Its that time of year! Halloween, hayrides, and yes… the 54th Annual Washington International Horse Show! An important six-day event on every Washingtonian’s calendar, the International Horse Show brings nationally and internationally known riders to compete for the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, the Puissance high-jump competition, and the WIHS Equitation Finals (featuring the country’s top junior riders).
But between the intense indoor racing, fun-filled events like Barn Night — and this year’s Buck Breast Cancer — have added pizazz (and nightlife) to the traditional Horse Show. And this year especially, the horses are all a-canter… for a cause.
As Buck Breast Cancer organizer Vicky Lowell explains (video below), the inaugural Thursday night event celebrated the life and lamented the recent passing of friend Laura Pickett, whose “love for the horse and the sport made a huge impact on this community.”
Proceeds from the event benefit a Breast Cancer Research Fund in Laura’s name, and a tradition was started in which one special young rider at WIHS will be recognized with the Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award.