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61st Annual Buffalo International Horse Show Offers Opportunities for Many

Buffalo, NY - August 30, 2007 - The 61st Annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) is nothing if not historical. In addition to its long record in the show world, the competition offers ways for riders to improve, learn, earn prize money, and help the community. The 61st annual BIHS will be held on September 19-23, 2007.

The show itself is held at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), once named the Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club. Located at 950 Amherst Street in the heart of downtown Buffalo, the facility was built in 1921 for equestrians to use as an indoor polo facility. In 1980, Susie Schoellkopf, president of SBS Farms Inc., returned to her hometown and leased part of the property of the old Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club. Her father, Paul, had headed the Board of Directors at the facility for 20 years. In 1989, the facility was donated to the BTRC, and Schoellkopf was asked by the Board of Directors to become the executive director of the facility. Today, the land is owned by the not-for-profit BTRC, and the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms lease part of the property.

The facility boasts an indoor arena that is 250 by 190 feet long. For many years, top competitors from America and Canada have prepared their horses and students for the fall indoor finals. It is the perfect warm-up competition for the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

The show has increased prize money this year for divisions and classics, such as the $2,500 GG Valentine Handy Hunter Classic, the $2,500 M&T Bank Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, and the $5,000 Up the Creek Pony Hunter Classic.

BIHS has been a large profit-raising entity for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center for years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children from ages 6 to 16. The program uses ex-show horses that are donated to help teach children how to ride and appreciate horses. Competitors at the BIHS can also feel good that the money raised from the show gives back to the equestrian community and Buffalo residents.

For more information on the 61st annual Buffalo International Horse Show, please visit http://www.thebtrc.org.

61ST ANNUAL BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS

EVENT: 61st Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center.

WHAT: Buffalo's most prestigious horse show. The 'AA' rated show is one of the best ways for exhibitors to prepare themselves and their horses for the fall indoor circuit of finals. BIHS offers a large indoor arena for competition that gives horses and riders a chance to compete indoors before showing at the nationals finals in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. or Syracuse. The horse show offers generous prize money in every division.

Sanctioned and recognized by: United States Equestrian Federation, Rated AA; Syracuse Professional Horsemen's Association; Ohio PHA; WPPHA. The show is great for equestrians to use in preparation for the fall indoor circuit and zone finals. Judges: William Ellis and Philip DeVita Jr.

New for 2007, the prize money has been increased in every classic, such as the $1,000 Tell the Truth Adult Hunter and Children's Hunter Classics, as well as a new $1,500 Groom's Class, a $2,500 2'6" Silver Stirrup class, the $2,500 GG Valentine Handy Hunter Classic, the $2,500 M&T Bank Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, and the $5,000 Up the Creek Pony Hunter Classic.

WHERE: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, 950 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216

WHEN: September 19-23, 2007

ADMISSION: Free for spectators, except for Saturday night events, where admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

PARKING: Free on Amherst Street, on the grass on Great Arrow street, or in the school parking lot on Great Arrow.

VIP SEATING: The Red Carpet Club and Box Seating are available. Red Carpet Club offers seats overlooking the ring. A table includes six seats and is $100 per day for Friday and Saturday, and is $140 for Saturday night. A center box includes six seats for the entire show for $250, while a side box (6 seats) for the entire show is $140. Tables are limited, so please make reservations early. Payment and order forms should be sent to: BIHS Red Carpet Club and Box Seating, 950 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216.

VENDOR/TRADE: Champion awards are sponsored by EMO Insurance. Prizes for reserve champions are donated by The Hunting Horn of Penfield, NY, who is also the vendor for the horse show.

DIRECTIONS: From NY thruway/I-90, it is only 10 minutes to the horse show facility. From I-90, take Rt 33 West. Follow to NY-198 East/Scajaquada Expressway West. Follow 198 until the Route 384 North/Delaware Ave exit. At the stop light, turn right and immediately turn left at the next light, which puts you on Delaware Ave. Follow Delaware Ave. until Amherst Street. Turn left on Amherst Street, travel less 200 feet, and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is on the right.

THE FACILITY: The Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club was built in 1921 as an indoor polo arena. Today it is known as The Buffalo Equestrian Center and features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Located at 950 Amherst Street, in the heart of metropolitan Buffalo, it is now the home of The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., The Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms, Inc. The five-acre site includes the indoor sand 120x90 riding arena, stables, paddocks and a newly constructed outdoor riding ring. The spectacular barn offers permanent stalls for all horse show participants.

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for six years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16. Programs are designed and taught by Libby McNabb, an instructor registered with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA) and with Special Olympics. Volunteers are always needed and are an invaluable part of the program. They can assist with horse care and handling or can serve as a friend and side walker. For more information, please call (716) 877-9295.

The Buffalo Equestrian Center is also home to SBS Farms, Inc. which continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club and is one of the top show stables in the northeast. The horses and riders of SBS Farms travel extensively, competing at major shows throughout the country. Susan B. Schoellkopf, Director of SBS Farms, is committed to providing superior quality service to the equestrian community. Susan is involved with associations that both govern and promote the horse industry and has been associated with the Center for 35 years. She has trained some of the top hunters and equitation riders in the U.S. and Canada. Susan has served as a judge for the United States Equestrian Federation and is on the Board of the USEF. Susan serves in the USEF Hunter committees. Jennifer Alfano, who trains and rides at SBS Farms, was the 1996 and 1997 World Champion Hunter Rider.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Buffalo International Horse Show benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, and is one of the largest fundraisers for the program.

THURSDAY:

Last class- $1,500 Grooms' Class

FRIDAY:

$1,000 Tell the Truth Adult Hunter Classic

$5,000 Up the Creek Pony Hunter Classic

Retirement Ceremony for Tell the Truth

SATURDAY:

$1,000 Tell the Truth Children's Hunter Classic

SATURDAY NIGHT (not before 6 p.m.):

$2,500 IBM Silver Stirrup 2'6" Classic

$2,500 GG Valentine Handy Hunter Classic

$2,500 M&T Bank Children's/Adult Jumper Classic

SUNDAY:

Medal Classes

Competition finished at noon

CONTACT: Buffalo International Horse Show

950 Amherst St.

Buffalo, NY 14216

716-877-9295 (phone)

716-877-4001 (fax)

sbeat@aol.com

http://www.thebtrc.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

Jennifer Wood

13833 Wellington Trace

Unit E-4 #221

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

jlw@phelpsmediagroup.com

http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Photo Credit: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Director Libby McNabb and student. Photo (C) 2006 Jennifer Wood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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