WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW 2007
The Washington International Horse Show, which is located in the heart of the city, draws large numbers of spectators and features show jumping, hunters, equitation, dressage, and barrel racing. The venue does a great job appealing to different groups of show enthusiasts by including activities involving local barns and charities, and various show segments that feature a concert and terrier races.
The Beacon Hill and Stonehenge Show Stables group had a great weekend. My barn mate, Jessica Springsteen, captured Championship and Reserve Championship titles in the younger Junior Hunter divisions. Another barn mate, Brianne Goutal, was third in the one hundred thousand dollar, Gerald R. Ford, World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix.
On Saturday evening, I went into the top ten ride off for the WIHS equitation final sitting in first place by a small margin. If you are not familiar with the format, the class starts with a Hunter Phase, followed by a Jumper Phase. At the finals, the top ten competitors switch horses and ride the jumper course again without the constraints of the timers. My fellow barn mate, Carolyn Curcio, and I were asked to switch horses for the final ride off. Carolyn rode, I Toon, very well and ultimately moved up from seventh to sixth place after the ride off. I rode her horse, Valvert, a large handsome bay gelding, whom I had flatted once several months ago, and we ultimately were pinned on top. Saturday night, I realized another goal, to win a national level equitation final.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me to achieve this accomplishment but especially I want to extend a special thank you to a special horse, I Toon. Riding a young horse is a great experience and watching her grow and working with her has been a superb experience!
Next week the barn travels to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania National Horse show which features the USEF Medal finals.
Catch up with me next week for some thoughts and commentary about the show.
Talk to you later,
Editor's note: View a Washington International photo gallery and read more about Maria's win at EquiSearch.com.