Buffalo, New York - Founded in 1922, The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) stands as one of the largest, most influential and dynamic equestrian centers in the nation. Over the course of the year, BTRC hosts the renowned "AA" Buffalo International Horse Show as well as the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) Show Series to benefit the invaluable program that has found a home at the exquisite 160 stall English Tudor and gothic style facility.
This coming September, BTRC looks forward to hosting the 64th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) September 15-19, 2010. Rated "AA" by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), BIHS is also recognized by the Syracuse Professional Horseman's Association (PHA), Ohio PHA, WPPHA, and is sanctioned as a Canadian rated show as well. Competitors at this year's BIHS will have a competitive advantage going into the indoor show season as BTRC's spacious indoor arena provides the perfect opportunity for horses and riders to become reacquainted with showing indoors.
Not only can riders take advantage of the BIHS indoor experience, but also the numerous classes offering great prize money. BIHS will introduce a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in 2010, giving riders a chance to get a jumpstart on accruing points for the 2010 - 2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance Series Standings. Additional classes to be offered at the 2010 BIHS include the $2,500 USHJA Churchhill Hunter Classic, $2,500 Up The Creek High Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, $2,500 Stephen Comunale Jr. Cancer Foundation Low Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, $1,000 Full Monty Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, $1,000 Raven Woods Grooms Class, $500 Pony Hunter Classic, $500 Say Hay Children's Hunter Classic, and the $500 Adult Hunter Classic.
Following the BIHS, the BTRC Series will get underway and is comprised of five horse shows beginning at the end of September and culminating with the BTRC Series Finale in May. The last horse show before the 2009/2010 Finale will take place April 24-25, and then the Finale will wrap up the 2009/2010 Series May 4-5. Participants in the following divisions throughout the Series will receive year-end coolers as well as championship and reserve championship ribbons under the condition that the division filled at three or more shows. Those divisions include: Baby Green Hunter, Open Hunter, Modified Amateur Hunter, Novice Adult Hunter, Pony Hunter, Modified Junior Hunter, Novice Children's Hunter, Pleasure Horse/Pony, Crossrail Hunter, Adult Crossrail Hunter, Intermediate Rider, Schooling Jumper, and Non-Pro Jumper.
Proceeds from BIHS and the BTRC Series benefit the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center program, aiding in the fulfillment of the BTRC mission: "To create and environment that provides our child community with quality training, education, and competition. We will provide a stimulating environment for mentally and mildly physically challenged children. Our goal with each student is to increase self-esteem and self-confidence. We will strive to achieve new levels of success in all of our endeavors."
In addition to the horse shows, BTRC also provides lessons, summer camp, and educational exhibitions. Lessons are available Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year, and offer instruction from beginner walk-trot, to intermediate, to advanced jumping. Focusing on horsemanship as well as riding skill, highly qualified instructors encourage students to participate in the care and preparation of their horses, teaching them about the various uses of different pieces of tack and equipment. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming educational seminars and Summer Day Camp sessions in 2010.
For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.com.
For more information on the Buffalo International Horse Show, BTRC Series, and Educational Clinics, please visit www.thebtrc.com or call (716) 877-9295.
Photo Credit: Meredith Lipke and Accomplice. Photo © 2010 Jessica Marie Nemzoff/PMG.