Sam Walker Takes Top Spot in 2019 WIHS Equitation Final

Sam Walker and Waldo

Oct. 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – The 2019 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Final is underway at the Capital One Arena and following the conclusion of the hunter and jumper phases 10 athletes have been chosen to return for the final work-off. They will all be required to switch horses as they return for the final round and aim to take home the coveted winning title. Sam Walker and Waldo are currently sitting atop the leaderboard, having won the hunter phase and placed second in the jumper phase for an overall total of 185.3. The following riders will return for one more round in front of the judges:

Place / Rider / Horse / Combined Score

1. Sam Walker / Waldo / 185.3
2. Ava Stearns / Acer K / 182.5
3. Dominic Gibbs / Cent 15 / 180.625
4. Emma Fletcher / Bournedale / 177
5. Grace Debney / Quimby / 175.875
6. Tanner Korotkin / Aribo / 174.125
7. Augusta Iwasaki / Vanderpump / 173.75
8. Mimi Gochman / Kaskade / 171.749
9. Zayna Rizvi / Finnick / 169.5
10. Alexandra Pielet / Conthacco / 169.25

Ava Stearns and Acer K

Oct. 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – As one of the most prestigious equitation championships of the year, forty top junior riders were invited to compete in the 2019 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Final, sponsored by Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. The three-phase final began with a hunter phase and continued with a jumper phase, followed by a final work-off where the top ten riders returned to the Capital One Arena for one last chance at winning the coveted title. Ultimately, it was Sam Walker who topped the leaderboard to receive the championship honors. The 17-year-old rode consistent trips, impressing the panel of judges to earn an undeniable lead with his top scores.

Stay tuned to Phelps Sports for the full story, results and more photos to come of the 2019 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Final.

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