Buffalo, NY - October 24, 2014 - On Sunday, Oct. 19, 17-year-old Alex Trolli of SBS Farms rode to the top of the standings at the USHJA Zone 2 Hunter Finals to capture the Children's Hunter Horse 15-17 Reserve Championship with Hey Sailor, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The talented young rider currently sits second in the year-end standings with Hey Sailor and sixth with Del Piero, owned by Doreen Toben.
SBS trainer Alicia Heberle was on the road with Trolli throughout the summer, helping her collect points at top shows across the nation. Trolli only competed in 12 shows to qualify for the USHJA Zone 2 Hunter Finals, but with the SBS Farms powerhouse team, it came as no surprise that she rode to the pinnacle of the standings. During the summer months, Trolli competed at Saugerties, consistently placing well in classes with over 40 competitors.
"I was definitely very nervous, but I think I handled it well. I just rode and did my best," Trolli said. "Alicia really helped me with my nerves. She stays so calm, so in turn, it made me stay calm." Trolli continued, "I went in first with Hey Sailor, and she was perfect. She didn't look at anything. When I rode Del Piero, he looked around a little more, and he was great, but Hey Sailor really showed off."
Together, Trolli and her mounts have been unstoppable throughout the 2014 show season, and they didn't lose any momentum at the Zone 2 Finals. Trolli rode Hey Sailor to the second place over fences and third place under saddle, and she also guided Del Piero to the fifth and sixth. Trolli will close out the end of the year in second place for her efforts.
"I wasn't expecting to get reserve champion, but I was very happy about it," Trolli described. "I was really surprised because my nerves were a little higher during our second round over fences, but Hey Sailor and Del Piero were both great. Sitting in second for the end of the year is such a wonderful honor and means more to me than I can say because we have come such a long way in a short time."
Trolli will now move up to the junior hunters and is looking at colleges with competitive equestrian programs. She wants to continue on the pipeline for as long as possible, and she admitted that she could not have done it without the spectacular team at SBS Farms.
Susie Schoellkopf said, "Alex is a hard worker and a very good rider. She has a great support team with her family, especially her parents. She and Alicia have been quite a team with two top horses."
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 visit www.thebtrc.org.
To learn more about the 2014 USHJA Zone HOTY Finals visit http://www.ushja.org/zones/documents/2014_HOTY_Specs.pdf