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October 26, 2013

Darst Dominates The Hermes Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic

Washington D.C.—Oct. 26

Meredith “Maddy” Darst had a choice when she planned for the Hermes Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic. She could ride the seasoned equitation horse that helped her qualify for ASPCA Maclay Finals (Ky.), or she could ride a much newer partner.

She’d ridden that horse, Soldier, for the first time about a month ago at Capital Challenge (Md.). While he had miles in the hunters and derbies, Soldier didn’t have much practice in the equitation, and at 7 was still pretty green.

October 25, 2013

Sommers Makes The Most Of Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 25

Samantha Sommers figured that if she was going to travel a long way to attend Washington International, she shouldn’t waste any time while she’s here.

Sommers traveled from Mailbu, Calif., to the nation’s capital to sweep the large junior hunter, 16-17, division on Iwasaki and Reilly-owned mounts. Small Celebration earned the championship, and Small Affair took reserve. Small Celebration also tied with two other horses for the grand junior hunter title, and the judges named Sommers Best Child Rider on a Horse.

October 25, 2013

Spider-Man And Shetland Ponies Invade The Verizon Center

Washington D.C.—Oct. 24

Barn night at the Washington International Horse Show is always a favorite in the greater D.C. community, and this year there was more reason than ever for fun.

In addition to the Gambler’s Choice costume class, the show hosted the inaugural WIHS Shetland Steeplechase Races. There were two races, (the Shetland Pony Allowance Hurdle and the Shetland Pony Maiden Hurdle) and around half a dozen riders in each.

Check out the amazing photos of all the action, and don’t miss the winning rounds.

October 23, 2013

Farmer Rules The Day In The Professional Ring

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 23

Kelley Farmer made headlines this August when she became the first rider to earn $1 million in hunter earnings. Today she added a little more glitz to her haul, earning a Rolex timepiece courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box as the leading hunter rider at the Washington International.  

October 23, 2013

From Striped Rails To Braided Tails

Washington D.C.—Oct. 23

In most ways, Everly is your typical elite high performance hunter. She yanks her knees to her eyeballs, clears every fence with plenty of room to spare and shows off breathtaking movement.

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