Harold Frey Family Donates Special Awards for $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby at 2017 BIHS

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Buffalo, N.Y. – Aug. 30, 2017 – The Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) is set to host its 71st annual hunter/jumper competition this fall at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). The show will be held from Sept. 13-17, and will not only offer top tier competition, but will also act as the largest fundraiser of the year for the BTRC.

The BIHS recognizes that without continued generosity and support of its sponsors, many of whom have sponsored the historic event for multiple years, the BIHS would not be where it is today as one of the top horse shows in the nation.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of our local community as well as the equestrian industry,” said Susie Schoellkopf, executive director of the BTRC.

The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby, one of the most prestigious classes in the competition, will be Saturday’s featured event and the class will award eight overall ribbons. To the leading rider, the Harold Frey family have generously donated $1,000 and $500 to the leading groom. The leading rider will also win the Russell Frey Leading Rider trophy, donated by the Harold Frey family.

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. The show is known for having great prize money and promising competition, and will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a number of professional hunter divisions. The second day of competition includes the amateur-owner hunter divisions as well as the always-popular $1,000 Phelps Media Group Grooms Class and the $1,500 USHJA 3′ and 3’3″ Green Incentive.

On Friday, keep an eye out for the $1,000 “The Full Monty” Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter Classic and the $1,000 Up The Creek Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Classic. The ASPCA Maclay, USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal and WIHS Jumper Phase will also take place on Friday afternoon. At 5:45 p.m., the BTRC will put on a demonstration where students will have a chance to show off what they’ve learned throughout the year. The demonstration is sponsored by Up The Creek Farm, a long-standing supporter of the BTRC and the BIHS.

Saturday’s schedule highlights adult amateur, pony and junior hunter classics, in addition to jumper classics in the afternoon, leading up to the highly anticipated $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby.

The show concludes on Sunday, Sept. 17, with a number of junior hunter and children’s pony hunter divisions. The show finishes with the $500 Johnson Horse Transportation Silver Stirrup Classic, a two-round competition to be judged on the performance of the horse or pony.

Those interested in sponsoring the 71st edition of the Buffalo International Horse Show, please contact the BTRC at 716-877-9295 or email [email protected]. For more information regarding the BIHS and BTRC, 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 Phelps Media Group 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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Phone: 561-753-3389

Website: www.phelpsmediagroup.com