Washington, DC - The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), the leading year-end championship horse show in the country, is pleased to announce the election of Gregory W. Gingery of McLean, VA and Wellington, FL, as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show will take place October 26-31, 2010, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Gingery, who has been on the WIHS board since 2008, previously served as WIHS president (1994-1996) and Vice Chairman (1995-1996). He also served as Chairman of the Maryland Horse Industry Board from 1998-2003. Gingery joins the current WIHS leadership of Juliet W. Reid, President; Eric L. Straus, Chief Executive Officer; and Anthony F. Hitchcock, Chief Operating Officer.
“We are honored and thrilled to have Greg accept the role of Chairman of the Washington International,” said Reid. “His proven business acumen and years of working in Washington, D.C., plus his intimate knowledge of the horse industry and WIHS will help us meet the demands of producing a world-class event. With Greg’s commitment and that of the entire board of directors, I feel confident WIHS will be poised to meet any challenges that may come our way.”
Gingery is a co-trustee of the Donald E. Gingery Trust and is a principal of the Gingery Development Group, which has been developing real estate in the Washington area since 1938. For the past 30 years, he has co-administered a portfolio of several million square feet of Gingery-owned commercial, industrial, retail and multifamily properties and a 1,500-acre farming facility. A landmark transaction was the firm’s sale of the $83 million Franklin Tower, Washington’s premier corporate address, which houses the Washington headquarters of Chevron, Reynolds Metals, United Technologies, Anheuser Busch, Shell Oil, Microsoft, Womble Carlyle and other international firms.
Gingery is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School and Villanova University. From 1968 to 1971, he served as a 1st Lieutenant, Artillery, in the United States Marine Corps, in Washington and in Vietnam, and holds The Bronze Star Medal. Gingery’s personal interests include foxhunting, show jumping, sailing and traveling. He is a member of The Potomac Hunt Club, The Keswick Hunt, The New York Athletic Club and the International Polo Club of Palm Beach, FL.
Photo Credit: With ringmaster John Franzreb (left) and WIHS CEO Eric Straus (middle), Washington International Horse Show Chairman Gregory W. Gingery (right), of McLean, VA and Wellington, FL presents a keepsake to Todd Minikus (mounted), winner of the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix at the 2009 Washington International at Verizon Center. Diana De Rosa Photo
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, boutique shopping and educational and community events round out this family-friendly show. 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. WIHS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, is headquartered in Washington, D.C.