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In Memory of Stephen A. Comunale, Jr.

When Stephen first came to the BTRC (Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center) with his pony, Millie for a lesson with Jennifer Alfano, he was a very timid pony rider. His confidence and talent grew quickly, and eventually he was riding top horses at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the country.

Stephen was adored by all of the BTRC riders, and everyone who crossed his path, but it was time for Stephen to move back to Ohio and help run his father’s business. Just as he had in the horse world, he completed every job that needed to be done to the best of his ability. In 2005, Stephen had been diagnosed with cancer. His long time girlfriend Julie and his brother John never left his side in the last few months, during which he led family and friends through his horrific disease with humor and a lust for life. He never complained to anyone – not once. He touched young and old, and it was to no ones surprise when over 500 people attended his funeral in 2006.

Stephen’s Fun Day serves as a tribute to Stephen’s passion for life, horses, and determination.