Thursday, October 23, 2014

Photo Recap: 56th Annual Washington International Horse Show

Andrew Januzzi atop Windsor (#322)

I don't have many regrets in life; but I must admit, I always wanted to ride a horse. Last night only amplified that desire (can you say bucket list?) Why the sudden longing? Was Seabiscuit (great movie) on HBO? Maybe (who has time to check?) but I was at Verizon Center for the 56th annual Washington International Horse Show, perhaps DC's most interesting and unique event for the month of October.

If you're used to visiting Verizon to see the Caps, Wizards and occasional concert... the WIHS takes some getting used to. For starters, F Street (between 7th and 6th Streets, NW) is transformed into an enormous barn. Then there's the vast interior to consider: Say adieu to the hardwood and ice, and hello to dirt. For six days, the nation's capital plays host to a who's who of the top horses and riders in the world (without having to run 10 furlongs.) There's still plenty of time to experience it for yourself, beginning with today's highly-anticipated Barn Night. Click here to purchase tickets. The WISH continues at Verizon Center through Sunday, October 26th. Ride 'Em Cowboy!

Rachel Okun performs the National Anthem

"Paving the way" for the main event

Inspecting the grounds

Bari Friedman atop Land Cruiser (#148)

Nicole Lyvere atop Arizona VDL (#205)

Lexi Maounis atop Whisper (#725)

Andrew Januzzi atop Windsor (#322)

Rachel Boggus atop Wiedam (#696)

Kenya Greenburg atop Orion's Isis (#824)

Taegan Long atop Pocohontas (#229) won the Children's Jumper Championship