Washington, DC – On Saturday, October 29, 2011, as Olympians and their horses get ready for the President’s Cup Grand Prix and junior riders practice in the schooling ring to compete at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a team will be erecting a tent on F Street outside Verizon Center and the Hotel Monaco for WIHS Kids’ Day, to be held from 10am-2pm. This free, family-friendly event will offer kids an opportunity to ride and meet ponies and learn about equestrian sport.
-WIHS Kids’ Day will host free pony rides
-Meadowbrook Stable will host a grooming station
-Horse shoe painting with the U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon
-Book nook and arts and crafts hosted by Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
-See a real pony being painted by a Native American artist!
-Special appearance by Klinger, the Caisson horse.
-Catch the free Reston Limousine shuttle bus to and from NMAI
-Face painting, bling tattoos, drawings to win prizes and more!
“Some of the nation’s greatest sporting events have days just for kids. Celebrating horse sport and introducing it to youth is what WIHS Kids’ Day is all about. This is a fun way to engage the local community and share some of the magic of the show.” said Diana Hosford, Marketing and Community Relations Director for WIHS.
WIHS Kids’ Day is sponsored in part by the The EQUUS Foundation. “The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to building a more compassionate America that values the magical and powerful bond we have with horses,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman of the Board of The EQUUS Foundation. “Kids’ Day at the Washington International Horse Show is a wonderful way to share the unique abilities horses have to empower, teach, and heal.”
About the Washington International Horse Show www.wihs.org
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings Olympic champions and top competitors from around the world to the nation’s capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix - a World Cup Qualifier, the Puissance high jump competition; and WIHS Equitation Championship Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Special exhibitions, boutique shopping, Kids' Day and community activities round out this family-friendly event. Since its debut, the Washington International has been a Washington, DC institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization, is headquartered in Washington, DC.