The 57th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its 5th annual Military Appreciation Night, October 23, 2015, that featured members of the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
Most notable guest at the Military Appreciation Night was Klinger, a horse in The Old Guard Caisson Platoon. The Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service has been awarded for the past three years.
The Klinger award recognizes a horse, individual or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger.
“Thanks in part to the generous support of corporate and individual donors, WIHS has been able to foster a strong and lasting connection between the equestrian community and the United States Armed Forces,” said WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan. “We are proud of our efforts to support the men, women, and their families that serve our country.”
The Old Guard was also featured in The Army v. Navy Celebrity Barrel Racing Competition.
Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time.
The race paired representatives from the U.S. Navy Equestrian Team and U.S. Army Caisson Platoon with top international show jumping riders and some of the nation’ s fastest professional cowgirls affiliated with the National Barrel Horse Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and American Professional Rodeo Association.
Other competitions included the The Boeing Company $25,000 International Jumper Puissance High Jump class alongside the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final presented by Rushy Marsh Farm and AAA Equestrian.
The $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final hosted the “Jump for TAPS” Challenge to raise funds for The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the WIHS Official Military Charity.
Each time the jump was cleared, a monetary donation was made to TAPS.
TAPS is an organization devoted to caring for the families of fallen soldiers with immediate and long-term support.
The WIHS is a prestigious equestrian sporting event that attracts world-class level horses and riders to the National Capital Region each October.
Established in 1958, the six-day show includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events.
More than 500 top horses and riders come to DC from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money.