Over the weekend, the Washington International Horse Show hosted its Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Finals at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center (Upper Marlboro) from October 16-18. The competition gives local riders a change to qualify to compete in the WIHS Championship Finals at the Verizon Center (Washington, DC) this week. The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship and Adult Hunter Championship are being held today while the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship and Adult Jumper Championship will both be held on Wednesday.
Devan Graham of Chevy Chase topped the MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals riding her own imported Oldenburg gelding Sandro Sky. She trains with Jonelle Mullen. “I have been doing the equitation for the past three years, mainly in Virginia, and then the past two or so years I have moved up to the Maclay and all of the bigger equitation classes,” Graham noted. “To win this is very exciting. We always do the Gittings Finals, but for some reason I have always bombed them, so it was nice to come back and redeem myself after a few years of struggle.” Graham also competes in the Junior Hunters and will be attending WIHS with Delorian in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division later this week.
Back in the Gittings Finals, Lauren Rachub and Aoki, owned by Equibrokers LLC, placed second while Jaqueline Watts rode her own Color Up to third. Madeline McManus placed fourth aboard her own Invesco.
For more results from the WIHS Regional show, please click here.