Contact: Shannon Coakley,, 203-259-1550

Nominations Now Open for 2016 WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service. The EQUUS Foundation and Ariat International present the annual award to recognize a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger, a special horse who has touched the lives of many in his life of service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon.

The 2016 Klinger Award recipient will be recognized during a center ring presentation with Klinger and representatives of the Caisson Platoon, WIHS, Ariat International and EQUUS Foundation on Friday, October 28th, during the annual WIHS Military Night. The recipient will also receive a prize courtesy of Ariat International and have the opportunity to select an equine charity on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network to receive a $1,000 grant.

"Andy, the 2015 recipient, touched our hearts last year. I know I can speak for both the Washington International Horse Show and Ariat International when I say that we are looking forward to honoring the 2016 recipient," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

2015 Klinger Award Recipient Andy
Learn more about Andy here.

Nominations must be received by September 16th.

Click here for the WIHS Klinger Award Nomination Form

To nominate a special horse, individual or organization for this award, please return the completed nomination form by email to Ally Leff at or by mail to:

Washington International Horse Show
Attention: Klinger Award
3299 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007
Tele: 202-525-3679

About Klinger:

Klinger performs solemn duties at The Old Guard as a funeral escort bringing departed military members to their final resting spot at Arlington National Cemetery, serves as the official escort to the President of the United States and has led the Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Beyond his official duties, Klinger brings comfort to veterans and families of our fallen heroes in his role as a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Ambassador and he has been an important part of WIHS for many years – visiting with children on WIHS Kids' Day and participating in the Caisson Platoon Exhibition on WIHS Military Night, so it is both fitting and a great honor that WIHS should salute him through this special award program.

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail:, Website:

About Ariat International: Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800.899.8141 or visit

About Washington International Horse Show: Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington for the President's Cup (Saturday night), the Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company on Military Night (Friday) and Kids' Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Federation Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. Visit
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