August 14, 2007 -- On the hunter/jumper circuit nothing compares to the talent competing in the fall indoor show circuit. Year-end finals draw the best horses and riders to the east coast in a head-to-head battle. The Capital Challenge Horse Show is the first in the series of indoor shows. The 2007 event will be September 29 to October 7 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Since its inception, the Capital Challenge has experienced tremendous growth. Spectators can watch the best professional jumper riders from across the country compete in the $50,000 ARIAT Congressional Cup Grand Prix. On October 6, the final evening performance at the Show Place Arena, Olympic veterans will compete in an FEI World Cup Qualifying class. Past winners of the class include Laura Kraut, Kent Farrington, Leslie Howard and Molly Ashe.
The show also brings the best equitation riders to Upper Marlboro to compete in the Monarch International Equitation Championship Weekend, the Show Circuit National Children's Medal Finals and the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals.
As always, the show will draw the top hunters from across the United States. The most talented horses and ponies will compete not only to lead the victory gallop but to earn points toward the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Finals. The Capital Challenge is proud to host all of the WCHR classes including the prestigious $7,500 WCHR Professional Finals.
The Capital Challenge Horse Show is also a spectator-friendly event. Spectators are invited to watch these top horses and riders free of charge. The show also offers some of the best in equestrian shopping. The boutique areas are located inside and out, with the expanded shop area on the concourse featuring over 20 vendors.
Admission and parking are free throughout the week. The schedule and results can be found at www.capitalchallenge.org.