Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, New York is no stranger to the winner's circle, and today was no exception. Jen and her nine-year-old partner Jersey Boy were unbeatable in the High Performance Hunter over fences. The once inconsistent Jersey Boy has matured and definitely made his presence know in the Dixon Oval today. "In the last couple years he really has gotten more dependable every year. He really has grown up a lot and he was great today. "
The eight-year-old Miss Lucy joined the SBS roster late last year. "This is her first Devon and I wasn't sure....I picked up the canter, and she sort of looked out of the ring like oh, what are all these people doing here? And then she was awesome. I was so happy with her. She was really relaxed and felt great. She tries to do well every time she walks into the ring. She really is a trier and really wants to be a winner."
Both Jersey Boy and Miss Lucy will be in the USHJA International Hunter Derby in Honor of the Wheeler Family on the last Sunday of the Devon Horse Show. Jersey Boy is a seasoned veteran of the Hunter Derbies, but Miss Lucy has done only 4 or 5 derbies according to Alfano. "Miss Lucy has been great in the Derbies. She was 10th at Palm Beach, and 2nd in the big one in Houston this year. She's quite good at it. She's so scopey and brave."
Alfano who won the 2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby was thrilled to hear that thanks to the generosity of Rush and Carl Weeden and Diane Carney, Devon will be using jumps from the Chicago Hunter Derby for this year's event. "We always go to the Chicago Hunter Derby (a stand alone class held annually). They do such an amazing job and it's such a beautiful and fun class that we always go to that one. I can't wait to ride in this one. I'm so excited."
Jen summed up her day by saying "I'm just thrilled they both did so well. Winning at Devon is so great, so I was really pleased with both of them. "
Californian John French and Come Monday have the trip of the day, scoring a 90 in the First Year Green Working Hunter Over Fences.