Video: Beer keg wins annual gambler’s choice costume class at Washington International

Plus, Tim Gredley’s winning 6’11” Puissance round and WIHS’s inugural Shetland Pony Steeplechase!

Top: Photo by © Shawn McMillen Photography from a USEF press release.

The $20,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume Class is a favorite tradition at the Washington International Horse Show, which wrapped up yesterday in Washington, D.C. This year’s edition was won by Irish show jumper Shane Sweetnam, who was dressed as a keg of beer, riding Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina. For his victory, Sweetnam was presented with the Crown Royal Trophy, donated by Crown Royal, coincidentally continuing the boozy theme. Second place was won by Beezie “The Bumblebee” Madden, followed by Conor Swail as Spiderman and “Dr.” McLaine Ward. Other competitors included a Dorothy, a boxer, a gorilla, a Snow White, a cheerleader, a clown and several more… our friends at Practical Horseman posted some amazing photos on their Facebook page–you can check them out here.

Here is the winning round:


Another highlight of the weekend was the $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance, won by Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Competition Yard’s Unex Valente. The course had three obstacles–a vertical, an oxer and a triple-bar–leading up to the wall, which started at 5’5″ and was gradually built up to a height of 6’11” (2.10 meters).

Watch the winning ride of Tim Gredley and Unex Valent followed by an interview with Tim:


Also… Shetland Pony Racing! Here’s a video of the first annual event:


Check out the USEF Network for videos of other WIHS classes, including hunter, jumper and equitation championships.

Go Riding.

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