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Kelley Farmer Claims Crown, Top Three Spots, Big Payday in $100k USHJA International Hunter Derby

(C) ESI PHOTOGRAPHY. Kelley Farmer and Mindful.

Ocala, FL (February 28, 2016): The second $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby of the HITS Hunter Derby Tour paid a visit to HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida on Saturday during Week VI of the Ocala Winter Circuit. As the sun set, and the lights of Ocala Horse Properties Stadium flickered to life, the crowd watched in anticipation to witness who could master the course with finesse and the highest caliber of precision.

Following the Furusiyya FEI Nation’s Cup week at HITS Ocala, was the biggest hunter week of winter and the stage was set – Tim Hott of Cumming, Iowa designed a beautiful course of 13 fences for the forty-one who gathered from the East Coast and beyond to contest the two-round derby. It would be Keswick, Virginia equestrian Kelley Farmer who would walk away from the ring with the top three titles and four additional ribbons in the top 12.

“All of the horses were great through the course, and the course was beautiful too; [the event] was just all around quality in addition to having the opportunity to compete for this kind of money here,” said Farmer.

Farmer claimed first place with seasoned derby winner, Mindful, owned by Kensel, LLC, as well as second with Baltimore, owned by Jane Gaston, and third with It’s Me, co-owned with Bibby Hill and Sue Pinney.

“It’s just incredible, but I could not have done it without everyone you see out here, the owners and all who support us. It takes a village. I also owe it to all of these talented, four-legged animals – they’re amazing,” Farmer said, nearly speechless at the plethora of victories. “I was lucky enough to have plenty of shots [at the win].”

Two panels of judges including Scott Williamson, Kim Dorfman, Mike Rosser and Steve Wall, critiqued each rider’s craft.

“The course was beautiful and very well done,” said “R” Judge for the United States Equestrian Federation of 25 years, Mike Rosser. “The fences were unique, and it was a different track than you normally see. The riders had not just one or two options, but three or four options – it was one of the better quality courses that I have seen.”

Unique to the derby format, in addition to the base score, each judging panel awarded an Option Bonus Score consisting of one additional point for every higher height option fence jumped. As 12 returned for the second round, judges awarded a base score, Option Bonus Score and a Handy Bonus Score, assessing the handiness of the round.

Farmer finished the first round with the highest score aboard Point Being, owned by David Glefke. Six of the 12 returning rounds were piloted by Farmer, but a talented list of contenders ready to rally for blue still filled the second-round Order.

After four trips, two including Farmer and her eventual seventh place mount Need I Say and eighth place Courville Paola, owned by Melissa Rudershausen, no score had come close to Farmer until Cassandra Kahle of Langley, British Columbia stepped in.

Kahle and Cornetto Royal, owned by Yvetta Rechler-Newman, meticulous in their pursuit of a win, opted for all four height options and received a combined total of 15 Handy Bonus Points. It was quite the comeback, but not enough to garner the lead. A first-round score of 172.5 combined with a second-round score of 196 totaled 368.5 for fourth place, just half of a point away from what would be Farmer’s third place score of 369.

Eighth in the order was Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and Brunello. The graceful chestnut Hanoverian and Boyd, a three-time winner of the USJHA International Derby Championships, opted for all four height options and received a combined total of 15 Handy Bonus Points from the two judging panels. They earned a second-round score of 188, which combined with their first-round score of 176, gave them a total of 364 for the eventual fifth place.

The last four trips of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby belonged to Farmer. The victory was hers to win, with the horse she would share the winner’s circle yet to be determined.

Farmer returned with Baltimore. Opting for all four height options, and earning a combined total of 14 Handy Bonus Points from the two judging panels, they received a total second-round score of 197.5. Combined with their first-round score of 177, that gave them a total of 374.5 for second place – not a bad turn-out for the Oldenburg’s first-ever derby.

“Baltimore is a first-time derby horse, and to be second with him is just wonderful. It’s an awesome result,” said Farmer.

Farmer followed her own round with It’s Me. The judging panels awarded a combined 14 Handy Bonus Points and a total second-round score of 192. Combined with their first-round score of 177, they came out just ahead of Cassandra Kahle with an overall total of 369 for third place.

