Kady, TX – April 2, 2014 - Week after week, show after show, Jennifer Alfano has found herself claiming the coveted tricolors in just about every hunter division in which there is to compete. This past week was no exception, as Alfano claimed four different championships and two reserve titles in five different hunter divisions.
SBS Farms packed their trunks and traveled to Kady, Texas, for the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show last week. They had successfully nabbed top honors throughout the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and arrived in Texas with circuit championships. Alfano and Counting Stars captured the First Year Green Working Hunter Reserve Circuit Championship, while Maggie May with Alfano in the irons was awarded the Second Year Green Working Hunter Circuit Championship. Candid rose to the top of the Green Conformation Hunter division, finishing as the 2014 Circuit Champion. The rosettes did not stop there as Alex Trolli and Del Piero secured the circuit’s reserve championship for their efforts in the Antares Children’s 15-17 Hunters.
Alfano cleaned house in the Regular Conformation Hunters, championing in the division on her own Candid and taking reserve aboard Timber Ridge, owned by Shane George. Candid won every single class in the division, including the model and the under saddle, proving himself to be a true blue ribbon hunter horse in both movement, conformation and jumping ability. Timber Ridge was a solid second fiddle to his barn brother Candid, taking second in every class in the division.
SBS Farms’ horse, Counting Stars, kept Alfano’s winning streak alive in the First Year Green Working hunters, claiming the overall championship for the division. A recent acquisition of SBS Farms, Counting Stars is proving himself to be quite the competitor, steadily improving and adding to his resume under Alfano’s tutelage.
Next in line for her chance to shine with Alfano was the fabulous mare Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee. The bay Bradenberger mare took the victory in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Maggie May caught the judges’ eyes with her fluid gaits, riding to the blue ribbon in the under saddle. She also won the handy round with Alfano, showing off her beautiful jumping form and tidy turns on the challenging course. Another accolade Maggie May can add to her resume is a seventh place finish in the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, an astounding feat for such a young horse.
Alfano’s long-time partner Jersey Boy did not disappoint either, finishing his week in Texas as reserve champion of the High Performance Working Hunters. Jersey Boy won two of the over fences classes, showing his younger barn-mates how it’s done in the 4-foot hunters.
Also adding their names to Alfano’s ever growing list of successful hunter mounts is Me Again, owned by Helen Lenahan, who placed third with Alfano in the very prestigious and competitive Pre-Green Incentive class. Alfano also piloted Montgomery, a horse owned by Shane George, to victory in Performance the 3’3″ Hunters, with a first place finish under saddle and a pair of red ribbons over fences. Alfano concluded her string of victories with the second place ribbon in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard the Lauren Wessan owned mount Krunch.
Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visitwww.thebtrc.org.