Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy Finish Second During $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show
Monday, June 1, 2015
Devon, PA - Once again, Jennifer Alfano and the remarkable 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare,Miss Lucy, were found near the top of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby leader board at this year's Devon Horse Show. The persistent pair worked their way up two spots from the first round where they claimed third place, proving they wouldn't settle for anything less than perfection in the second round.
The duo's endurance paid off, awarding them with second place overall amongst this year's competitive lineup of top hunters. Alfano and Miss Lucy were awarded an 87-point base score from the first judging panel; however, their high option points and handy points would put the pair at a 99. The second judges panel was consistent in their scoring, rewarding the pair for their handiness with a base score of 86, four high-option points and an additional seven handy points. They would take the top score of the handy round with the high scoring total of 196 points.
"Miss Lucy is so reliable, you can always count on her to give 110 percent," smiled Alfano. "She is actually a little more reliable than Jersey Boy, because you never have to wonder. With him, he has his moments. She is one of those horses that tries to do everything right all the time."
Alfano and Jersey Boy, who is often regarded as the "quintessential Derby horse," left little to the judge's imagination when they walked away with a final score of 358 points, placing fourth overall in the class. Alfano rode the chestnut, owned by SBS Farms, Inc., to 12th place in the first round, but navigated a smooth, effortless course to climb all the way up to fourth place in the second round.
Alfano landed sixth place with her mount Miramar after her first ride, and 12th place after her shot at the handy course. These performances resulted in the pair capturing the 12th place spot overall in the 2015 $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
The results of the $2,500 High Performance Working Handy Hunter O/F continued to prove that Alfano could wear many hats at once. Alfano rode to good ribbons on both Billie Steffee's Maggie May, in second place, and Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy, in sixth.
The following day, the rider continued to give the her competitors a run for their money when she took home second place on Miss Lucy in the $3,500 High Performance Working Hunter Stake against many determined horse-and-rider combinations. Five places behind this outstanding pair came Alfano on Maggie May, achieving seventh place amongst the competitive bunch.
Throughout the duration of the week, Jennifer Alfano made it clear that she was not shy of proving her worth at this year's 2015 Devon Horse Show. She has continued to establish her spot as a dedicated top hunter rider, and her results from this year's 2015 Devon Horse Show have only solidified her dedication to the sport.
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 please visit www.sbsfarms.com. For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit visit www.thebtrc.org.