Mindful and Farmer entered to put in the winning round, and the stunning black Hanoverian gelding silenced the crowd as they gracefully conquered the course, earning a total second-round score of 211. Combined with their first-round score 185, their overall score of 396 sky-rocketed above the rest to top the leaderboard.

“Mindful is a seasoned derby horse,” said Farmer. “He makes it easy, he knows what he is doing and is just a true winner.”

The $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will make two more visits to HITS this year, stopping at HITS Desert Circuit VIII in Thermal, California, March 15-20 and again at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI in Saugerties, New York, August 3-6.

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Shepherd Pulls Hat Trick in $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd and Triompf.

Just for Now Wins $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby; the Gulf Sees Record Pre-Green Entries

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama established herself as the Derby Queen when she pulled a hat trick Friday morning, taking the top three placings in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on a course designed by Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Shepherd held the top two highest scores after the first round with Loretta Patterson’s Triompf with a score of 183 and Helen Gilbert’s White Lightning with a score of 163. Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama and Alina Dumitrescu’s Shutterbug sat in third position after earning a first round score of 162. Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania sat in fourth with Rebecca Patterson’s Vecchia Murano with a score of 161, and Shepherd and Barbara Risius’ Longstreet were on their heels with a score of 161.50.

Shepherd held the lead with Triompf in the Handy round after posting a score of 203 for a combined total of 386 which would win the class. White Lightning earned a second round score of 190 and a combined 353 which would award them the second place ribbon. Longstreet earned a second round score of 192 and combined with their first round score of 161.50, moved them into third place. Dergin Park, owned by Henrietta Hall and ridden by Sarah Invicta Williams of Santa Fe, New Mexico, finished in ninth place in the first round with a score of 154.4, but after earning a Handy round score of 192, moved up to an overall fourth place finish with a combined score of 346.5.

Isabelle Potts’ Fusagers Carma, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, had an eighth place finish in the first round with a score of 156 but their Handy round’s score of 187 and combined 343 moved the pair up to a fifth place finish overall.

Maddrix and Specialty sat in the third place position after the first round, but after posting a second round score of 174.5, would find themselves moving into sixth place overall.

Forte and Vecchia Murano moved from third position to seventh place overall, after earning a second round score of 175 for a combined total of 336. Shepherd and Margaret Camp’s Cascaron finished twelfth in the first round with a score of 149, but after earning a second round score of 183 and a combined total of 332, moved into eighth place overall.

Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now
Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now

Just for Now wins the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The hunter excitement continued as the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci, saw nineteen horse and rider teams compete for the win. Just for Now, owned by Lori Matthews and ridden by Courtney Calcagnini of Argyle, Texas, was awarded with the first place honors, followed by Protocol, owned and ridden by Lilah Babineaux of Lafayette, Louisiana. Third place honors went to Redfield Farm’s Quidam, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams, while fourth place was awarded to Carita Palmer’s Grey Goose, ridden by Jason Schnelle of Collierville, Tennessee. Fifth place went to Sabina Holtzman’s Magnus Hermes, ridden by D. Samuel Pegg of Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. Sixth went to Stonebridge Farm’s A Timely Affair, ridden by Sue Takata of Athens, Texas.

Big Numbers in the $5 Pre-Green Division

The Pre-Green Division led off the big hunter numbers for the week in the 3′ section and 3’3″ division. Jacqueline Roberts-McQueen and Holly Calantoni Houser’s Quadrolino led the 3′ Pre-Greens, while Leopold, owned by Grace Gambel and ridden by Livia Steffee, and Amy Ilson Ochoa and Angela Brown’s Turbo alternated first and second place positions in the 3’3″ Pre-Green Division. “We are really excited that riders and owners are earning valuable mileage for their young horses in the $5 Pre-Green Division,” commented Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator. “People couldn’t believe that we were offering this division for only $5.00, but by the looks of the entries, I think word has now spread,” she added. “We couldn’t be happier that horsemen are taking advantage of this special offering,” she said.

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Game On for End Game, Winner of the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Christina Jason pilots End Game to the win in yesterday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Christina Jason of Aiken, South Carolina and Southland Stables’ End Game were definitely ‘game on’ yesterday at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola Circuit when the pair won the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Legend, out of a field of twelve horse and rider teams.

