68th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show Returns September 10 – 14, 2014
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
Release Date: 2014-06-10
Buffalo, NY – June 11, 2014 – The Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) will host its 68th annual hunter/jumper competition this fall at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, so shine your boots and pack your trunks for one of the most prestigious shows New York has to offer. The BIHS will be held from September 10-14, 2014 in downtown Buffalo, NY. The show will take place in the indoor arena of the Buffalo Equestrian Center, the home of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) and SBS Farms, Inc. The Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) is known for its large variety of hunter and jumper divisions, including their great prize money and promising competition. The BIHS is the most prominent fundraiser of the year for the BTRC, with all proceeds benefiting their therapeutic riding program. The prize list is currently available online by clicking here.
This year, BIHS will hold the Hunter and Jumper Classics on both Friday and Saturday evening, offering top-tier competition and events you won’t want to miss. Whether you attend as preparation for the Indoor circuit and Zone finals, or to cheer on your friends and family, the BTRC welcomes you to their home and wishes you a fun and successful show.
In 2013, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recognized the BIHS as one of only 14 USEF Heritage Status shows in the nation. The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for 25 years or more, promoted and grown equestrian sport, and made contributions to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining, and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition.
For 2014, the BIHS will join the EQUUS Foundation Best Performance Competition. Utilizing competition itself, the Best Performance Competition provides an exciting opportunity for the equestrian sport community to make a commitment to ensuring the well being of horses, and to be recognized for the commitment. The 2014 BIHS will offer the “Best Performance of the Day” at their competitions; encourage their competitors (junior, amateur, or professional in all divisions) to participate by entering the class for a $20 tax-deductible donation and wearing the official Best Performance Armband provided to the competitor by the competition and; donating the proceeds to the EQUUS Foundation to benefit horse welfare.
For more information regarding the 68th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, please visit www.thebtrc.org or call (716) 877-9295. Entries may be faxed to (716) 877-4001.
68th ANNUAL BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS:
EVENT: 68th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will run from September 10-14, 2014.
WHAT: Buffalo’s most prestigious horse show. The ‘AA’ rated show is one of the best ways for exhibitors to prepare themselves and their horses for the fall indoor circuit of finals. BIHS offers a large indoor arena for competition that gives horses and riders a chance to compete indoors before showing at the national finals in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. or Kentucky. The horse show offers generous prize money in every division.
Sanctioned and recognized by: United States Equestrian Federation, Rated ‘AA’ Hunter and 2* Jumper; Syracuse Professional Horsemen’s Association; Ohio PHA; WPPHA.
WHERE: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, 950 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216
WHEN: September 10-14, 2014
“Scribbles” Pony Hunter Classic, “Say Hey” Children’s Hunter Classic, “The Fully Monty” Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, and $1000 Grooms Class sponsored by Penelope Ayers and Ravens Wood Farm
Johnson Horse Transportation $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
S.A. Comunale Low and High Child/Adult Jumper Classics
Up the Creek Farm Junior Hunter Division
Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor $1,000 Pre Green Division and $1,500 Pre Green Incentive Class
$1,000 TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division
$600 TAKE2 Jumper Sponsorship
Crossrail and Beginner Rider Divisions- “Inspector Gadget” Opportunity Divisions sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Trolli
EMO Insurance Championship Awards
The Hunting Horn Reserve Champion Awards
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Ribbon Sponsor
The Buffalo News
WGRZ- Channel 2
Phelps Media Group
ADMISSION: Free for spectators, except for Friday and Saturday night events, where admission is $5 for adults, and children 10 and under are free.
PARKING: Free on Amherst Street, on the grass on Great Arrow street, or in the school parking lot on Great Arrow.
DIRECTIONS: From NY Thruway/I-90, it is only 10 minutes to the horse show facility. From I-90, take Rt 33 West. Follow to NY-198 East/Scajaquada Expressway West. Continue on the 198 then take the Route 384 North/Delaware Ave exit. At the stop sign, turn right and immediately turn left at the first light, which puts you on Delaware Ave. Follow Delaware Ave. until Amherst Street. Turn left on Amherst Street, travel less 200 feet, and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is on the right.
THE FACILITY: The Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club was built in 1921 as an indoor polo arena. Today it is known as the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BEC) and features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Located at 950 Amherst Street, in the heart of metropolitan Buffalo, it is now the home of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms, Inc. The five-acre site includes the indoor sand 120x 90 riding arena, stables, paddocks and an outdoor riding ring. The spectacular barn offers permanent stalls for all horse show participants.
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for over twenty years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16. Programs are designed and taught by Jenna Zografos, an instructor certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). The BTRC is the only therapeutic riding facility in Western New York with four PATH certified instructors. Volunteers are always needed and are an invaluable part of the program. They can assist with horse care and handling or can serve as a friend and side walker. For more information, please call (716) 877-9295.
The Buffalo Equestrian Center is part of The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. They continue the tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club, giving lessons to kids starting at age six through adult ages. The BEC holds clinics with Jennifer Alfano, a summer camp, and is now a member of the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association). Lessons are given all year Tuesday through Sunday.
SBS Farms is also based out of the BTRC, with owner Susan Schoellkopf. Susie serves on the Pre Green Hunter Task Force and Junior Hunter Taskforce and the D&M committee. Susie is also an “R” rated hunter judge and was recently inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. Jennifer Alfano is the trainer for SBS Farms. She is a two time World Champion Professional Hunter Rider, and won the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in 2012 aboard Jersey Boy. Jennifer also has ridden numerous USEF Horse of the Year awardees. Jennifer has trained top amateur, junior and pony riders.
Photo Credit: Kendall Bierer