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Kacey McCann and Radius H Capture ASPCA Maclay Win Buffalo International

Buffalo, NY - September 23, 2007 - The 61st Buffalo International Horse Show concluded this afternoon after a morning of equitation classes, and Kacey McCann of Palmyra, PA, rode to the ASPCA Maclay win.

McCann, 16, rides and trains with Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms Ltd. and recently placed seventh in the regional Maclay qualifier in New York. Radius H, purchased from Lauren Hough, is now owned by Schoellkopf.

"I actually broke my toe just before Regionals, and I haven't ridden in two weeks," McCann explained. "I got here last night and just got on and went today. He's great to jump, and he's really comfortable to flat, too. He's the whole package!"

The pair also won the jumper phase of the Washington International Horse Show equitation classic but did not compete in the hunter phase. McCann will travel next to Capital Challenge in Upper Marlboro, MD, and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.

Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, won the overall WIHS equitation with a combined score of 163. Aboard Lars, owned by Deeridge Farm, Jacobs earned a hunter phase score of 83 and a jumper phase score of 80. She and Lars earned first place in the Open Equitation division this morning as well.

Of Lars, Jacobs said that he went well today in all of the classes.

"He was really good. He's really fun to ride," she said. "He's easy to collect and go forward." Jacobs also competed with Lars in the $2,500 GG Valentine Handy Hunter Classic and Court Jester in the Large Pony Hunters, among others.

Grace Socha of Kennett Square, PA, was named Best Child Rider of the five-day show, after earning numerous ribbons and championships in both the hunter and jumper rings. She also compete in the equitation this morning.

The Buffalo International Horse Show is 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 at the Saddle and Bridle Club 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 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 Ltd., 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kacey McCann and Radius H, winners of the ASPCA Maclay at the Buffalo International Horse Show. Photo(C)2007 Randi Muster. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release.

 

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