Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years

By Molly Sorge

Photography courtesy of Jump Media LLC

Fence design has come a long way from the days of white rails and brush boxes — look in the ring during the Washington International Horse Show on Oct. 23-28 and you’ll see amazing works of artistry set up for the horses to jump. They’re not just obstacles — they’re works of art.

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years
Shawn McMillen Photography

[Some jumps have “light poles” instead of traditional standards.]

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years
Shawn McMillen Photography

[Other jumps are beautifully themed, like this Koi fish one.]

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years
Photo Jennifer Wood Media

[This jump is made with real cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes!]

Fuzzy Mayo has built most of the jumps for WIHS in recent years, with Brody Robertson and LJ Enterprises also constructing various designs. Some jumps, such as the Buck Breast Cancer and TAPS jumps, depict charities that the WIHS benefits.

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years
Shawn McMillen Photography

[The Buck Breast Cancer jump at the WIHS.]

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, WIHS hosts the Buck Breast Cancer Benefit on Thursday, Oct. 25, to benefit Capital Breast Care Center. Each time a jumper rider clears the Buck Breast Cancer jump on course, a donation goes to Capital Breast Care Center.

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years
Shawn McMillen Photography

[Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a longtime charity partner. Here’s a patriotic themed jump from recent years.]

Friday night, Oct. 26, at WIHS is Military Night, presented by Caterpillar, Inc., and benefits the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the show’s official military charity since 2010. The TAPS jump is set up as part of the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final course, and each time the TAPS jump is cleared, a donation is made to the organization.

Coolest Jumps From the Washington International Horse Show Over The Years

[The Washington Capitals NHL team won the Stanley Cup this year. This jump will make its debut at WIHS this year, which is held in the arena where the Capitals play.]

This year, a special jump was built to commemorate the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals ice hockey team, who play their home games at Capital One Arena. David Lauinger designed, built and donated the jump that will not only feature on one of the jumper courses during WIHS, but also is an item up for bid in the silent auction.

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