The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a leading national equestrian event based in Washington, D.C., since 1958, chose the Horses and Humans Research Foundation as one of its charity partners for the 2009 Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center, held October 20-25, 2009.
“Washington International Horse Show is proud to give a national platform and support to Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Activities and charities that support those in need, both medical and financial, in our sport,” says Tony Hitchcock, the WIHS Executive Director.
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) supports research that scientifically investigates the therapeutic effects of professionally facilitated equine assisted activities (EAA) on people – especially people with disabilities. This research will lead to improved best practices and increased access to EAA for all.
“We at Horses and Humans Research Foundation are excited to be one the charities in the spotlight at this classic event of the equestrian community,” says Molly Sweeney, founder and president of HHRF. “Word is getting out about our mission, and people are seeing that the work we do will impact the sport as a whole.”
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation's capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunters, equitation and dressage events during the six-day show.
About Washington International Horse Show http://www.wihs.org