The Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club was built in 1922 as an indoor polo arena. Today, it's known as The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) and features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation.
Located at 950 Amherst Street, in the heart of metropolitan Buffalo, it's also the home of The Buffalo Equestrian Center (BEC) and SBS Farms, Inc. The five-acre site includes the indoor riding arena, stables, paddocks and a newly constructed outdoor riding ring. Additional stalls are available for horse shows.
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center was built in 1922 by a group of local businessmen who formed The Riding Reality Shareholder Corporation. At that time it was called The Saddle and Bridle Club. Harvey Horton, a local architect, designed the facility. The building is unique, not only to Buffalo, but to the entire United States. The English Tudor and gothic-style building--with its lounge in the center with a glass viewing area surrounding the indoor ring--is one of the largest in the country and includes 160 stalls.
The facility is set on part of the land used by the Pan American Exhibition. The United States Army used the building for storage during World War II. After the war, The Saddle and Bridle Club became a public riding center under the direction of Mervyn Alexander. During this era, riders rode through Delaware Park on a daily basis, and some of the top riders of that era rode there.
In 1982, Riding Realty donated the land and the building to Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., which is a not-for-profit corporation. The Saddle and Bridle Club was dissolved, and in its place The Buffalo Equestrian Center (BEC) was established. That same year, SBS Farms, Inc. began leasing stalls from the BTRC.
The therapeutic center runs a program for mentally and physically abused or challenged children. There's an enthusiastic, dedicated group of volunteers, which is the core of the program and serves clients from throughout the city. The program runs from May to November, each Monday afternoon.
The Buffalo Equestrian Center provides riding lessons to riders at all levels, from beginner through advanced, starting at age 6. The BEC lesson program and summer camp is separate from the BTRC Therapeutic Program and both operate concurrently. For more information about the BTRC and BEC, please click on the links to the left.