The 57th annual Washington International Horse Show kicked off yesterday at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC with Maryland’s own Jessica Lohman (Poolesville) taking home the big win in the $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championships, sponsored by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley.
Twenty-three entries showed in the first round over a course designed by Kenneth Krome of Westminster. The top 12 returned with Jessica earning the win aboard Dani Di Pietro’s Davenport. She earned scores of 84 and 78 to total 162 for the two rounds. Jessica trains with her husband Alan Lohman out of Lohman Stables. She is a Commercial Livestock Marketing Manager at Southern States Cooperative as well as acting as president of the Maryland Horse Show Association. She started leasing Davenport while Dani is away in India. “Dylan needed a job this year, but he didn’t need to work hard. He just needed to do something,” Jessica said. “It was the beginning of a phenomenal year the first time I sat on him. I feel very fortunate and I feel accomplished, because if we don’t win, it is because I did something stupid. That is the only way about it. The horse never does anything wrong.” She went on to credit her husband, trainer Deloise Noble-Strong and barn manager Kathy Keep among those that helped her achieve the win.
Second place went to Whitney Lind and Whish LLC’s Carnaval Elite. Jacquelyn Maggiore rode her own Contina for third place.
The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Heisley Family Foundation, was won by Samantha Karp (FL/NY) and her own Zentina B. Carly Martin finished second riding her own Czech Mate and Lekha Ramachandran rode Playmore for Jennifer Basile for third.
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