Fifteen-year-old Virginia horsewoman Hanna Powers has been named Youth Ambassador of the 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS).
Powers, of Potomac Falls, is a sophomore at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and competes on the varsity Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team. She has attended WIHS for many years with her friends and family. Powers brings a wealth of knowledge of equestrian sport to her new role.
“We are thrilled to have Hanna’s energy and enthusiasm as our 2012 Youth Ambassador,” said Bridget Love Meehan, Executive Director, WIHS.
“She will lead the activities of our Junior Committee, a diverse and talented group of young local equestrians who have expressed strong interest in hands-on learning about all aspects of WIHS. Our Junior Committee works hard to help us make our horse show a very special event for competitors, spectators, and the local community. We are honored to work closely with this group of young equestrians who represent the future of the horse industry in the Washington area,” Meehan said.
The show has been based in Washington, D.C. since 1958.
As the 2012 WIHS Youth Ambassador, Powers will oversee the WIHS Junior Committee and work with show management to reach out to the local youth of our community. She will help give WIHS a youth perspective as the show develops new and exciting youth-related programs from young rider events to Kids’ Day. The Junior Committee consists of students from public, charter and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
“I am honored to be a part of the WIHS family as the 2012 Youth Ambassador. Through this historic horse show, I hope that our efforts to share the wonderful world of horses with young people in the Washington, D.C. area will ignite the imaginations of a whole new generation of horse enthusiasts!” Powers said.
Washington International Horse Show received many applications from qualified students in the D.C. Metro area and beyond. Powers will serve as the fourth WIHS Youth Ambassador following Jamal Brown, Anna Rossi, and Shannon Miglarese.
The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 23-28, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.