Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 14, 2017 – Competition for the 71st Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) continued on Thursday in Buffalo, New York, with numerous exciting classes. The positive energy from Wednesday carried over into Thursday’s events, which saw several newly crowned champions in the hunter divisions.
In the Green 3’6″/3’9″ Hunter division, Susan Kimberly’s Girl Crush and SBS Farms, Inc.’s head trainer Jennifer Alfano maintained their lead from Wednesday, claiming the championship title. Alfano also finished strong with Silver Lining, owned by Kathy Chiaf, in the division, taking home the reserve championship.
Santa Maspane and Kennedy, owned by Kathryn Haefner LLC, came out on top in the Low 3′ Hunter division, holding on to their lead from Wednesday to secure the championship title on the second day of competition. Maspane also rode to the reserve championship finish with Kathryn Haefner LLC’s Endeavour in the division.
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC)’s Crisp, ridden by Alfano, clinched the championship in the Performance 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter division. It was Marvelous, owned by Christine Steer and ridden by Sarah Barge, who finished behind the pair with the reserve championship.
For the $1,500 USHJA 3’/3’3″ Green Incentive, Alfano piloted SBS Farms’ Stardust to a win. Finishing just behind Stardust, Alfano also claimed second place with Sharon O’Neill’s Talladega. Chiaf rode her own Kindred to round out the top three.
Randi Byrd, representing SBS Farms, took home first place in the $1,000 Phelps Media Group Grooms Class that followed the day’s competition. Sintifa Dusele claimed second place and Kayla Grant took third place, both representing Stellar Equestrian, to finish the day.
The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby is still to come on Saturday, Sept. 16, along with a full schedule of competition on Friday. Stay tuned for more results from the 2017 Buffalo International Horse Show throughout the rest of the weekend!
The BIHS is the most prominent fundraiser of the year for the BTRC.
The BIHS is an 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. Whether you attend this year’s BIHS as preparation for the fall indoor circuit and zone finals or to cheer on your friends and family, the BTRC welcomes you to their home and wishes all exhibitors a fun and successful show!
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