Every October, my staff and I look forward to attending the Washington International Horse Show at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. This year, the show—which runs October 21st through the 26th—is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The show features events like the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, free pony rides for kids, a saddlebred exhibition with Carson Kressley, and terrier races.
As an advocate of architectural vernacular, nothing seems so out of context as stabled horses on F and 6th Streets in downtown Washington outside the Verizon Center during the show. It’s right by the Metro exit, so people leave the station and are greeted by horses milling around on the busy street where cars and buses usually dominate. There are a lot of gawking pedestrians and excited kids, and it’s definitely a sight to see if you haven’t.
My staff and I are grateful to be able to hop on the Metro and arrive at the show a few minutes later. But I know a lot of attendees won’t be from the Washington area, so please know that we’d be happy to meet you at the show or suggest one of our favorite places to eat or visit between events. While the WIHS is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Blackburn Architects is celebrating our 25th, so please stop by and let us show you around our new studio a block from the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
Bloggers, have you attended the WIHS in the past? Are you planning to attend this year? How many of you have performed in the show or participate as a vendor?