Is DC Horse Country?!

Read what went on as all things equestrian converged last weekend at the Verizon Center for the 2014 Washington International Horse Show.

The 2014 Washington International Horse Show brought a wide range of events and competitions to the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.) this past week.

Whether you’re an equestrian expert or a newbie to the horse world, the Washington International Horse Show is an experience to be had. Top international riders of all ages competed for prize money and recognition. Since 1958, the show has brought together horse competition and entertainment. In between shows, there were also more than 50 boutiques for people to shop to their heart’s content.

DC Life Magazine took in the show on Friday night for the show’s fourth annual Military Night presented by The Boeing Company. International riders competed in the Speed Final and later in the Puissance competition, a wall-jumping challenge that crowns the winner by whatever horse and rider doesn’t knock the wall down. Jessica Springsteen and Lisona took home the $25,000 Puissance.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization that helps those grieving over the loss of a loved one in the Armed Forces, also had a booth set up on the concourse for guests to learn more about the organization. Throughout the night, people were encouraged to text to donate money to benefit TAPS.

Ariat, the American manufacturer of riding boots and other equipment and apparel intended for equestrians, sponsored the 2014 Klinger Award Perpetual Award for Honor and Service that was presented Friday night. The 2014 winner was Coach Lelac Almagor and the KIPP DC Riding Team. The award was created last year in honor of Klinger, a horse who has served with the third U.S. Infantry Regiment Caisson Platoon.

There was action happening in more than just the arena. The concourse was filled with various vendors selling everything from clothes, jewelry, and boots to horse saddles. Notable designers such as Jack Wills and Saratoga Stalls were on display for purchase.

Families, couples, and friends all came out to kick-off their weekend with the horses. With so much to see, there’s no wonder the Verizon Center was one of the most packed places in DC over the weekend.

About Author /

Gigi Smith is the chief editor of DC Life Magazine, a publication specializing in cultural diversity for social change in the nation's capital.

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