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.
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.
“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.’ ”
By mid-afternoon today, most riders in the WIHS Adult Amateur Championship were triple checking that their shadbellies were lint-free and hanging out with their horses. But not Jacquelyn Maggiore. She was finishing up at work in South Boston so that she could run out the door to catch a plane to get to downtown Washington D.C.
One of Farah Rizvi’s biggest goals this year was to make it to the Washington International Horse Show again. Today, she exceeded that goal when she and her pony Glynhafan Red Kestral came away with the large pony hunter and grand pony hunter championships. Rizvi also claimed the Best Child Rider Award.