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Washington International Horse Show Sponsors Are Vital for Continued Success

Washington, D.C. – October 17, 2006 – The 2006 Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious indoor equestrian events and plays host to some of the top horses and riders from the United States and abroad. This classic equestrian event, which offers more than $400,000 in prize money, is made possible through the generosity of numerous, dedicated sponsors involved each year.

The highlighted event of the week is the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix sponsored by Salamander Hospitality, LLC. One of show jumping’s most coveted titles will be at stake as competitors race against the clock over challenging obstacles during the grand prix, which will be held on Saturday evening, October 28, 2006. The qualifier for this event is made possible by the generosity of Monarch International, the owner and publisher of Show Circuit magazine.

Numerous Washington area sponsors and media partners help attract local spectators and bring a unique flair to the show. Competitors benefit from the added enthusiasm of the large crowd in attendance that continues to grow each year. The Washington International Horse Show has a reputation of being a very well managed show, and these top sponsors allow the show to maintain these expectations year after year.

The show supports some of the most sought after titles in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Exhibitors compete all year in an effort qualify for classes and divisions held during the Washington International Horse Show. Some of these titles include the Leading Hunter Award, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Austin Kiplinger. The Kiplingers also sponsor the WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Finals. Shalanno Farm sponsors the Style of Riding Award, Ernie and Betty Oare support the leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Riding Award, and The Keshishian Family sponsor the Best Child Rider Award. In addition, the Reid Family sponsors the Best Child Rider in the Pony Division, and Champion Shavings provides support for the Grand Champion Pony Award.

The Grand Champion Junior Hunter Award will be sponsored by the Dobbs Group, and Lynn Ellen Rice will offer her support with the Grand Champion Hunter Award.

Southern States, the Official Feed of the WIHS, provides hay and grain for all competitors, while Legg Mason supplies all ring crew uniforms. JPC are the official breeches and jodhpurs of the 2006 Washington International Horse Show, and Horse Watch will once again provide the Groom’s Award, which honors those that work behind the scenes and prepare horses for competition in the show ring.

Key Hunter and Equitation division sponsors include: Gotham North, sponsor of the Small Pony Hunter division; Stadium Jumping, Inc., sponsor of the Amateur-Owner Hunter division (18-35); and Chateau St. Michelle and the Murray Kessler Family, who sponsor the Amateur-Owner Hunter division (35 and Older). Small Junior Hunters are supported by Far Niente Stables, LLC, Lake Placid Horse Show sponsors the Small Junior Hunter Stake (16-17), and the Goutal Family sponsors the Large Junior Hunter Stake (16-17). The Large and Small Junior Handy Hunters will be made possible by Pat Carlton, while Tad Coffin Performance Saddles will host the WIHS Equitation Finals.

In the Jumper classes, Berkeley Underwriting Partners, LLC and StarNet Insurance will bring the much anticipated Gambler’s Choice class back this year. Canadian National (CN) will sponsor the Amateur-Owner Jumper division, the King-Kaplan family will contribute to the Junior Jumper division, and Allen Richards Company will sponsor the always competitive Accumulator Class. Transamerica Insurance and Investment Group and The Weinberg Brokerage Group are the presenting sponsors in the Open Jumpers.

In addition to the hunter, jumper, and equitation competition in the show ring, the WIHS also presents unique exhibitions and events for spectators. The Ladies Side Saddle Stake, which is a new evening event this year, is made possible through the support of Monica and Hermen Greenberg, Maureen Hanley, and Foxchase Farm.

The Jumbotron, supported by Crawford Communications, allows the audience to get up close and personal to exhibitors during the show, and the ever popular Barn Night is sponsored by Practical Horseman, USHJA, UlcerGard, The Equiery, Gaithersburg Equipment Company, and The Loft at Meadowbrook. WIHS Local Weekend, a highlight for horse lovers in the local area, is made possible by The Tack Box, Inc., Pedigree, Phillips Family, EquiFit, Inc. and Charles Owen Helmets.

EMO Insurance Agency, Inc will provide breakfast in the exhibitors lounge. Other contributors to 2006 Washington International Horse Show include: J.Aron Charitable Foundation, Anne Meyer, The Lindner Family, Tara Management, Davlyn Farms, Cornell University, Ain and Bank, Rill and Decker, Potomac Valley Builders, US Trust, The Phillips Family Foundation, McGuire Woods, LLP, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Esse and the Ritz Carlton. Additional Patrons include: Bickmore, Clif Bar, Cowboy Magic, EZ Show, Foggy Mountain Dog Coats, Gaithersburg Equipment Company, Grand Meadows, Journeymen, and Mars Candy,

Media Partners include NBC4, The Washington Post, Metro, Practical Horseman, The Chronicle of the Horse, The Gazette, MIX 107.3 WASH, Washington Spaces and Washington Life, Business Wire, The Equine Journal, Press Link PR, Phelps Media Group, PhelpsSports.com, Pennsylvania Equestrian, Reins and Manes, Horse News, Bridle and Bit, In Stride, VA Horse Journal, Sidelines, Plaid Horse and Today’s Equestrian.

The equestrian community, WIHS management, and the WIHS Board of Directors wish to recognize and thank the entire list of sponsors who continue to support the 2006 Washington International Horse Show and make this preeminent equestrian event a huge success year after year.

To find out more about our sponsors and the Washington International Horse Show, please visit http://www.wihs.org.


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