Articles: Press Release
Kacey McCann and Paddington Win
Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the
58th Buffalo International Horse Show
Photo Credit: Randi Muster
Kacey McCann of Palmyra, PA aboard Barbara Kearney's Paddington was the
Grand Junior Hunter Champion at the 58th Buffalo International Horse
Show. Just 14, McCann is trained by Jennifer Alfano.
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Buffalo, NY - September 18, 2004 - Kacey McCann of Palmyra, PA proved
her mettle today by taking the Junior Hunter 15 & Under Championship and
the overall Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the 58th Buffalo
International Horse Show. Located at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding
Center in upstate New York, this historic event runs from September 15
to 19. The Center is located on 950 Amherst Street, a short distance
from the NY Thruway.
McCann rode Barbara Kearney's 16.1 hand, 12 year-old gelding
'Paddington' to both Championships. Just 14, McCann trains with
Buffalo's Jennifer Alfano. Not content to rest on her laurels, McCann
also captured the Junior Hunter 15 & Under Reserve Championship on
The Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship went to 'Valmont,' owned and ridden
by Ann Molnar. Danielle Rancamp and 'Corrado' were declared the Reserve
Merideth Lipke, Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) President, took
the winner's share of the purse in the $3,000 Open Handy Hunter Class
with her mount 'Once and Again.' Scott Benning jumped Kristin Wilson's
'Valentino' to second place.
The Large Pony Hunter Champion was 'American Dreams', while the Reserve
was Burburry. Both ponies were piloted by Jennifer Waxman.
Kendra Martinfeld's 'Bo Derek' scored a '10' and earned the Medium Pony
Hunter Championship. The Reserve in the division went to Christine
Hannon's 'Little Rascal' ridden by Kate Haley.
Whitney Roper's 'Strike A Pose' carried Jennifer Waxman to the Small
Pony Hunter Championship. The ever-busy Waxman also won the Reserve
Championship on Cardiff Mardi Gras.
"Today was a long but very thrilling day," said Executive Director of
the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and Buffalo Equestrian Center
Susan B. Schoellkopf. "I know everyone is looking forward to our final
show day tomorrow which will feature many of the best junior equitation
riders in the country going head to head in the ASPCA Maclay, HBO Medal,
CEF Medal, and Pessoa USA Hunter Seat Medal classes. Admission is free,
so I hope to see a lot of families come out and enjoy the show."
The host facility of the Buffalo International Horse Show is the Buffalo
Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). Built in 1921, it was then named the
Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club and served as a facility for arena polo.
A non-profit organization, the BTRC provides vital services to
differently-abled youth riders. The use of horses has long been proven
as an excellent therapeutic method of assisting people with both
physical and mental challenges to improve the quality of their lives.
Some of the benefits of therapeutic riding include increased physical
strength and stamina, a greater range of motion combined with the
development of balance and posture, improvement of communication and
social skills along with an increased attention span, and most
importantly of all, an overall boost to confidence and self-esteem. The
Buffalo International Horse Show benefits the BTRC, and is one of the
largest fundraisers for the program.
There is no charge for Sunday admission to the show. For further
information about events at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center,
please contact Erin Wisler at (716) 877-9295. You can also visit and
learn more online at http://ryegate.com/BTRC/index.htm.