Buffalo International Horse Show Dedicated in Memory of Dr. John Steele

The 71st installment of the Buffalo International Horse Show returns to Buffalo, New York, Sept. 13-17, at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. This year's event will be dedicated in memory of the late John R. Steele, DVM.

Dr. John R. Steele

Dr. John R. Steele

The international sport horse community lost one of its legends earlier this year with the passing of Dr. Steele. "Doc" as he was lovingly known by many, was a pioneer in sport horse medicine and had a distinguished career as an equine veterinarian. Dr. Steele passed away on Feb. 24 at 91 years old.

"Doc has been such an intricate and positive part of SBS Farms and the BTRC for over 40 years," said Susie Schoellkopf, executive director of the BTRC. "The horses came first. He always reverted back to the remedies he learned from great vets and trainers from his Standardbred days. Rest and long-time therapy came first. He was not a believer in quick fixes. He taught us all to be better horsemen."

Dr. Steele defied his age by continuing to treat horses until the week before his passing. His work ethic was second to none, and he is recognized around the world for deeply understanding the "whole horse."

In appreciation for this year's BIHS exhibitors, the event is offering the following exciting incentives:

  • Baby Green Hunters will have no entry fee. Bring your young ones to the BIHS for their first show experience!
  • Junior riders will earn a $25 credit for attending a horsemanship class on Sunday morning!
  • Trainers who bring five showing horses will receive one free stall; bring 10 or more and get two stalls free!
  • All showing horses will be included in a drawing for free entries and one free stall on Saturday night (US Equestrian Federation fees not included)!

The BIHS is a premier rated Hunter/Jumper show and offers excellent preparation for horses and riders who will be competing at the indoor finals this fall as the facility features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Submit your entries today!

For more information regarding the 71st annual Buffalo International Horse Show and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please click here.

71st Buffalo International Horse Show Fast Facts:

EVENT: The 71st annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center.

WHAT: The prestigious Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) is a AA rated hunter/jumper show and is one of the best ways for exhibitors to prepare themselves and their horses for the fall indoor circuit. The horse show also offers generous prize money in every division and is sanctioned and recognized by US Equestrian, Syracuse PHA, Ohio PHA and the WPPHA. The BIHS is designated a 'Heritage' competition by US Equestrian, reserved for horse shows in existence for 25 years or more that have 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.

WHERE: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
950 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216

WHEN: Sept. 13-17, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:

Thursday, Sept. 14:
$1,500 USHJA 3' and 3'3" Green Incentive
$1,000 Ravenswood Grooms Class

Friday, Sept. 15:
$1,000 "The Full Monty" Amateur-Owner 3'6" Hunter Classic
$1,000 Up The Creek Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunter Classic

Saturday, Sept. 16:
$500 "Shogun" Adult Amateur Hunter Classic
$1,000 "Scribbles" Pony Hunter Classic
$1,000 Up The Creek Junior 3'6" Hunter Classic
$1,000 Up The Creek Junior 3'3" Hunter Classic
$5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby
$2,500 S. A. Comunale NAL Children's/Adult Jumper Classic
$1,500 S. A. Comunale Low Children's/Adult Jumper Classic

Sunday, Sept. 17:
$500 Children's Pony Hunter Classic
$500 "Say Hey" Children's Hunter Classic
$500 Johnson Horse Transportation Silver Stirrup Classic

AWARD SPONSORS:
EMO Insurance - Championship Awards

The Hunting Horn - Reserve Championship Awards

ADMISSION: Admission to the horse show is FREE, with the exception of Friday and Saturday evenings after 5 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center.

PARKING: Parking is available on Amherst Street or behind the property on Great Arrow Drive. On the weekends, parking is available in the Tapestry Charter School parking lot.

FACILITY: The Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club was built in 1922 as an indoor polo arena. Today it is known as the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Located in the heart of metropolitan Buffalo, New York, it is now the home of the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms, Inc. The five-acre site includes the indoor 120 x 90 riding arena, stables, paddocks and an outdoor riding ring. The spectacular barn offers permanent stalls for all horse show participants.

