Emma Seving Claims the Win in The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Buffalo International Horse Show
Buffalo, NY – September 17, 2016 – The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby was the highlight of the evening Saturday at the 70th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS). It was Emma Seving and Inside Scoop who stole the spotlight, continuing their weekend winning streak by not only taking home the top spot in the derby, but also the Leading Rider trophy, given in memory of Russel Frey.
The $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation USHJA National Hunter Derby saw top competitors from across the nation vie for the honors, but Seving stood out among the rest, winning the two-round derby event with beautiful efforts. Lara McHale and Mine finished second, while Jennifer Gurney and Gianni rounded out the top three.
Seving, of Newtown Square Pennsylvania, not only captured the derby win, but she took the top spot in the $1,000 Up the Creek Farm Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter Classic. She also clinched the classic win in the Junior 3’3″ Hunters aboard her own Inside Scoop, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, capping off a successful weekend.
Saturday evening also saw the awarding of championship prizes in the jumper divisions. In the Children’s/Adult 1.10m division it was Paige Kouimanis and her own Lexus who brought home both the tricolor ribbon and the overall Grand Jumper Champion Ford Roy Trophy. The pair also topped the class in the $2,500 S.A. Comunale NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.
During the $1,500 S.A. Comunale Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Kelly Waples and her own Ever Sinful finished in the top spot. Finishing in second place was Alexis Mierzwa and Jessica Sciarra’s Caspian, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Mierzwa also brought home the championship in the 1.0m Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers.
Day three of the BIHS kicked off with the Adult Amateur Hunter divisions. In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division Lydia M. Ulrich and Sansouci and Erika Lipke aboard Amnesty were trading out the top spot finishing one-two to each other in both of the over fences classes. The two were also one-two in the division championship with Lipke taking home the tricolor and Ulrich the reserve. Angela M. Nealer and her own All For Scho, an 11-year-old Trakehner gleding was the champion in the Adult Amateur 36 and Over Hunter division while Alexis Mierzwa and Whispering were the reserve champions.
On Friday evening, following the conclusion of the day’s hunter competition, riders from the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center took to the ring for an inspiring demonstration of all that they have worked so hard on through the program. Each year, the BIHS serves as one of the largest fundraisers for the therapeutic riding program, the events sole beneficiary. The students showcased the exercises and horses used in the program, exemplifying the hard work of the staff and volunteers throughout the year.
Friday night saw the jumpers get their turn to take to the ring. Paige Kouimanis and her own Lexus, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding had an excellent evening. The pair placed first in the Children’s/Adult Jumper 1.10m jump-off class and second in the speed class behind Emma Seving and Sweet Oak Farm’s Mahogony, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.
In the Children’s Pony Hunter division, it was Sadie F. Rutkowski of Rochester, New York, and her own Mapleside Voila, an 8-year-old Welsh Pony Cross mare, who finished on top in both over fences classes.
In the Adult Amateur 36 and Over Hunter division Alexis Mierzwa and BTRC’s Whispering took home the blue in the $500 “Shogun” Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. The pair also finished in the top spot in the Adult Amateur 36 and Over Hunter over fences class. Close behind Mierzwa in second place in both classes was Robin Anderson and Skidmore College’s Revealed, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding.
Competition at the 70th 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.
The Buffalo International Horse Show is one of fewer than 20 national horse shows recognized with the USEF Heritage Status. This designation 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.
To learn more about the Buffalo International Horse Show and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center visit www.thebtrc.org.