End Game was first to go in the class and earned a first round score of 89 which included four bonus points. They held the high score for the first round which put the pair in the leading advantage as they entered the Handy round.

“The class was a lot of fun! My horse rode well and jumped great over a very nice, but challenging, course,” commented Christina Jason.

Gray Street, owned and ridden by Alexandra Panetta of Brookeville, Maryland, received a first round score of 86. However, End Game’s Handy score of 91 and combined score of 180 beat Gray Street’s second round score of 88 and combined score of 174.

Rockaway, owned and ridden by Lee Cesery of Jacksonville, Florida, received a first round score of 85. They pair earned a Handy round score of 88.5 and combined score of 173.5 which would see the pair finish in third place overall.

Third Day, owned by Abigail Beaty and ridden by Christina Jason of Aiken, South Carolina, received a first round score of 84 and second round score of 89. Their combined score of 173 would see the pair finishing in fourth.

Scutosa, owned by North Ridge Equine, Inc. and ridden by Casey Johns of Palatka, Florida, finished in fifth place overall after receiving scores of 81 and 84, respectively, with a combined score of 165.

Christina Jason returned for sixth place honors this time in the irons of Cynthia Hallman’s Fig Street’s Duchess. The pair earned scores of 80 and 81, respectively, and a combined score of 161.

Ricardo, owned and ridden by Audrey Muscari of Germantown, Tennessee, finished in seventh overall with a combined score of 159. Can’t Buy Me Love, owned and ridden by Mathieu Rein of Milton, Georgia, finished in eighth place with an overall score of 157, and ninth place was awarded to Perfect Gentleman, owned and ridden by Brittany Wyatt of Fayetteville, Georgia. Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia rode Harbor Hill, LLC’s Hitchcock to tenth place and Charlotte Warren’s Entitlement to eleventh place. Signature, owned by Megan Martin and ridden by Caroline Wilson of Germantown, Tennessee, wrapped up the class in twelfth place.

Pensacola is underway! The fifth anniversary of the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola Circuit started Wednesday and will run through January 31st before the circuit heads to Gulfport, Mississippi for six weeks of AA world-class show jumping.

The talk of the horse show world is the $5.00 Pre-Green Division offered only at the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classics. This special offering is a testament to the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company’s commitment to the development of the young horses in the United States. For only $5.00, owners and trainers can earn valuable competition mileage for their young horses. The specially priced division will be extended to all Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport following the Pensacola Circuit.

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Still on the fence? Come discover why the grass is greener on the Gulf and join us on the Emerald Coast in Pensacola, Florida. Call the office at 228.832.2745 to reserve your stalls today and you can enter online at horseshowsonline.com.

The Gulf Coast Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Gulf Coast Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

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Winn Alden and Attila Top $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Lexington National Horse Show

Winn Alden and Attila.

Lexington, VA – August 8, 2015 – Betty and Ernie Oare just purchased Attila a month ago, and Winn Alden only sat on the gelding for the first time on Friday, but following the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Lexington National Horse Show, the owners, rider and talented gelding seemed every bit the veteran winning team.

In their first time in the show ring together, Alden and Attilla bested a field of 37 other horses to win Friday evening’s national derby, held at the Virginia Horse Center and generously sponsored by Chatham Hall.

“Winn hadn’t shown him at all, and she jumped up and did phenomenally here,” Betty said. “She gave him a beautiful ride. She had two other really nice horses in there tonight, very competent horses that can win in any company, so we were proud of the win tonight. She did a fabulous job.”

The derby win at the Virginia Horse Center was particularly special for the Oares, as Ernie serves as the Virginia Horse Center Foundation Board President, and the couple has been extremely instrumental in the ongoing positive changes at the Horse Center.

“I was really nervous riding for the Oares here!” Alden laughed. “I was nervous because I know [Attila]’s a good horse. They didn’t put pressure on me. I put pressure on myself. My other two in the class had little mishaps in the handy round, so he was my last chance, and he really came through.”

Alden and Attilla picked up an early lead in the class, earning the first round high score of 89 over the Glenn Moody designed course, but their lead would not go uncontested in the second round. Amy Nunnally and Cailler, owned by Carilynn Peyton, had finished the first round on a score of 84.25, but in the second round, they earned the highest score of the class: a 93 including the four high option points.

