Emma Walters and Jackson Earn Baby Green Hunter Championship Opening Day of 74th Buffalo International Horse Show

Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 16, 2021 – The 74th Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) kicked off Thursday, Sept. 16 with a roster of some of the nation’s top hunter competitors competing in the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) indoor riding facility uniquely located in the heart of the city of Buffalo. One-hundred percent of the BIHS’ proceeds is donated to the BTRC’s therapeutic riding program.

The champion of the Baby Green Hunters was crowned Wednesday after the division’s two over fences rounds and an under saddle. Emma Walters rode into the winner’s circle aboard SBS Farm’s Jackson. The pair won both of the over fences classes and placed second in the under saddle. Jamie Bates rode Becky Bates’ House of Bourbon to the win in the under saddle as well as a third place ribbon over fences to earn the reserve championship title.

Emma Walters and SBS Farm’s Jackson. Photo By: Jessica Windhurst

In the Performance Green 3’3″ Hunter division, Bates and Elizabeth Jacobs’ Finnello earned the championship title after winning the first over fences classes as well as earning two second place ribbons. The reserve championship was presented to Marguerite Herberle and her own Scandal, who won the final over fences class and also placed second in the under saddle.

Jamie Bates and Finnello. Photo By: Jessica Windhurst

The Thoroughbred Hunters took center stage later in the day and it was Adia Murphy and her own High Minded that topped the standings for the championship honors after winning the first over fences class and the under saddle class. Bates earned her third tricolor of the day with Good Golly Miss Molly, owned by Susan Grupp. The duo won the second over fences class as well as placing second over fences and in the under saddle for the reserve championship.

Adia Murphy and High Minded. Photo By: Jessica Windhurst

The day concluded with the $1,000 Grooms Class sponsored by Penelope Ayers. The winning title went to SBS Farm’s Katie Grandelli. Abbie Beham of Kings Quarters placed second while Michelle Kemke from the Duffy Housel Group Inc. rounded out the top three.

SBS Farm’s Katie Grandelli winning the Grooms Class. Photo By: Jessica Windhurst

The BIHS will continue on Friday, Sept. 17 with the continuation of the Green Hunter divisions. The day will conclude with a demonstration by the BTRC and finally the NAL Children’s/Adult Jumpers.

The BIHS is designated a ‘Heritage’ competition by US Equestrian (USEF), reserved for horse shows in existence for 25 years or more that have promoted and grown equestrian sport and made contributions to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition. The BIHS is fortunate to be one of less than 30 horse shows nationwide that holds this illustrious status.

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