Washington Horse Show Ambles Into Verizon Center This Month

Horse Show

Mane event: The President’s Cup Grand Prix gets under way on the evening of the 29th, when a collection of top riders — including Olympic vets — will jump for a share of $100,000 in prize money. (pheαnix (Recovering…) via Flickr)

Back in the saddle again!” Steven Tyler screamed on Aerosmith’s 1976 album “Rocks,” thought by many to be the band’s magnum opus, back when they were worth a crap (though some of that late-’80s comeback fare equals their ’70s peak).

Here at ApartmentShowcase.com, we can’t turn back the hands of time and yank Tyler off “American Idol,” but we can and will put you back in the saddle again — literally — at the 53rd Annual Washington International Horse Show.

This show has quite a pedigree (OK, the pun machine needs some work), and it’s been wowing capital-area equestrian lovers for decades. This year’s event takes place from October 25 to 30 at Verizon Center in Chinatown in Northwest.

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This is a family-friendly production, with approximately 500 horses participating in show jumping, equitation and hunter events. Top horses and riders from the United States and beyond (including Olympic champions) will compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and titles, and that’s from the horse’s mouth (Ouch).

Washington International Horse Show
Verizon Center

601 F St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

The site’s fast facts will get you up to speed on planned events pretty quickly, even singling out what they call “tentative” highlights.

In fact, their detailed events page will feature all the horsey highlights you’ll need, tentative or not, along with the times they’ll be happening. Generally speaking, things open up every day at 7:00 a.m. (when Steven Tyler finally gets to sleep, the Steven Tyler of old, anyway), wind down at 5:00 p.m. and start back up again at 6:30 p.m. or so, with the curtains drawing for good at 10:00 p.m. Sunday the 30th is a daytime affair only, taking place from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27, is Barn Night, where the first 100 kids who show up will receive a special prize courtesy of Breyer Animal Creations. That company will also host a painting activity for the youngsters from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; it’s free for those 12 and under. There’s even a kids’ day at the show two days later on Saturday.

Two other things worth mentioning are the Jack Russell Terrier Races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and the more than 50 specialty boutiques that will be on hand to fulfill your shopping needs.

If you already rent an apartment in Chinatown or Penn Quarter, just ape the horses and hoof it. If you don’t, the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro stop on the Red and Green/Yellow Lines is right there.

So what are you waiting for? Giddy on up and get back in the saddle at the Washington International Horse Show. Tell ’em Steven sent ya. And afterwards, visit Apartment Showcase to check out all the great apartments available.


Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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