Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 20, 2021 – On the final day of the 74th Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), Children’s and Pony Hunters were in the spotlight as their divisions concluded and champions were named. Highlighting the day on Sunday was Alexandra Smith who rode Cakewalk to the Children’s Hunter Horse championship title after two days of competition.
Smith and Cakewalk, owned by the BTRC, had a dominating performance throughout the weekend, winning all four over fences classes as well as placing second in the under saddle class to claim the Children’s Hunter Horse championship. The reserve championship honors were presented to Molly Gfroerer and her own Fortune after they won the under saddle and earned three second place ribbons.
In the Children’s Hunter Pony Hunter division, Jessica Washburn piloted Kimberly Pokstis’ Something to Talk About to two wins in all three over fences classes. Lexi Reininger and her own Fantastic Mr. Fox scored the win in the under saddle class as well as second place ribbon in the first over fences class to take home the reserve championship.
The Low Adult Hunter division was led by Karissa Bosh and her own Sophisticated. The duo won two over fences classes as well as the under saddle to earn the championship prize. The winner of the first over fences class was Jackie Boyczuk and the BTRC’s Motion Picture. They also placed second in the under saddle and second over fences for the reserve championship award.
In the Low Children’sHunter division, Siobhan Stubbe rode Marguerite Heberle’s Scandal to wins in two of the over fences class as well as second place ribbon during the under saddle to earn the division’s championship title. The reserve championship was presented to Isabelle Hillstad for her performance aboard the BTRC’s Copyright, having won the second over fences class and also picking up two second place ribbons.
Sunday’s competition concluded with the $500 Johnson Horse Transportation Silver Stirrup Classic where Stubbe and Scandal once again showcased their skills to capture the winning title. Paige Jackson and Leslie Miller’s Jolly Roger placed second, while Boyczuk and Motion Picture rounded out the top three.
The 74th Buffalo International Horse Show has come to a close but its effects will carry on through the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, the venue of the BIHS and the official charity benefit of the annual horse show to support children with physical and emotional disabilities. We look forward to 2022!
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