Ulrich, Kurtz and Bello Awarded Day Three Hunter Championships at Buffalo International Horse Show‏

By Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group

Buffalo, NY – September 11, 2015 Lydia Ulrich has been on a roll this week at the Buffalo International Horse Show. With one championship title already under her belt coming in to the day, the young rider added two more impressive tricolors to her collection on Friday.

Joining her on the list of hunter championship winners on the third day of the 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center were Kaitlyn Kurtz and Andrea Bello.


Lydia Ulrich and Sansouci. Photo by SEL Photography.

Ulrich kicked off her Friday by claiming the Non-Pro Hunter division championship aboard her own Sansouci. She and the 7-year-old Warmblood gelding finished first and second over fences and first under saddle before claiming to the honor. Finishing with the division’s reserve championship were the winners of the second over fences class, Alyssa Bokor and Carafino.


Lydia Ulrich and Montenegro. Photo by SEL Photography.

Ulrich next returned to the ring on another of her talented mounts, a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding named Montenegro, to win the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter championship. Finishing in reserve were Penelope Ayers and Oriano, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Ulrich’s success with Montenegro also earned them the title of Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter champions.


Lydia Ulrich and Montenegro. Photo by SEL Photography.

In the 3’6″ Amateur-Owner Hunter division, the top award went to Kaitlyn Kurtz and her own 12-year-old Warmblood gelding Palm Beach. Finishing very close behind to take the reserve championship were Kelly Bauernschmidt and Legato.


Kaitlyn Kurtz and Palm Beach. Photo by SEL Photography.

Rounding out the day’s list of hunter championship winners were Andrea Bello and her Thoroughbred gelding, Calvin. The pair rode to back-to-back blue ribbons over fences to clinch the title, while the reserve championship was awarded to Elexis Merlino and La Bella Vita.


Andrea Bello and Calvin. Photo by SEL Photography.

On Friday evening, following the conclusion of the day’s hunter competition, riders from the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center took to the ring for an impressive demonstration of all that they have worked so hard on through the program. Each year, the Buffalo International Horse Show serves as one of the largest fundraisers for the therapeutic riding program, the events sole beneficiary.


While hunters headlined the Buffalo International Horse Show the first two days, the jumper divisions kicked off in the spotlight on Friday night with the start of the Children’s/Adult Jumpers and the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers. Earning the wins in the Children’s Adult/Jumper classes were Lauren Paddock on Gina Calicchio’s Chacca Blue and Paige Kouimanis on Sweet Oak Farm’s Lexus. In the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers, the two blue ribbons went to Jessica Sciarra and her own Caspian and Kristina Kaufman and Corconera Dela Galerna, owned by Pedro Gutierrez.


The 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show continues on Saturday with a full day of both hunter and jumper classics including the featured $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby, the $2,500 S.A. Comunale NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, the $1,500 S.A. Comunale Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, the $1,000 “Scribbles” Pony Hunter Classic, the $1,000 Up the Creek 3’6″ Junior Hunter Classic and the $1,000 Up the Creek 3’3″ Junior Hunter Classic.

To learn more about the Buffalo International Horse Show and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center visit www.thebtrc.org.

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