Qualifying Heats Up for the 2016 WIHS Championships and WIHS Equitation Finals

June 8, 2016 - Washington, D.C.

Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, Fla., currently leads the standings for the WIHS Children's Jumper Championships with Zenith Dance.
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The top rider in the WIHS Equitation West Coast standings is Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

As the 2016 horse show season continues, many of the nation’s top horses and riders are competing to earn qualification for this year’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships and WIHS Equitation Finals. There is still plenty of time to qualify at horse shows around the country. The qualifying period for this year’s championships ends August 31. Click here to view the complete list of upcoming qualifying competitions.  

The Finals will be held October 25-30 at the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The WIHS offers popular year-end championships for junior and pony equitation riders as well as adult and children's hunter and jumper competitors.

Horses and riders compete all year in order to qualify for the WIHS Championship Finals, including the $10,000 WIHS Children's Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship, WIHS Equitation Finals, and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals. 

Although you do not have to be a WIHS member to compete in the qualifying classes, competitors must be WIHS members in order for their points to count towards the finals. Sign up today at www.wihs.org/membership to become a WIHS member and start earning points for qualification.

There has been a lot of activity in the standings over the last few months. As qualifying competition continues, we congratulate the leaders in WIHS standings as of June 3, 2016. For complete standings visit www.wihs.org/wihs-rankings/

WIHS Children's and Adult Jumper Championships

In the Children's Jumper division, Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, Fla., is well on her way to qualifying for the championship with 4,011 points aboard Zenith Dance. Taje Lynn Warrick of Davie, Fla., holds 3,902 points with Dersey for second place. Anna Claire Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Bilbo Baggins are currently third with 2,555 points.

The Adult Jumpers are also earning points to qualify for their championship finals in October. Olivia Lawton of Burr Ridge, Ill., has 6,810 points to lead the division with Cassandra Dreams. Dean Dignelli of Katonah, N.Y., sits second with 3,482 points aboard Redefin. Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, Fla., has 3,024 points with Bonapart to stand third.

WIHS Equitation and WIHS Pony Equitation

Emma Kurtz of Hudson, Ohio, currently leads the WIHS Equitation East Coast standings with 3,396 points. Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, N.Y., is second with 3,170 points, and Sophie Michaels of Deerfield, Mass., is third with 2,804 points.

The top rider in the WIHS Equitation West Coast standings is Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan., with 3,120 points. Sydney Hutchins of Westlake Village, Calif., is second with 2,930 points, and Ransome Rombauer of St. Helena, Calif., is third with 1,811 points.

In the WIHS Pony Equitation standings, Jordan Cobb of Austin, Texas, is leading with 1,441 points. Anna Robson of Dallas, Texas, is second with 692 points, and Libbie Gordon of Stateville, N.C., is third with 658 points.

WIHS Children's and Adult Hunter Championships

In the Children's Hunter Championship, Costar and Helen Lohr of Warrenton, Va., have the lead with 1,208 points. Face Value and Andrew Elhindi of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, have 1,100 points for second place, and Chapman and Kathryn Crenshaw of York, Pa., are third with 977.5 points.

Carrera and Melanie Jeanes of Dallas, Texas, currently lead the Adult Hunter Championship standings with 1,733 points. Benvolio and Mary Grossman of Burlington, Wis., are second with 1,214 points, and Glyndon and Patricia Schindler of Reisterstown, Md., sit third with 1,152 points.

Don't miss the chance to qualify for the WIHS Championships. WIHS looks forward to hosting the best horses and riders from around the nation in 2016 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify.     

For more information or to sign up to earn points for the WIHS Championship Finals, visit www.wihs.org/membership.

About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $125,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, the President's Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) and Kids' Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.