March 10, 2018

Apply for a Spot on the Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) isn’t until October, but the time to apply for a position on the Junior Committee is now! I served on the Junior Committee for three years and had so many wonderful experiences and made some great friends. Now that I am going off to college, I can no longer be a member of the committee. But if you are a high school student who lives in the area and loves horses, you can apply!

WIHS Jr Cmte 2017 Group Shot
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According to the Washington International Horse Show website:

“The WIHS Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador Program, presented by Signature Academics, engages local teens (ages 14-18) to represent the show’s youth perspective and support WIHS staff while gaining hands-on experience. Now in its ninth year, this community-focused program is gearing up to welcome Junior Committee members and a new Youth Ambassador to kickoff activities for the 2018 show. Participants in the program have been featured in a number of media publications, including Washington Life Magazine, the Kids’ Post, John Kelly’s Washington, several DC area community newspapers, cable and internet broadcasts, news radio, print and local television.”

WIHS Jr Cmte Barn Night
Pitching in at the Breyer horse painting station on Barn Night 
(photo courtesy of Holden Rafey)

Being on the WIHS Junior Committee is such a unique experience. From May to October, committee members attend monthly meetings at the WIHS headquarters office in Georgetown to discuss and help plan some of the show’s events. The committee is especially involved with planning Kids Day, Barn Night, and the WIHS scavenger hunt. During show week, Junior Committee members help with a variety of things including supervising Kids Day activities, managing booths at Barn Night, helping out in the Press Room and serving as VIP escorts. Last year on Kids Day I worked at the pony grooming station where I taught visitors how to brush the ponies. It was a lot of fun because the kids were so excited, and the ponies were very well behaved.

I always loved attending WIHS when I was younger, so I applied to serve on the Junior Committee as soon as I was old enough. This was the best decision, since I was able to serve three terms. The committee has been a wonderful way to become more involved with the show I love, and I have learned how a world-class equestrian event is put together. So if you love WIHS, I encourage you to apply. The application can be found here and is due by April 1st.



Holden Rafey Bio Pic

My name is Holden Rafey, and I am honored to be serving as the Maryland Horse Council’s Youth Correspondent. As the MHC Youth Correspondent, I will be posting monthly to this blog about horse-related topics in the state of Maryland to give a youth perspective and share information of interest to MHC youth members and young readers. I live in Montgomery County and attend Walter Johnson High School, where I play softball and field hockey. My equestrian trainer is Melinda Cohen, and I ride at her barn, Dream Catcher Farm, in Frederick County. In addition to being the Youth Correspondent for the MHC, I served three terms on the Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee and have served as an intern for the American Horse Council. I will attend Barnard College in the fall and plan to ride with the Columbia University Equestrian Club.

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