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Buffalo International Horse Show Recognizes Sponsor Support of Historic Horse Show

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
Release Date: 2016-09-09

Buffalo, New York – Sept. 9, 2016 - As summer comes to a close, the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) is looking forward to the start of its 70th annual event. The show, which runs from September 14-18, 2016 at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Club (BTRC), will feature exciting hunter and jumper competition as well as a silent auction and an alumni recognition event. The event also serves as the BTRC’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The BTRC is a therapeutic riding program open to children of all socio-economic backgrounds. The positive, friendly and safe atmosphere enables children with special needs and disabilities to develop both physically and emotionally by forming a special bond with the horses the ride each week.

Each year, the BTRC hosts the Buffalo International horse show, raising crucial funds for the therapeutic program. Last year, the 69th Buffalo International Horse Show was a sell-out event, featuring some of the nation’s top professional, junior and amateur-owner riders. The 2016 event is on point to be another record-breaking year as entries for the competition are already poring in to the show office. The fan favorite silent auction is filled with one-of-a-kind items that are up for bidding. As well as being displayed during the horse show, the silent auction items will also be available online for bidders who are unable to attend the event but still want to show their support to the BTRC.

Sponsorship is a crucial part of the BIHS. It is widely recognized that the event would not be possible without the support of its sponsors, many of whom have sponsored the historic event for multiple years.

Returning sponsors include Penelope Ayers and Ravens Wood Farm, Johnson Horse Transportation, Stephen A. Comunale, Caroline Moran and Goshen Hill Farm, Up the Creek Farm, Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor, EMO Insurance, The Hunting Horn and M&T Bank. The popular Danny and Ron’s Rescue will join the distinguished group of supporters of the BIHS for the first time in 2016. This unique organization helps to unite stray dogs with loving homes by bringing them to horse shows across the eastern United States.

The BIHS recognizes that without continued generosity and support, the BIHS would not be where it is today, as one of the top horse shows in the nation. “We are so fortunate to have the support of our local community, as well as the equestrian industry,” Executive Director of the BTRC, Susie Schoellkopf, said.

“We are looking forward to a landmark year, and a wonderful 70th anniversary to celebrate this historic show, as well as raise funds for the BTRC that will benefit our students.”

Division Championship awards will be presented by EMO Insurance Agency while Reserve Championship awards will be presented by The Hunting Horn. Media sponsorship for the event includes The Buffalo News, WGRZ- Channel 2, and the Phelps Media Group.

In 2013, the BIHS received USEF Heritage Status from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for 25 years or more, and make contributions to the community outside of the show by maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition. The BIHS is one of less than 20 national horse shows that are honored with this prestigious status, and it is a nod to the historic roots which have guided the expansion and growth of the BIHS.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 70th edition of the Buffalo International Horse Show, please contact the BTRC at 716-877-9295 or email

For those interested in participating in the BIHS, the prize list is available here:

For more information regarding the 70th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, please visit or call (716) 877-9295. Entries may be faxed to (716) 877-4001.


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