Nominations Now Open for Third Annual WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in the U.S., is pleased to announce nominations are now being accepted for the Third Annual WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service, presented by Ariat International and EQUUS Foundation.

The award recognizes 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.
 
At The Old Guard, Klinger performs solemn duties 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.
 
The WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service takes its name from 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. Photo Alden CorriganThe WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service takes its name from 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. Photo Alden Corrigan
 
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.
The 2015 Klinger Award recipient will be recognized during a presentation at center ring with Klinger and representatives of the Caisson Platoon, WIHS, Ariat International and EQUUS Foundation on Friday, October 23 during the annual WIHS Military Night. The recipient will receive a prize courtesy of Ariat International and will have the opportunity to select an equine charity on EQUUS Foundation’s Equine Welfare Network to receive a $1,000 grant.
 
Last year’s recipient was Coach Lelac Almagor and the KIPP DC Riding Team. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first through their work in underserved communities. The KIPP DC Riding Team encourages independence, creative problem-solving, compassion, and teamwork through hands-on experience with horse care, grooming, and equitation. The students’ experience has deepened their connection to school, their empathy for others, and their commitment to their own futures.
 
Nomination forms are available at WIHS Klinger Award Nomination. All nominations must be received by September 16, 2015.
 
To nominate a special horse, individual or organization for this award, please complete and return the nomination form to info@wihs.org or by mail to: Washington International Horse Show, Attention: Klinger Award, 3299 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20007. For more information, please contact Mary Helen Shaughnessy at 202-525-3679 or maryhelen@wihs.org.
 
Learn more about Klinger and the WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award.