“We’re so appreciative to Charles Owen for the continued support of the enormously popular WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series,” said WIHS President Vicki Lowell. “The races have become a highly anticipated crowd favorite each year, and it’s thanks to Charles Owen’s sponsorship that we are able to continue this entertaining WIHS tradition.”
The popular pony steeplechase racing series will kick off the 2019 season at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA, on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. The series will then culminate at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. during the 61st annual WIHS, with races held on Barn Night, Thursday, October 24, and on President’s Cup Night, Saturday, October 26.
The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, sponsored by Charles Owen, will return to the Devon Horse Show, May 26-27, 2019. Photo by Jump Media
Introduced at WIHS in 2013 when the Washington Post dubbed the races “D.C.’s newest, and cutest, sport”, they are designed to closely mimic professional steeplechase races, but with junior jockeys and miniature mounts!
For those new to Shetland Pony steeplechase racing, watch footage of the 2018 Barn Night race here!
“Charles Owen is proud to sponsor the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series again this year,” said Charles Owen’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Danielle Santos. “Contributing to young riders‘ safe start in the sport has long been a priority of our company, so the series has been a natural fit and something that we look forward to on our annual calendar.“
The young jockey named the safest rider in each race at the Devon Horse Show will receive a new Charles Owen helmet. Photo by Jump Media
While contesting the races at Devon and at WIHS, the young jockeys are vying not only for winning honors, but also for the chance to be named the safest rider in their race, a title for which Charles Owen presents a new helmet.
Spectators at the Devon Horse Show also have an opportunity to claim prizes in conjunction with the races, thanks to the #PonyPower Prize Sweepstakes. Follow along with WIHS social media for details on the social media contest to be held May 26-27.
Learn more about the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Series, sponsored by Charles Owen, by visiting www.wihs.org/shetland-pony-steeplechase. For information on getting involved with Shetland Pony racing, visit www.usponyracing.com.
The 2019 Washington International Horse Show will take place October 22 through 27 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.comand at Capital One Arena Box Office.
Each year, WIHS continues a longstanding tradition as one of the world’s most celebrated indoor horse shows. The 2019 edition will again host the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington presented by Events DC, with coveted qualifying points on offer for the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Final taking place in Las Vegas, NV, in April. Additionally, WIHS will welcome qualified hunter, jumper, equitation, and pony riders from across the nation to celebrate year-end titles, including the coveted Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals.For more information on WIHS, please visit www.wihs.org, join WIHS on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Tag them using #WIHS2019 #HorsesInTheCity, #FEIWorldCup, and #Longines.