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The Buffalo International Horse Show Announces its 69th Competition

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center http://www.thebtrc.org/
Release Date: 2015-03-26

Buffalo, NY – March 26, 2015 – The Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) will host its 69th annual hunter/jumper competition this fall at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). The show will be held from September 9-13, 2015, in downtown Buffalo, NY. This historic show has long been a staple in the equestrian community, not only offering top-tier competition but also acting as the largest fundraiser of the year for the BTRC.

The BTRC is a therapeutic riding program for children of all socio-economic backgrounds that provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone who steps on the 5-acre farm. The positive and friendly atmosphere enables children with special needs and disabilities to develop both physically and emotionally. Executive Director Susie Schoellkopf, has dedicated her life to the Buffalo Equestrian Center (BEC) and the BTRC, providing children with the opportunity to ride, who may never have had that chance. The facility’s location in Downtown Buffalo is ideal for many of the inner-city kids to take a bus for their riding lessons.

The BTRC has also become a staple in the equestrian world, acting as a beacon of light for many other therapeutic riding centers across the nation. She founded the program in 1990, and it has only continued to grow. Every year the BTRC hosts the Buffalo International Horse Show, raising crucial funds for the therapeutic program.

Last year, the 68th Buffalo International Horse Show was a sell-out event, featuring some of the nation’s top professional, junior and amateur-owner riders, and it returns to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center bigger and better.

The show will take place in the indoor arena of the BTRC, the home of the BEC and SBS Farms, Inc. The BIHS is known for its large variety of hunter and jumper divisions, including their great prize money and promising competition. This year, the BIHS welcomes notable judges Jim Clapperton and Danny Robertshaw to judge the hunter and equitation competitions.

In 2013, the BIHS received a USEF Heritage Status by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). 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. The BIHS is one of less than 20 horse shows nationally that has been honored with this prestigious status.

The full prize list will be available in June 2015 on the BTRC’s website: www.thebtrc.org.

One of the highlights of the five-day shows will be Friday night, when the night kicks off with an impressive cocktail party, sponsored by PhelpsSports.com. Four riders, that are a part of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, will demonstrate a series of exercises they have completed while in the program. To top off the fun night, judge Robertshaw and his renowned dog rescue non-profit organization, Danny & Ron’s Rescue will have a component to make the night one for the books.

The BIHS would like to thank their returning sponsors: Penelope Ayers and Ravens Wood Farm, Johnson Horse Transportation, Stephen A. Comunale, Caroline Moran and Goshen Hill Farm, Up the Creek Farm, Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor, EMO Insurance, The Hunting Horn and M&T Bank. Without their kindness and generosity, the BIHS would not be where it is today, as one of the top horse shows in the nation.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 69th edition of the Buffalo International Horse Show, please contact the BTRC at 716-877-9295 or e-mail becandbtrc@aol.com.

For 2015, the BIHS will once again 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 2015 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.

69th ANNUAL BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS:

EVENT: 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will run from September 9-13, 2015.

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 9-13, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS:
“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

Sponsors:
EMO Insurance Championship Awards
The Hunting Horn Reserve Champion Awards
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Ribbon Sponsor

Media Sponsors:
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.

CONTACT:
Buffalo International Horse Show
950 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
716-877-9295 (phone)
716-877-4001 (fax)
sbeat@aol.com
www.thebtrc.org
www.ryegate.com/BTRC/index.htm

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68th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show Returns September 10 – 14, 2014

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Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center http://www.thebtrc.org/
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

HIGHLIGHTS:

“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

Sponsors:

EMO Insurance Championship Awards

The Hunting Horn Reserve Champion Awards

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Ribbon Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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.

CONTACT:
Buffalo International Horse Show
950 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
716-877-9295 (phone)
716-877-4001 (fax)
sbeat@aol.com
www.thebtrc.org
www.ryegate.com/BTRC/index.htm

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Liz Shorb
PA National Horse Show
(717) 770-0222
Liz@PAnational.org

 

Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Awards Grants

 

Buffalo, New York Organization Receives Funding

 

Harrisburg, PA—August 31, 2014— The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation recently announced the recipients of this year’s grant program. The foundation awarded a total of $15,000 
to 19 organizations that provide therapeutic riding and horse rescue programs.

 

The PA National Horse Show Foundation also continued its long-standing support of the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation with an additional $15,000 grant, which will be used to benefit local youth organizations.

 

This year’s grant recipients include organizations which provide equine therapy for people with disabilities, as well as programs that aide in the care and rescue of horses in need. A complete listing of organizations receiving funds can be found online at www.PAnational.org/our-foundation/.

