Both said they couldn't imagine giving up the sport that has consumed almost two-thirds of their lives, while contributing immeasurably to their relationship.

"Honestly, I'm trying to think of how to put it into words," Manger said. "It's indescribable."

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The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS)

What:

The nation’s premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, celebrating its 55th year in 2013. It attracts 500 horses and top riders from the United States and around the world, including Olympic medalists, and the current reigning World Cup champion, Beezie Madden.

When:

Tuesday through Saturday (Oct. 22-27). Daytime competition begins at 7 a.m., evening sessions begin at 7 p.m. Sunday runs 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where:

Verizon Center

601 F Street, NW

Washington, DC  20004