Longacres Riding Camp Wins 112 Ribbons at the Erie County Fair

Longacres Riding Camp Wins 112 Ribbons at the Erie County Fair 

HAMBURG, NYLongacres Riding Camp came to the Erie County Fair with 18 horses to compete in the Hunter/Jumper Division of the Horse Show. This year the camp brought home 112 ribbons, more than in any of their 43 continuous years they have been at the Fair.


The students at Camp Longacres have always enjoyed the Erie County Fair and have performed decently. They did better than ever this year for several reasons. The camp had very talented students from all over the country (and one from half way around the world in Bahrain) on the team. There were also some new horses this year with more experience than in the past.


Another key reason the camp won so many ribbons is that horse show manager Jason Gates has been very good about listening to suggestions from area riders, and has changed the format of the show a bit in the past two years. These changes have made the competition friendlier to young riders and local horse people. There are more classes suitable for beginner and intermediate riders than a few years ago. That helps programs like the one at Longacres, where nearly all of the Fair entries are riding lesson horses and not expensive privately owned show horses.


Longacres Riding Camp would like to applaud the Fair for offering an excellent selection of “jumper” classes for all levels of riders. Many of the camp’s ribbons were won in the jumper ring.


A few Longacres riders are from Western New York (Rochester), but most come from out of state, including Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Canada, Connecticut, Bahrain, and California.


Longacres Riding Camp is located in East Aurora and has been in business for 72 years, coming to the Erie County Fair for 43 years without missing a show. The youngest rider, ten year old Anderson Wagner of Naples, Florida, was one of the camp’s biggest winners, with Reserve Champion Pony Hunter and many other awards.  Most camp riders were 13 to 15 years old.


Congratulations to Longacres Riding Camp on this incredible 112-ribbon triumph!