Sarah Barge Crowned Grand Hunter Champion on Day Two of Buffalo International Horse Show

Buffalo, N.Y. – Sept. 13, 2018 – Competition at the 72nd annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) continued on Thursday with many divisions crowning their respective champions. The excitement from Wednesday’s competition carried over to Thursday, where Sarah Barge rode away with both the High Performance/Green 3’6”/3’9” Hunter Champion as well as the Grand Hunter Championship.

Barge and Marvelous, owned by Christine Steer, maintained their lead in the High Performance/Green 3’6″/3’9″ Hunter division, earning two first place ribbons over fences on Thursday to secure the championship tricolor. Reserve champion was awarded to Alfano riding Talladega after the pair earned a second and a fourth place during Thursday’s portion of the division.

Ashley Hotz and Le Diplomate brought home the championship title in the Performance 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter division. Hotz and Le Diplomate, owned by Michelle Gauchat, earned the tricolor after receiving a first and fifth place over fences and a first place on the flat. The reserve championship in the division was awarded to Barge and KT Caraco, owned by STA Enterprises, LLC.

In the Green 3′ Hunter division, it was Justin Meyers who took home both the championship and reserve championship. Meyers rode Cool Heart, owned by Elizabeth Louisell, to the championship and his own mount, C Major, to the reserve championship. Jennifer Alfano emerged victorious in the $1,500 Robert James Sales USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive, where she took home the top three spots in the class. Alfano scored the blue riding Talladega, owned by Sharon O’Neill.

The $1,000 Grooms class, sponsored by Penelope Ayers, followed the day’s competition and awarded Shauna Pingrey top honors, representing Hasty Hills Farm. Marcella DuVol earned second place for Up The Creek Farm and Randi Byrd, representing SBS Farms, Inc., rounded out the top three.

The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby is still to come on Saturday, Sept. 15, along with a full schedule of competition on Friday. Stay tuned for more results from the 2018 Buffalo International Horse Show!

Competition at the Buffalo International Horse Show will resume on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

The BIHS is held each year as a benefit for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) and is designated a ‘Heritage’ competition by US Equestrian (USEF), reserved for horse shows in existence for 25 years or more. The BIHS is fortunate to be one of less than 30 horse shows nationwide that holds this illustrious status.

For more information regarding the BIHS and BTRC, please click here.

All photos by Jess Windhurst Photography