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Horse Shows + Equestrian Events

A Spectator’s Guide to the Washington International Horse Show

    If you’re heading to The Washington International Horse Show, get ready for a day of high-flying hooves and heart-pounding jumps! WIHS is a premier equestrian event that appeals to horse enthusiasts, casual spectators, and families alike to witness the splendor of world-class horsemanship. As a spectator, attending the WIHS is more than just a day out – it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the… Read More »A Spectator’s Guide to the Washington International Horse Show

    Kama Godek and her horse as Equestrian Barbie

    Horse and Rider Costumes

      Each year, some of the world’ best riders and their horses, dress up in costume to compete in a Costume Accumulator class, held at the Washington International Horse Show. International Jumpers kick off the first of three nights of exciting jumping with the Welcome Stake, followed by a crowd favorite, the Accumulator Costume Class. This is where the top riders get to show their sense of… Read More »Horse and Rider Costumes

      Getting Back in the Show Ring

        I’ve been waiting a LONG time for this! I haven’t been in the show ring since since I was 10 years old. Back then I was riding Western and let’s just say that my prior show experience was not stellar. If you can imagine all manner of mishaps (loose girth, saddle drifting sideways, pony rearing up and generally freaking out) you get an idea of… Read More »Getting Back in the Show Ring

        The Travers Stakes, Saratoga Race Course

          The Saratoga Racecourse has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest sporting venues. Opened in 1863, this historic track is even older than Churchill Downs. The track is also known as The House of Upsets and The Graveyard, because of the many famous horses who lost races there. Man O’ War, Secretariat and American Pharaoh all suffered defeats at Saratoga. With its rich history, and perfectly… Read More »The Travers Stakes, Saratoga Race Course

          World Equestrian Center Ohio

            As I’m slowly making progress toward my goal of getting back into the show ring, I thought it would be fun to check out a few shows as a spectator. The World Equestrian Center Ohio Summer Series turned out to be a great opportunity to see some premier USEF rated competition. Even though I don’t imagine I’ll ever be competing beyond schooling level shows, I… Read More »World Equestrian Center Ohio

            Churchill Downs Off Season Tour

              Attending the Kentucky Derby is most definitely on my bucket list. Although I haven’t (yet) seen the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports in person, I did get the opportunity to tour Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Even in the off season, a trip to Churchill Downs has a lot to offer for horse lovers. Bucket List I happened to be in Louisville and… Read More »Churchill Downs Off Season Tour