Katy, TX - Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms, Inc. are certainly staying busy in the show ring this spring. This past week, Alfano claimed four championships and one reserve title in five different hunter divisions at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas.
After claiming the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Leading Rider Award, Alfano made a clean sweep of the Green Conformation Hunter division aboard Candid at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show. Candid's beautiful build and brilliant paces earned him first in the model, the hack, and every other class in which he competed. This makes two clean sweeps in the Green Conformation Hunter division in as many weeks for Candid and Alfano, who competed last week in the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Candid was awarded the Leading Green Conformation Hunter Award for his flawless efforts in the division at Spring Gathering.
Jennifer Alfano took the reserve championship in the Conformation Hunter division with the Shane George owned gelding Timber Ridge, falling just behind her winning mount Candid. Alfano and Timber Ridge are nipping right at Candid's heels, however, the pair took second in every class but the model to end up with the reserve championship title.
Never one to disappoint, the talented mare Maggie May also snagged her tricolor for the week in the High Performance Hunter division with Alfano in the irons. Owned by Billie Steffee, Maggie May cannot be beat under saddle, claiming another hack win and adding to the pile of countless other blue ribbons awarded for her beautiful movement. The mare has a picture perfect jump as well, earning two blues over fences as well as a second and third place finish.
Alfano rode Corasonne, the Bernadette Mulliken owned gelding, to the tricolor in the Performance 3'6" Hunter division. Corasonne and Alfano especially shined in the handy round of the division, claiming the blue ribbon for their tidy track and brilliant jumping efforts. Corasonne also earned a pair of red ribbons for her other over fences rounds, and finished third in the hack.
Alfano was up in the irons for owner Helen Lenahan in the Pre-Green 3'3" Hunter division aboard Me Again. The pair earned two first place finishes over fences on their way to claiming the rosette for the division, establishing Me Again as a solid competitor and one to watch as he progresses through the hunter ranks.
Representing SBS Farms, Inc. in the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive class was Social Hill, ridden by Alfano to a second place finish in the class. Social Hill was also earned third place for his efforts with Alfano in the $15,000 Texas Pre-Green Super Stake, proving Social Hill to be a very promising up and comer in the green hunter divisions.
Wrapping up Alfano's rides for the week, she climbed aboard Inside Scoop and Krunch to take third and fifth, respectively, in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Both horses are owned by Alanna Flores, and both proved themselves to be top notch derby contenders with their ribbon finishes in a very competitive field of 22 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.