CONTACT:

Buffalo International Horse Show

Email: becandbtrc@aol.com

Phone: 716-877-9295

Website: www.thebtrc.org

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

Address: 12012 South Shore Blvd. Suite 201, Wellington, FL 33414

Email: info@phelpsmediagroup.com

Phone: 561-753-3389

Website: www.phelpsmediagroup.com

SBS Farms Clinches Top Placings in USHJA International Hunter Derby at Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy

SBS Farms Head Trainer Jennifer Alfano made a remarkable comeback at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, after an injury sidelined her since mid-2016. 

Alfano claimed the top two spots in the competitive USHJA International Hunter Derby — First place with Sharon O’Neill’s Miss Lucy and second with SBS Farms’ Jersey Boy. For Jersey Boy, it was also a triumphant return to the International Hunter Derby arena after being absent from it for two years. Alfano also guided her own Candid to fifth place for an impressive day back in the ring.

"It was really exciting," Alfano said. "I hadn't done a derby in over a year, so it was pretty exciting to be able to do it again and the horse were incredible. Overall it was a great day."

SBS Farms’ performance horses took home numerous championships and placings at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic as well. Candid came out on top as champion in the Conformation division, Girl Crush took home the championship title in the 3’6” Green Hunters, and Kathy Chiaf’s Kindred was champion in the 3’ Green Hunter section. 

Samantha Hurley’s Silver Icing took numerous ribbons in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony classes with rider Molly Gfroerer and finished the week with championship honors.

Zoe Schaab and Lucky Charm, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, had an exciting championship win in the Children’s Large Pony division. Emma Walters rode Alex Trolli’s Del Piero to the championship in the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, section, and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s Crisp to the reserve championship. Sydney Steffee and Green Ivy also had several high placings in Children’s classes.

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s performance horses also took the top two placings in the Low Adult Hunter section, with the championship ribbon for Manolo and rider Stephanie Brennan, and the reserve championship for Rose Hill and Kathryn Crawford. Peron took home a win and several other high placings with rider Christine Ruh.

This same weekend West of the Mississippi River, SBS Farms’ Kathy Chiaf and her own Sweetwater made SBS Farms proud at the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Horse Show. Chiaf and her mount were not only on the winning Zone 7 Adult Amateur Hunter team, but they also claimed the individual Adult Amateur Hunter gold medal. 

Kathy Chiaf and Sweetwater

Kathy Chiaf and Sweetwater

The Adult Amateur Individual competition saw 12 riders go head-to-head on the final day of competition, with the top-three riders each taking all of the high options to earn extra bonus points.

Chiaf, of Edmond, Oklahoma, earned a total of 390 points aboard her own Sweetwater from the Under Saddle, Derby Course and Handy Course to earn the gold medal.

"It was awesome," said Chiaf of the Championship. "It's just fun getting to do a special competition other than the basic hunter classes and to get to do a handy."

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Holds Year End Awards Banquet

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) welcomed students, staff, board members and supporters on November 21 to their annual year-end awards banquet, generously sponsored by Michael Taylor and Taylor Harris Insurance Services.

Attendees gathered for an evening of dinner, crafts, and awards to look back and commemorate a year of tremendous accomplishments for BTRC participants. 

BTRC Executive Director Susie Schoellkopf was thrilled with the evening.

"It was amazing," she said. "We are so thankful to Michael Taylor, our board members and everyone involved who came together to make this a wonderful night for our BTRC participants and for those who support our programs all year long. We cannot do the great work that we do to help our participants without the generous support of so many people and we are incredibly grateful to them."

The BTRC program will resume again on May 1, 2017. In addition to the therapeutic riding program through the summer and fall, BTRC is also looking forward to a number of exciting events in 2017. The BTRC Series Shows will run in May, October and November. On September 13-17, the 71st annual Buffalo International Horse Show will take place, and George H. Morris will return during November 10-12 to conduct his 28th annual clinic at BTRC, an event that is looked forward to by many riders and auditors all year long. All clinics and events serve as fundraisers for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center including it's programs, horses, and special needs children.

The BTRC supports its programs through horse shows and donations from individuals and businesses. The entire program would not be possible without the many friends and foundations from Buffalo and across the country who make BTRC the success it is. Your tax-deductible contribution could make a world of difference to a specially challenged rider. If you would like to make a donation please click here

Based out of Buffalo, New York, 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.