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Washington International Horse Show

October 30, 2016

The Gochman Sisters Give The Ponies A Winning Goodbye

Washington D.C.—Oct. 30   

Beginning 2011 and 2012, Mimi and Sophie Gochman entered the Verizon Center and demonstrated their presence in the pony hunter divisions. But this year, the capital city represented a closing of a chapter, as the two hang up their jodhpurs for good with their under 14.2 mounts.

“I was really hoping to make this day memorable since it’s my last day on the ponies,” said Sophie.

October 29, 2016

A Capital Win For Lauren Hough Sets In Motion Her World Cup Goals

Washington D.C.—Oct. 29

Lauren Hough hasn’t taken part in the pomp and circumstance of FEI World Cup Final since 2010. But six years later, she's got Omaha clearly in her sights.

And by capturing the coveted President’s Cup trophy for the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup CSI-W, she and Ohlala (Orlando—Carrera, Cardento) took one positive step further to achieving that goal.

October 29, 2016

Holloway’s A Washington Bridesmaid No More

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 29

She’s been third. She’s been second. And this year Hunter Holloway finally led the victory gallop for the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Final.

Holloway led the class from start to finish ,winning all three rounds to win over Madison Goetzmann, with Lucy Deslauriers slipping from second to third after the work-off. 

October 29, 2016

Riders That Train Together, Win Together

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 29

Intra-barn competition can prove to be awkward at times. What happens when one barn mate beats the other one, or vice versa? Rivalry? Unspoken competition and tension? Not for Madison Goetzmann and Katherine Strauss who both tied to take home the championship honors in the high junior/amateur owner jumper division at the Washington International Horse Show.

And while both competitive riders training with John and Beezie Madden, the close competition actually brings them together instead of create a rift.

October 27, 2016

What’s That Grand Prix Rider Doing In A Clown Outfit?

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 27  

When you see big-time jumper riders walking around downtown D.C. wearing capes and grease paint, it can only mean one thing: it’s barn night–and the costume class!—at the Washington International Horse Show.

Skip right to the awesome photos here.

October 26, 2016

Dignelli Doubles Up On Indoors Wins

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 26

What do you do after you win a major class at the one of the fall indoor horse shows? If you’re Dean Dignelli you do it again the next comptition. 

Dignelli piloted Redefin to his second big win in as many weeks when he topped the WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Championship at the Washington International, having earned blue the week before at the Pennsylvania National. He outran Tequila Girl and Elizabeth Porath in the jump-off for the top check.

October 26, 2016

Virginia Fout Shows Off Her Finesse In Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 26  

“When I first started doing the hunters, I’d go in the junior hunters, at like Upperville, and [the line] would be an outside line in six strides,” said Virginia Fout of her early showing days. “I’d do it in five. But it looked good. I didn’t look crazy. And I’d come out of the ring, and Pam [Baker] would go, ‘Child you can ride, we just need to give you some finesse.’ ”

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