Sarah Barge and Coupe Du Monde Win $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby at 73rd Buffalo International Horse Show

Buffalo, NY – Sept. 14, 2019 – Saturday at the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) was packed full of hunter, jumper and equitation classes held throughout the day. The evening culminated with the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby where Sarah Barge and Coupe Du Monde’s flawless handy round earned the victory. The derby was followed by the $1,000 S.A. Comunale NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and the $1,000 S.A. Comunale NAL Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, where athletes showcased speed and accuracy.

Sarah Barge and Coupe Du Monde. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

After two rounds of the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby, Sarah Barge and Coupe Du Monde, owned by Stone Lane Stables topped the competitive class of professional, amateur and junior entries, also earning them the Frey Family Trophy, awarded to the winner of the National Hunter Derby. Jamie Bates rode Samantha Dispenza’s Lacoste to the second place finish. Jenna Drago piloted Irascibull, owned by Susan Seman, to the third place ribbon.

Following the derby, the jumpers took the spotlight in the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) arena. In the S.A Comunale NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Aaron Donnan was fast and clear on After Joe to take home the win, with Alexis Mierzwa and Ever Sinful taking the second place ribbon and the championship. In the S.A. Comunale Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Shauna Pingrey rode her Fabrianna DR to the top spot and the champion ribbon, followed by Charity Donnan and her horse Lenny for second place.

Aaron Donnan and After Joe. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

Earlier in the day, the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ 36 and Over Hunter division completed its final classes of the division with Christine Steer piloting Marvelous to a win in the first over fences, while Penelope Ayers and Turner took first place in the second over fences. Ayers placed third and fifth aboard Cezanne to secure the championship position and the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title.

Penelope Ayers and Cezanne. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

Simply Cool and Julia Barnes were simply the best in the Adult Amateur 36 and Over Hunter division, earning a pair of blue ribbons to clinch the championship. Christine Ruh and Stardust continued their winning ways from Friday with a win in the first over fences round of the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division to win the championship ribbon.

Julia Barnes and Simply Cool. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

In the Junior 3’6″ Hunter division, Drago rode Peter Pletcher’s Sandrino to the top place in both over fences classes to set them up nicely for the championship. Emma Walters and the BTRC’s Crisp also won both of their over fences rounds in the Junior 3’3″ Hunter division to take a clear lead towards the championship.

Jenna Drago and Sandrino. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

Amateurs and Juniors took center stage for the $1,000 Up The Creek Junior/Amatuer Owner 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter Classic. Walters repeated her stellar performance from earlier in the day to take the win aboard Crisp, while Drago rode Sandrino to the red ribbon. Michelle Gauchat and her Le Diplomate rounded out the top three. The Groom’s Class was won by Katie Grindelli with Amanda Schurr’s Lunatico Kristal B, while Gabby Steinhardt placed second with Crisp.

Emma Walters and Crisp. Photo: Jess Windhurst Photography

Linnea Garrison and Adele Krabak were honored with the Peach Taylor Sportsmanship Award. This award is given in memory of Taylor by her grandson, Mason Phelps, Founder and President of Phelps Media Group. The recipient is chosen for his or her dedication to the welfare of horses as well as their kind and caring nature towards peers and teachers.

The 73rd BIHS was dedicated in memory of Hans Mobius and was honored before the evening’s competition. Mobius was a rider, trainer, and stewart of the equestrian industry. He was a dedicated supporter of the Buffalo Equestrian Center and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center before passing away at the age of 84.

The BIHS will come to a conclusion on Sunday, Sept. 15, with the continuation of the Junior Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ divisions and the naming of the Grand Junior Hunter champion. The children’s and pony divisions will also return to the ring.

For more information about the BIHS and BTRC, click here.


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