Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 18, 2017 – The 2017 Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) concluded on Sunday and crowned numerous champions in the hunter and jumper divisions. It was another great year of showing for both exhibitors and spectators at the 71st annual historic event, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC).
In the $500 “Say Hey” Children’s Hunter Classic, Jessica Lewis and her own Injoy Z claimed the first place prize. Just behind Lewis, Eliza Gurney riding Jennifer Gurney’s Gianni took home second place and Sadie Rutkowski with Marguerite Heberle’s Scandal took third place.
Linnea Garrison and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s Copyright clinched the win in the $500 Johnson Horse Transportation Silver Stirrup Classic. Mary Trincanati rode the BTRC’s Abundance into second place and Julie Ciferni with Christine Hannon’s Cherry Blossom finished in third place.
The Junior 3’3″ Hunter division culminated on Sunday with Emma Walters clinching the championship aboard the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s Crisp after taking home two more blue ribbons in the final over fences rounds on Sunday. The reserve championship went to Jenna Drago and Sandriano, owned by Peter Pletcher.
Following competition on Sunday, Emma Kurtz was named the Best Junior and Child Rider with Rebekah Warren’s Enticement. The talented pair were also named the Grand Champion Junior Hunter for the 2017 BIHS. SBS Farms, Inc.’s Stardust was awarded the Roses Are Red Grand Hunter Challenge Trophy with rider Jennifer Alfano.
Gianni, owned by Jennifer Gurney and ridden by Eliza Gurney, claimed the championship in the Children’s Hunter Horse 14 and Under division. Benjamin Hoban rode Lydia Ulrich’s Dallas to the reserve championship. In the Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 Years, Jessica Lewis rode her own Injoy Z to the championship title, and Olivia Cortese rode her own Coldplay to the reserve championship.
Lewis and her own Injoy Z were named the overall grand champion in the Children’s Hunter division, while Girl Crush, owned by Susan Kimberly and ridden by Alfano, was awarded the Courier Express Trophy.
In the Pony Hunter division, Abundance, owned by the BTRC, took home the championship win with rider Mary Trincanati. Cherry Blossom, owned by Christine Hannon and ridden by Julie Ciferni, claimed the reserve championship in the division.
In the Pre-Adult 2’6″ Hunter division, Trincanati rode the BTRC’s Abundance to another championship win. Ciferni and Cherry Blossom took home the reserve championship just behind the pair. Molly Gfroerer and the BTRC’s Churchill were named champion in the Pre-Children’s 2’6″ Hunter division, with Francesca Olivo and Maggie Welland’s Selina named reserve champion.
After Joe and Real Super Quick, both owned by Charity Donnan and ridden by Aaron Donnan, were presented with the Grand Champion Jumper Ford Roy Trophy to wrap-up competition at the 71st annual Buffalo International Horse Show.
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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