Morgan Ward Wins $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Buffalo International Horse Show

Broadway earned the win in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby with Morgan Ward in the irons.
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August 13, 2015--New York City may be the home of Broadway theatre, but this weekend it was in Buffalo, New York that a slightly different Broadway stole the spotlight. On Saturday evening at the Buffalo International Horse Show, the 9-year-old Oldenberg gelding, Broadway, earned the win in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby with Morgan Ward in the irons.

Morgan Ward and Broadway | Photo Copyright SEL Photography

Morgan Ward and Broadway | Photo Copyright SEL Photography

The young rider made the trip from her home in Milford, New Jersey to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) to be a part of the 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show. In addition to her win in the derby, she and Broadway found success in the 3'6" Junior Hunters, including another Saturday victory, this time in the $1,000 Up the Creek Junior Hunter 3'6" Classic.

"Broadway is a phenomenal horse. Ever since we got him, he's been unbelievable," Ward said previously of gelding owned by her sister Lindsey Ward. "I ride him like a big pony. He'll leave from wherever for me, which is so nice. He jumps like a freak. He's just everything."

Ward's blue ribbon in the USHJA National Hunter Derby was the first of three large awards presented during the Saturday evening session of competition. Immediately following the derby, it was the children's and adult jumpers' turn in the spacious indoor ring at the BTRC for back-to-back classic rounds. In the $2,500 S.A. Comunale NAL Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, the victory went to Lydia Ulrich and Up Stream, owned by Up the Creek Farm. In the $1,500 S.A. Comunale NAL Low Children's/Adult Jumpers it was Samantha Majchrzak and her own Sully who claimed the top spot.

Majchrzak's win in the Classic also secured her spot as the top in the Low Children's/Adult Jumper division, earning she and Sully the division championship. The reserve championship went to Jessica Sciarra of SBS Farms and her own Caspian.

In the Children's/Adult Jumpers, the championship was awarded to another rider from SBS Farms, Paige Kouimanis and her mount Lexus, owned by Sweet Oak Farm. Lauren Paddock and Chacca Blue, owned by Gina Calicchio, won the reserve championship.

Samantha Majchrzak and Sully | Photo Copyright SEL Photography

Samantha Majchrzak and Sully | Photo Copyright SEL Photography

Prior to the start of the featured evening session, the Buffalo International Horse Show named this year's Adult Amateur Hunter champions. Earning the championship in the Adult Amateur 36 and Over Hunters were Penelope Ayers and her own Cezanne. In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters, the championship would be one of many this week for young rider Lydia Ulrich. She clinched the win on her 7-year-old Warmblood gelding Sansouci. The reserve champions went to Alexis Mierzwa riding Helen Lenahan's Me Again in the older division and Dr. Jackie Boyczuk and her own Harley in the younger section.

Other Saturday hunter classic round winners included Lydia Ulrich and Sansouci in the $500 "Shogun" Adult-Amateur Hunter Classic, Amelia Ruth and Ponies & Palms Show Stable's Spellbound in the $1,000 "Scribbles" Pony Hunter Classic and Alex Troli and the BRTC's Hey Sailor in the $1,000 Up The Creek Farm Junior Hunter 3'3" Classic.

Competition at the 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show concludes on Sunday with the completion of the junior hunter, pony hunter, children's pony and children's hunter divisions, as well as the $500 Johnson Horse Transportation Silver Stirrup Cup.

To learn more about the Buffalo International Horse Show and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center visit www.thebtrc.org.

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69th ANNUAL BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS:

EVENT: 69th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will run from September 9-13, 2015.

WHAT: Buffalo's most prestigious horse show. The premier horse show is one of the best ways for exhibitors to prepare themselves and their horses for the fall indoor circuit of finals. BIHS offers a large indoor arena for competition that gives horses and riders a chance to compete indoors before showing at the national finals in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. or Kentucky. The horse show offers generous prize money in every division.

Sanctioned and recognized by: United States Equestrian Federation, Premier rate Hunter and 2* Jumper; Syracuse Professional Horsemen's Association; Ohio PHA; WPPHA.