Their handy round efforts shot Nunnally and Cailler to the top of the leader board with a score of 177.25 and put the pressure on for Alden as the final rider to return. With a second seamless round utilizing all four high option fences, Alden and Attila clinched the victory with a handy round score of 92 and an overall total of 181, while Nunnally and Cailler finished in second.

“It was fun to watch Amy [Nunnally],” Alden said. “She’s my good friend, and she’s been a good friend for a long time. We’ve been in this situation before where she’s put in a really good handy round, so I had to step it up to stay ahead of her. At Deep Run she got me and I ended up behind her, so here I got to stay up front. It’s fun when someone puts the pressure on you like that.”

The win in the derby marks part of a “dream week” for Alden at the Lexington National Horse Show. Earlier in the week she rode to the Conformation Hunter championship, the First Year Green Hunter championship, the High Performance Hunter championship and the ultimately the overall grand hunter championship title on Celtic Gold, owned by Meg Valnoski.

“I really enjoy coming here; I’ve been coming here for a long time,” Alden said of the Virginia Horse Center. “Leslie Brown is such a great person and a great manager; Andrew [Ellis] is always great to work with, and Sarah [Jackson] is one of the best in-gate people around.”

Classes like the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Lexington National Horse Show would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors including Chatham Hall. The all-girls college preparatory boarding school’s riding program offers forward seat fundamentals woven with modern hunter and equitation styles in accordance with horsemanship. Chatham Hall Riding strives to create the multitasking rider of today, making the school one of the top equestrian boarding schools in the country. Learn more about the Chatham Hall riding program online at www.chathamhall.org.

Sarah Boston Is Best in VHSA Children’s Hunter Seat Medal Final

Sarah Boston, 15, worked hard throughout the year to qualify for the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) Children’s Hunter Seat Medal Final, so when she broke her foot a few weeks out from the final, she was not going to let that stop her.

On Friday night at the Lexington National Horse Show, Boston, with broken foot and all, topped the field of 36 other qualified entries to win the 2015 VHSA Children’s Hunter Seat Medal title.

“I didn’t get cleared until Tuesday to ride,” Boston, of Owings Mills, Maryland, said. “It feels really good [to win], especially because I just started riding my horse again [after the injury], and he really just took care of me. He’s perfect.”

Boston, who trains with Amy and Streett Moore at the McDonogh School, and her mount, Royal Ace, were one of six pairs from the initial starting field called back to execute additional testing over fences. With a well-executed test, Boston moved ahead from the third place position to take the win. Finishing in second was Lekha Ramachandran of Greensboro, North Carolina, and taking the third place award was Madison Busey of Ashburn, Virginia.

While the VHSA Children’s Hunter Seat Medal Final is complete for Boston that does not mean that the young rider is going to take more time off from her injury. Next weekend, she will head to Culpeper, Virginia for the Tad Coffin Junior Equitation Finals.

At the Lexington National Horse Show, the VHSA Medal Finals continue with the VHSA Championship on the Flat, the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal Final and the VHSA Horsemanship Championship all on Saturday evening. Competition continues on Sunday with the VHSA/EMO Adult Medal Finals beginning at 8 a.m. in the Anderson Coliseum.

To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center and the Lexington National Horse Show, visit www.horsecenter.org.

The Virginia Horse Center is situated on a 573-acre site with eight barns to accommodate 750 horses in permanent stabling. Indoor stabling can be increased to 1,200 horses with the use of temporary stalls. The Virginia Horse Center hosts 19 show rings, including two large arenas and a five-mile Olympic cross-country course. Four of the Virginia Horse Center barns are winterized with close access to the 4,000 seat indoor coliseum. The Virginia Horse Center is recognized for the excellent footing of its show rings and the durable construction of the concrete stalls. The Virginia Horse Center also offers camping facilities and on-site food and beverage services. Find the Horse Center online at www.horsecenter.org.

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Julie Curtin Pilots Samaritan to the Win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Julie Curtin and Samaritan.

Week II of the Charleston Summer Classic has been non-stop fun for everyone at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was the featured class last night and twenty-seven horse and rider teams competed for the blue.

