Buffalo, NY - September 11, 2014 - As the heat of the competition was rising at the 68th Buffalo International Horse Show, it was Jennifer Alfano who had all eyes on her with multiple victories on the second day of showing. Alfano racked up the points by winning all five classes in the Working Hunter Division and earned Grand Hunter Champion honors on Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee of Novelty, OH.
"Jennifer rode beautifully," said Steffee, who was onsite to see the bay Brandenberger mare. "It is such a treat to see Maggie show, as Jen has had the ride for about two and a half years now. I am not always present at the shows because I am on the road."
Steffee also took the opportunity to bring a couple of young horses to Buffalo, with Carol Lewis riding, and pulled off the Baby Green Championship on the opening day with Goldsmith O while also showing Gold and Silver in the Pre-Green Hunter Division.
Finishing behind Alfano to win the Working Hunter Reserve Champion position was Doreen Toben's Del Piero with Alicia Heberle in the irons.
Alfano continued to dominate on her own Candid, a 6-year-old warmblood gelding, who walked away with the Conformation Hunter Champion honors and the EQUUS Best Performance title. Alfano was overjoyed with her mount's performance.
"It is always great when the horses are so good at home in front of the hometown crowd," Alfano said. "Candid was happy to show and return to his own stall for the balance of the afternoon. There is no place like home, and he certainly proved that this morning."
Alfano also carried off the Conformation Hunter Reserve Championship with Bernadette Mulliken's Corasonne, who shined in the division.
"This is my first trip to Buffalo and I am thrilled with the facility," said Mulliken. "There is so much history here, and it is a pleasure to be showing at such an outstanding venue."
Alfano couldn't wipe the smile off of her face, as she continued to claim championships throughout the duration of the day. She had to dig deep on SBS Farms' Social Hill, but had beautiful rides, finishing on top of the division, nabbing the Pre-Green Championship and the Mr. and Mrs. James Bokor Pre-Green Incentive title. Alfano and Me Again, owned by Helen Lenehan, took the Pre-Green Reserve Championship.
"Me Again, a 5-year-old grey gelding, was aptly named after my success with grey geldings like Gabriel and Night Owl," Lenehan said. "We are back to the greys, so Me Again seemed appropriate," she laughed.
Although she made a fabulous impression on the crowd, the talent today didn't stop with Alfano. In the Non-Pro Hunter division Sydney DeGrazia rode to top honors on Susan Banta's Reville Z, with owner and rider Shelly Shaulinski close behind on Joe Rockhead.
The Performance 3'6" Hunter division brought great excitement to spectators with David Boley riding to the blue on Dr. Ellen Bifano's Placido. Boley continued to dominate the division, grabbing second on Zorana Danis' Kingdom Come.
The day was closed with $1,000 Groom's Class Exhibition. There was a three way tie for first between Jessica Litfin, a third year winner, Kaylee Drier and Amy Polachek, who are all from SBS Farms.
The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions will conclude tomorrow when the champion is named, as well as the $1,000 "Full Monty" Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. The Junior Hunters will get underway with their divisions, as well as the $1,000 Up the Creek Junior Hunter Classic. In the evening, onlookers will have the opportunity to watch the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Demonstration and enjoy the Children's/Adult Jumpers and Low Children's/Adult Jumpers.
For more information about the Buffalo International Horse Show or the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center please visit thebtrc.org.