Washington, DC -The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), the leading year-end championship horse show in the country, is pleased to announce the popular kid-centric Barn Night will return to the show schedule Thursday Oct. 28, 2010. The 52nd Annual Washington International Horse Show will take place Oct. 26-31 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Starting at 6:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 28, WIHS will welcome local barns and horse enthusiasts for Barn Night 2010. Barn Night offers an exciting evening for riders, their barn mates, friends, and families to celebrate equestrian sport and pay tribute to those that excel at all levels of hunter-jumper competition.
"We are creating an unforgettable night of exhilarating competition and special exhibitions by equestrian stars, as well as fabulous contests for kids and teens with special prizes," said show CEO, Eric Straus.
The traditional Largest Group Contest will have an Overall Grand Prize of a Kawasaki Mule courtesy of Gaithersburg Equipment Company. The three individual largest groups (Maryland, Virginia, and Other States-and-DC) each will receive an Electro-Groom horse vacuum cleaner from Dover Saddlery.
"We are proud to announce our first nationwide WIHS Video Competition as a way for horse lovers to showcase their animals, friendships and video creativity," said Straus. The Video Contest prize package will be awarded on Barn Night and includes a Flip Slide HD Pocket Video Camera and VIP Verizon Center Acela Club Ticket and Dinner Package.
Additional events include Banner and Costume Contests with the winners of both of these contests receiving a Muck Bucket filled with great products for the barn from Dover Saddlery. There are fun activities and events for people of all ages to enjoy.
Barn night will be better than ever thanks to the support of the Kellogg Family, Gaithersburg Equipment Company, Dover Saddlery, and media partners, The Equiery and Virginia Horse Journal.
Special group tickets packages are available at the Verizon Center Box Office or by calling the Verizon Center Group Sales Desk at (202) 661-5061.
About the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS)
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. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Special exhibitions, Kids Day, Barn Night, World of the Horse, boutique shopping and educational and community events round out this family-friendly show. Since its debut, the Washington International has been a popular Washington, DC, fixture visited by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. WIHS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.wihs.org.
Article and photos by Diana DeRosa