The 2013 Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) will be held September 11-15, 2013 on the historic grounds of The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, 950 Amherst Street, in Buffalo. The region’s largest indoor riding rink, and the only equestrian barn in operation in the City of Buffalo, will host hundreds of entries over five days, including the $3,000 USHJA 3’ National Hunter Derby Classic event on Saturday evening, September 15.
Buffalo resident and most recently named National Hunter Hall of Fame Rider of the Year (2012) Jennifer Alfano is among the riders scheduled to compete. Ms. Alfano will be showing on horses throughout the show, and is expected to be in the running for the five professional division championship titles. Residing in Ocala, Florida and Buffalo, New York, Ms. Alfano is a top hunter professional who in 2012 won the USHJA International $100,000 Hunter Derby in Lexington, Kentucky. This year SBS Farm’s (a Buffalo-based show stable for 35+ years) Jersey Boy was named USHJA Derby Series horse of the year for the third year.
The BIHS is a significant fundraiser for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit organization that serves children with special needs through participation in a proven equestrian riding program that benefits hundreds of Western New York children. BTRC is an accredited member of PATH International and provides lessons for children to enhance their physical strength, balance, self-esteem and meet their overall need to experience a wide variety of activities.
The public is welcome to attend the BIHS. Admission is free at all times, with the exception of the Friday and Saturday evening championship events, and tickets may be purchased at the gate for $5/person. In addition to scheduled events, a vendor fair of high quality gifts, leather goods and horse accessories will be held during show hours. Parking cannot be accommodated on the grounds, but street parking is available on Great Arrow, Amherst Street, and on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday at Tapestry Charter School’s lot on Great Arrow.