 

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo was the only New York based organization to receive funding this year.

 

According to Liz Shorb, President of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, “The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation is proud of the continuing support we are able to give to deserving organizations that make a difference in the lives of special needs children and provide much needed care for neglected and abandoned horses.” Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated close to $2 million to charitable organizations. This year, funding was distributed to organizations in seven states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Texas, New Jersey and West Virginia.

 

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S., hosting horses and competitors from across the country with 20,000 spectators attending from the Mid‐Atlantic region. With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $485,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National. The ten day event is held annually in October at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.  Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. This year’s event will be held October 9 – 18. Show details and a complete schedule is available at www.PAnational.org.



Susie Schoellkopf Inducted Into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame; SBS Farms Takes Home Top Ribbons at Devon

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Written by: Kendall Bierer Client: SBS Farms, Ltd. http://www.thebtrc.org/ Release Date: 2014-06-03

Buffalo, NY – June 3, 2014 – The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame (NSHHF) awarded numerous honors last Tuesday night at their annual dinner held at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA, but it was Susan B. Schoellkopf who shined. Schoellkopf was named inducted alongside Bruc Duchossois, Brian Lenehan and Jane Gaston. It was an achievement that none can contest, as Schoellkopf has committed her life to providing superior quality to the equestrian community from the show ring to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC).

Schoellkopf is not only the Director of SBS Farms, but she has been involved with associations that both govern and promote the horse industry and has been associated with the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and Buffalo Equestrian Center for 35 years. Susie has made SBS Farms, Inc. the premiere show stable in the northeast, training four USEF High-score Award hunters, Gabriel, GG Valentine, Big Bad Wolf and Kansas, as well as the illustrious 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion Jersey Boy. She currently serves as a USEF "R" rated judge, Chair of the Zone 2 Hunter Committee, is the Pre-Green Incentive Founder and Committee member, and is a member of the USEF Equine D & M Committee. As a rated judge, Susie has judged the New England Medal Finals, the Devon Horse Show, HITS Thermal, the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Hunterdon Cup, Junior Hunter Finals and the USEF Pony Medal Finals. Susie Blaisdell, Jennifer Alfano and Pam Keenan inducted Schoellkopf into the NSHHF, each giving heart felt speeches about her accomplishments.

“All of us believe that Susie truly deserves this honor, as she's excelled in all areas of the equestrian sport, as a rider, trainer, owner, judge, committee chairman and member and as a constant tenacious promoter of the industry. I think very few horseman have had such an incredibly positive influence on so many for so long,” Susie Blaisdell said. “Susie continues to give her time, expertise and opinions to promote the growth of the sport. She's done this by being a USEF R-rated judge at all of the top shows around the country, by chairing and serving on vital USHJA committees and by writing an informative and entertaining column for the Chronicle for years.”
The NSHHF continues to foster the appreciation of the sport through the establishment and maintenance of esteemed awards. The winners of the yearly and overall awards are carefully selected by the vote of trainers who have had champions in the divisions at the shows that have been nominated for the Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year award.

“Susie is one of the most generous and loyal people that I have ever known,” Professional Hunter Rider and Trainer Jennifer Alfano said. “She's given so many people a great leg up. I know before I came to work there she supported many young professionals and gave them some great opportunities. Almost 24 years ago, knowing very little about me, she gave me a chance and hired me. We have had an incredible journey since that day.”

Schoellkopf has dedicated her life to the Buffalo Equestrian Center and the BTRC, providing children with the opportunity to ride, who may never have had that chance. The facility’s location in Downtown Buffalo is ideal for many of the inner-city kids to take a bus for their riding lessons.

Alfano elaborated, “Many of these kids in the city would not have this opportunity elsewhere. There's no agenda here. These aren't people who will ever go on to spend money. Susie just wants kids involved with horses. It's not just show kids. Those kids are all so important to her.”

The BTRC has also become a staple in the equestrian world, acting as a beacon of light for many other therapeutic riding centers across the nation. She founded the program in 1990, and it has only continued to grow. Every year the BTRC hosts its Buffalo International Horse Show, raising crucial funds for the therapeutic program.

“Susie has a wide variety of students with many physical and emotional challenges, but the one thing that they all share is their love for Susie,” Alfano smiled. “Every Monday they come running through the door screaming her name. She knows every child in that program. She knows their parents. She knows their siblings. She's there to cheer them on...Her devotion to that program is truly impressive.”

Schoellkopf concluded the presentation with these sentiments, “Everybody in this room has given me such an amazing ride through this sport. Through the many highs and the many lows, and I am so thankful to have a place in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. Most importantly though, I want to thank all of the horses who have crossed my path, who teach me every day why we all do what we do and love each day.”