WHERE: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, 950 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216

WHEN: September 9-13, 2015
PRIZE LIST: http://www.thebtrc.org/files/9514/3481/4336/BIHS_Prize_list_2015.compressed.pdf

HIGHLIGHTS:
"Scribbles" Pony Hunter Classic
"Say Hey" Children's Hunter Classic
"The Fully Monty" Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic
$1000 Grooms Class sponsored by Penelope Ayers and Ravens Wood Farm
Johnson Horse Transportation $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
S.A. Comunale Low and High Child/Adult Jumper Classics
Up the Creek Farm Junior Hunter Division
Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor $1,000 Pre Green Division and $1,500 Pre Green Incentive Class
$1,000 TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division
ADMISSION: Free for spectators, except for Friday and Saturday night events, where admission is $5 for adults, and children 10 and under are free.

PARKING: Free on Amherst Street, on the grass on Great Arrow street, or in the school parking lot on Great Arrow.

DIRECTIONS: From NY Thruway/I-90, it is only 10 minutes to the horse show facility. From I-90, take Rt 33 West. Follow to NY-198 East/Scajaquada Expressway West. Continue on the 198 then take the Route 384 North/Delaware Ave exit. At the stop sign, turn right and immediately turn left at the first light, which puts you on Delaware Ave. Follow Delaware Ave. until Amherst Street. Turn left on Amherst Street, travel less than 200 feet, and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is on the right.

THE FACILITY: The Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club was built in 1921 as an indoor polo arena. Today it is known as the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BEC) and features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Located at 950 Amherst Street, in the heart of metropolitan Buffalo, it is now the home of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms, Inc. The five-acre site includes the indoor sand 120x 90 riding arena, stables, paddocks and an outdoor riding ring. The spectacular barn offers permanent stalls for all horse show participants.

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for over twenty years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16. Programs are designed and taught by Jenna Zografos, an instructor certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). The BTRC is the only therapeutic riding facility in Western New York with four PATH certified instructors. Volunteers are always needed and are an invaluable part of the program. They can assist with horse care and handling or can serve as a friend and side walker. For more information, please call (716) 877-9295.

The Buffalo Equestrian Center is part of The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. They continue the tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club, giving lessons to kids starting at age six through adult ages. The BEC holds clinics with Jennifer Alfano, a summer camp, and is now a member of the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association). Lessons are given all year Tuesday through Sunday.

SBS Farms is also based out of the BTRC, with owner Susan Schoellkopf. Susie serves on the Pre Green Hunter Task Force and Junior Hunter Taskforce and the D&M committee. Susie is also an "R" rated hunter judge and was recently inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. Jennifer Alfano is the trainer for SBS Farms. She is a two time World Champion Professional Hunter Rider, and won the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in 2012 aboard Jersey Boy. Jennifer also has ridden numerous USEF Horse of the Year awardees. Jennifer has trained top amateur, junior and pony riders.
Blue Ribbon Sponsors: Hodgson Russ LLP, Up The Creek Farm, Robert-James Sales Inc., Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor, Reflections Farm, Laura and Meredith Mateo, Sanderson Wealth Management, Lynn Seithel, Billie Steffee and Craighead Farm, Lissa Davis Tepas, Tickets.com, WGRZ Channel 2.
Red Ribbon Sponsors: Arena Products, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banta, Jill O. Brown, Dun Foundation, The EMO Agency Inc., Erie County Medical Center, Kim Griswold, Samantha Hallman, The Hunter Horn and Shelly Shaulinksi, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Jewett, Helen D. Lenahan, Phelps Media Group, JPJ Farm, Katie Jacobs Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. William Stanbro, and John R. Steel and Associates.

Yellow Ribbon Sponsors: Ashland Farms, Ken and Emily Smith, Beth Ashworth, Wayne Ashworth, Susan Blaisdell, Mr. and Mrs. JJ Boissier, Capital Fence Company Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, Dr. Elizabeth Doherty, FinishLine Products, Mr. Harold Frey, Anita Gates, Robert and Sally Gioia Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Grazing Fields Inc., Roy Hasely Hay & Straw, Susan Heller, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Heussler, Toddy Hunter, Chris and Jeff Jacobs, The Lenehan Family, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Mobius, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pfalzer, Ms. M. Virginia Procter, RSB Farms Inc., Mr. Robert Goldfarb and Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Mark Samuels, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Singer, Spot Coffee, Don Stewart Stables, Swimco Pools DBA Minute Trucking, Towne Automotive Group, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Trolli, Pamela Jacobs Vogt in honor of Dick Forrestal, Walsh Duffield Cos. Inc., Andrew, Emily, and Will Wyckoff, Greg and Donna Yungbluth.

CONTACT:
Buffalo International Horse Show
950 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
716-877-9295 (phone)
716-877-4001 (fax) 
sbeat@aol.com
www.thebtrc.org