2017 Buffalo International Horse Show Dedicated in Memory of Dr. John Steele


Above photo: Dr. John R. Steele – Photo by Ken Kraus/Phelps Media Group


Buffalo, N.Y. – Aug. 25, 2017 – The 71st installment of the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) returns to Buffalo, New York, Sept. 13-17, at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). This year’s event will be dedicated in memory of the late Dr. John R. Steele, DVM.

The international sport horse community lost one of its legends earlier this year with the passing of Dr. Steele. Dr. Steele, or ‘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 fees not included)!

The BIHS is a AA rated hunter/jumper show and offers excellent preparation for horses and riders who will be competing at 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


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

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.