During the Devon Horse Show and County Fair SBS Farms rode to the top of the leader board with their prestigious mounts. Alfano and Candid collected the third place ribbon in the Green Conformation Model, as well as the first place finish over fences and the third in the handy. During the Second Year Green Working Hunters, Billie Steffee’s Maggie May captured great ribbons, but her shining moment was during the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. She rode to an impressive score of 176.5 during the first round, and came back in the handy for a score of 193. Their cumulative score of 369.50 earned Alfano and Maggie May the third place award.

Alfano also had the chance to showcase an unforeseen talent during the Five Gaited Saddle Horse Special. She rode Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s CH Callaway’s Born For This to the first place finish. The pair beat out other internationally acclaimed riders Todd Minikus, McLain Ward, Candice King and Hunt Tosh for the win.

While SBS Farms was busy collecting ribbons at Devon, Alicia Heberle led another strong contingent of horses and riders to top ribbons at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, NY. Heberle helped train Alex Trolli and Hey Sailor to the Children’s Hunter Championship during week one of the show, while also bringing home two wins with Del Piero during the second week.

SBS Farms, Inc. now will pack their trunks and head to the long-anticipated Hunter Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum June 6-8. Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.

 

The BTRC Series Wrap-Up: Riders Welcome the Summer With Top Performances and Tricolors

Buffalo, NY – May 9, 2014 – This past weekend the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) hosted its annual BTRC Series, which featured riders from the Buffalo Equestrian Center, SBS Farms, Inc., Hunters Ridge, Legacy Hunters and Smoke Tree Farm. With an array of divisions, the BTRC saw top performances from horse and rider combinations in the hunter and jumper classes.

The Optimum Time Training Wheel Jumpers kicked off the show on Friday, May 2. The BTRC’s Mick-o-Angelo and Maddie Calanhan took home the Series Championship with the top times. Beth Congel’s Gipetto, with rider Rachel Clawson in the irons, took home two blues and was awarded the Reserve Series Championship. Amanda Calisto and the BTRC's Cenzington 002 came out with two second place ribbons and the fourth. Emma Walters and her own American Girl placed in the top results with the first, second and fourth place ribbons.

In Modified Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunters, the BTRC's Lolito took home two first place ribbons and the tricolor with Alex Trolli. Trolli also took home the second rosette of the day aboard Doreen Toben's Del Piero. Dr. Jennifer Basile and Play More received the third and fourth place for their work over fences, narrowly missing their chance at the division’s championship. Trolli finished the series with Del Piero capturing the overall series championship, and Lolito finishing just behind to take the reserve.

It was Hey Sailor, owned by the BTRC, and Andrea Bello who rode to the Low Adult Hunter Championship. The BTRC's Logan's Peak and Courtney Pfeffer earned the reserve championship. The Series Championship went to the BTRC's Upstanding and Mary Trincanati, with Logan's Peak receiving the Reserve Series Championship.

In the Walk Trot division winners included the BEC's Isabelle Redding taking the first and third, and the BEC's Adele Krabac taking two blues. Another blue was awarded to Morgan Manning of Syracuse. Devin Mueller and Legacy rode to the blue ribbons in the Walk Trot Canter divisions, while Erika Kreuger from Legacy, and Sarah Rodwin (BEC) also captured top honors.

In the Pleasure division, BTRC's Pinot Noir and Donna Steinwachs took champion with two blues and a red, also taking home the Series Championship.

Samantha Abbott cinched the championship honors in the Beginner Hunters with Lickety Split from Smoke Tree Farm. The pair rode to two first place ribbons and the second, while Linnea Garrison and the BTRC’s Belgian Treat finished with the reserve championship. Split also nabbed the BTRC Series Championship, with Lucky Charm finishing in the reserve position.

In the Crossrails, Parker and Morgan Manning took home the championship with BTRC's Smart Aleck and Zoe Schaab earning the reserve. Smart Aleck was the Series Champion, with BTRC's Curracloe Sparkling Diamond earning the Reserve Series Championship title.

In the Open Hunter, Amanda Calisto and BTRC's Nicholas finished with 47 points for the series and took home Series Championship. One of the most exciting moments of the BTRC Series was when Barbara Kearney's Heartbreaker made his debut in the Baby Green and Open Hunter divisions. Heartbreaker is out of GG Valentine by Oh Star, and has a promising career ahead.

The BTRC will host its next show when the Buffalo International Horse Show returns for its 68th year. The show will run from September 10-14, 2014.

Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visitwww.thebtrc.org.

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