. The event will take place Tuesday through Sunday, October 21-26, 2008 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Two sessions are held daily Tuesday though Saturday and one session will be held on Sunday. Datime competition begins at 7:00 A.M. and concludes by 5:00 P.M. Evening performances start at 7:00 P.M. and run through approx. 10:30 P.M. On Sunday, competition will run from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Beginning at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, WIHS and Autism Speaks will host a special event, Day of Champions, showcasing therapeutic riding. There is no charge for this event.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 202-397-SEAT. For Group Sales, please call 202-661-5061.

For more information about the Washington International Horse Show, please visit http://www.wihs.org.


NOTE: All weekday daytime performances will be general admission only with one level of ticket pricing. The Saturday daytime performance will be reserved seating only. VIP Tickets include an Official Souvenir Program Book, $10 value. End times approximate.

TICKETS are available at TICKETMASTER.COM or by calling 202-397-SEAT.

GROUP SALES: 202-661-5061

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Day (7:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.) - $15 General Admission

Evening (7:00-11:00 P.M.) - $20 Reserved Seating, $40 VIP Reserved Seating

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Day (7:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.) - $15 General Admission

Evening (6:30-10:30 P.M.) - $20 Reserved Seating; $40 VIP Reserved Seating

Thursday, Oct. 23

Day (7:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.) - $15 General Admission

Evening (7:00-11:00 P.M.) - $30 Reserved Seating, $50 VIP Reserved Seating

Friday, Oct. 24

Day (7:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.) - $15 General Admission

Evening (7:00-11:00 P.M.) - $40 Reserved Seating, $70 VIP Reserved Seating

Saturday, Oct. 25

Day (7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.) - $20 Reserved Seating

Evening (7:00-10:30 P.M.) - $40 Reserved Seating, $70 VIP Reserved Seating

Sunday, Oct. 26

Day (7:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.) - $15 General Admission

Day (2:00-4:00 P.M.) - Special Autism Speaks Event, "Day of Champions" - No admission charge


Group Sales (a group is 10 or more) - Discount of $5 off the regular prices for all performance and off VIP ticket price except for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Thursday evening Barn Night groups must complete an application in order to be eligible for prizes. Group Sales: 202-661-5061

Anytime Package - $100 (value $255) Regular admission for each performance (not necessarily the same seat for each performance). VIP seating not included.

Military/Seniors - Discount of $5 off ticket price for military and seniors. Valid for any performance with proper identification.

Metro Card Holders (anyone presenting a bus or rail metro card) - Discount of $5 off the regular ticket price. Valid for any performance. VIP seating not included.



50th anniversary Washington International Horse Show, a championship equestrian event


October 21-26, 2008 (Tuesday - Sunday)


Horse-crazy or not, if you like championship sport and fast-paced entertainment and fun, this is the event for you. 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 $415,000 in prize money and championship titles. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunters and equitation during the six-day show. Special exhibitions, unique shopping in 55 boutiques and a Pony Pavilion with free pony rides (Sat.) round out this family-friendly show.

WIHS, a 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.


Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW (7th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C., home of the Washington International Horse Show since 2000, as well as professional and college sports teams including the NBA Wizards, the NHL Capitals, the WNBA Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas, concerts, family shows and sporting events.


Take Metrorail or Metrobus to Gallery Place-Chinatown for an easy trip to the show.


$100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, Sat. evening

$25,000 Puissance (high-jump), Fri. evening


Terrier Races

Pony Pavilion with pony rides (free event), Sat. 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Autism Speaks' "Day of Champions," a celebration of special needs children and therapeutic riding (free event), Sun. 2:00-4:00 P.M.


Tickets go on sale September 2, and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or call 202-397-SEAT

Groups: Organize a group outing to the show with your barn, club, team, school, church, or group of friends. For Group Ticket Sales, contact the Verizon Center Group Sales Department at (202) 661-5061. Group Sales can assist you with ticket discounts along with no service charge, special seating arrangements, promotional materials when available, and personalized service.

Two performances are held daily except Sunday. Day (Tues-Sat): 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Sunday 7:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M; Evening: (Tues-Sat): 7:00-10:30 P.M. (ending times approx.)


Over the years, notable guests included Alice Roosevelt Langford, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline 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.


Washington International Horse Show

16063 Comprint Circle

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


301-987-9461 Fax




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