BUFFALO, N.Y. — The 71st installment of the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) returns to Buffalo, New York, Sept. 13-17, at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). This year’s event will be dedicated in memory of the late Dr. John R. Steele, DVM.
The international sport horse community lost one of its legends earlier this year with the passing of Dr. Steele. Dr. Steele, or ‘Doc’ as he was lovingly known by many, was a pioneer in sport horse medicine and had a distinguished career as an equine veterinarian. Dr. Steele passed away on Feb. 24 at 91 years old.
“Doc has been such an intricate and positive part of SBS Farms and the BTRC for over 40 years,” said Susie Schoellkopf, executive director of the BTRC. “The horses came first. He always reverted back to the remedies he learned from great vets and trainers from his Standardbred days. Rest and long time therapy came first. He was not a believer in quick fixes. He taught us all to be better horsemen.”
Dr. Steele defied his age by continuing to treat horses until the week before his passing. His work ethic was second to none and he is recognized around the world for deeply understanding the ‘whole horse.’
In appreciation for this year’s BIHS exhibitors, the event is offering the following exciting incentives:
- Baby Green Hunters will have no entry fee. Bring your young ones to the BIHS for their first show experience!
- Junior riders will earn a $25 credit for attending a horsemanship class on Sunday morning!
- Trainers who bring five showing horses will receive one free stall; bring 10 or more and get two stalls free!
- All showing horses will be included in a drawing for free entries and one free stall on Saturday night (US Equestrian fees not included)!
The BIHS is a AA rated hunter/jumper show and offers excellent preparation for horses and riders who will be competing at indoor finals this fall as the facility features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the nation. Submit your entries today!
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—Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
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