Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 14, 2018 – A week of exciting competition continued on Friday at the 72nd annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) in Buffalo, New York. Prestigious classes such as the ASPCA Maclay and the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal took place as well as several championships at the historic show, whose proceeds benefit the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC).
Hannah Tuckner piloted Queen Vienna to the Non-Pro 2’6”/3′ championship after earning a first and second over fences and a third place on the flat. The reserve champion was Hadley Benneyan riding Skidmore College’s Crosby to a first and second place. Julia Barnes currently leads the Amateur Owner 36 and Over Hunters with her mount Simply Cool. The pair swept Friday’s portion of the division, setting themselves up nicely for Saturday’s portion where the championship will be awarded.
Christa Carson piloted her own, Weatherman, to the lead in the Amateur Owner 3’3”/3’6” Hunter division. The pair earned a first and second place over fences and rode to a third place under saddle ahead of Saturday’s competition. The division will crown its champion Saturday, September 15.
The Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter, Christine Ruh and Gracious, owned by Eight Oaks, currently hold the lead after earning two firsts and a fourth place on the flat. Following close behind in the division is Maeve Foley riding Crosby, owned by Skidmore College. The pair rode to two second place ribbons over fences and a first place on the flat.
Junior rider, Sydney Degrazia, had a successful afternoon as she rode to the first place finish in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Jumper phase riding her own Cadmo Van De Pluum. Second place in the class was awarded to Maeve O’Donovan riding KT Caraco, owned by STA Enterprises, LLC. Jenna Drago and Jacinto Van De Dornehoeve, owned by Chaz Harpman, received third place, and rounding out the top four was Emma Seving aboard Cairo, owned by Katie Epes.
Degrazia brought home another win as she piloted KT Jazz to a win in the Children’s/Adult 1.10m Jumper class. In the other Children’s/Adult 1.10m Jumper class, the first place was awarded to Jessica Mundie riding her own Camalii. The winner of the first Low Children’s/Adult 1.0m Jumpers was Elizabeth D’loren riding Up Stream, owned by Benjamin Hoban. The win in the second class was given to Amanda Terhaar riding Dukato, owned by Sherri Terhaar.
The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby is still to come on Saturday, Sept. 15, along with a full schedule of competition on Friday. Stay tuned for more results from the 2018 Buffalo International Horse Show throughout the rest of the weekend!
Competition at the Buffalo International Horse Show will resume on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.
The BIHS is held each year as a benefit for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) and is designated a ‘Heritage’ competition by US Equestrian (USEF), reserved for horse shows in existence for 25 years or more. The BIHS is fortunate to be one of less than 30 horse shows nationwide that holds this illustrious status.
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All photos by Jess Windhurst Photography