A first round score of 74.5 was the cutoff point in order to move onto the handy phase. Grace Gumbel of Wilson, Louisiana rode her own Leopold to a second round score of 80 and combined 154.5, which would place the pair in eighth place overall.

Caracas, owned by Mary Claire Ray and ridden by Carlos Aramburo of Red Banks, Mississippi, earned a first round score of 75 and followed Leopold in the handy round. Their second round score of 77 for a combined total of 152 put the pair in ninth place overall.

Lynn Seithel of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina and her own Versace earned a first round score of 76. Their handy round earned them an 81 for a combined score of 157. They would finish in sixth place overall.

DS Holdings, LLC’s Dsh Anka, ridden by Whitney Owens of Windcrest, Texas, earned a first round score of 84, but with a handy round score of 43, would finish with a total of 127 and in the twelfth place position.

Kendall Woodleif of Apex, North Carolina and her own Authentic Gold earned a first round score of 77. Their handy score of 68 and overall score of 145 would see them finish in eleventh place overall.

Aramburo returned for his second handy round, this time in the irons of Amy Yoder’s Unikat. The pair earned a first round score of 78 and a handy score of 78. Their total score of 156 earned them seventh place overall.

Antwerp, owned and ridden by Isabel Coleman of New Orleans, Louisiana, finished their first round with a score of 79. Their handy round earned them 81 points for a total of 160 and placed them in fifth place overall.

L’Esperado, owned by Amber Hill Farm and ridden by Emma Mandarino of Bedminster, New Jersey, placed fourth overall after turning in a first round score of 85 and a handy round of 76 for a total of 161 points.

Owens returned for her second handy round, this time in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM Ex Go. Her second round score of 59 combined with her first round score of 86 put them in tenth place overall with a score of 146.

Life Is Good, owned and ridden by Missy Nolen of Leeds, Alabama, earned a first round score of 87. Their handy round score of 79 for a total of 166 points had the pair finish third overall.

Addison Bihm’s Forever, ridden by Emily Hertz of Cordova, Tennessee, earned an 88 in their first round. Their second round score of 84 for a total of 172 points would see the pair finish in second place.

Samaritan, owned by Jennifer Munday and ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, had the leading first round score of 90. Their handy round also led the pack with a score of 92 for a total of 182 points and they secured the win.

Jennifer Munday was also awarded the Kastel Denmark Hunter Style of Riding Award.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

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HITS to Offer Four $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies

(c) ESI Photography. Amanda Steege and Zidane jumping at HITS Ocala in February 2015.

SAUGERTIES, New York (July 3, 2015): Beginning this fall, HITS will host four $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies at its circuits throughout the country as part of the 2015-2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby series.

“HITS is fully committed to the USHJA and especially this program,” said HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri. “We have decided that in order to do our part to help grow the sport, we should get behind all USHJA programs. This one was particularly easy because it reinforces our previous support for the high performance hunter riders.”

USHJA International Hunter Derbies highlight the tradition of the longstanding hunter discipline. HITS will host four of these derbies – with total prize purses of $100,000 each – in affirmation of its commitment to hunters, much like its offering of four FEI CSI-5* events for jumpers.

“We believe that, as the leaders of the sport, it is our responsibility to offer prize money that raises the bar,” continued Struzzieri. “These Hunter Derbies will offer the highest prize money awarded at any qualifier for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Final in the country.”

Hunter rider and trainer Amanda Steege, owner of Ashmeadow Farm in Bedminster, New Jersey, was thrilled to hear of HITS’ plan to offer these classes. Steege said, “The USHJA Derby Final is something that we gear our whole year towards – we try to go to as many derbies as we can.”

Steege, who campaigns three mounts that are exclusively derby horses, continued, “All of us at Ashmeadow Farm are thrilled that HITS is not only offering four USHJA International Hunter Derbies, but that they’re offering four classes with prize money of $100,000 each. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m so appreciative to Tom and his staff for putting this together. To have the chance to participate in derbies that are offering that much prize money is amazing. It’s great that HITS is doing them.”

HITS 2015-2016 $400,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Tour:

  • National Sunshine II – November 4-8, 2015
  • Ocala VI – February 23-28, 2016
  • Desert Circuit VIII – March 15-20, 2016
  • Saugerties VI – August 3-7, 2016

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Jennifer Alfano Takes 1-2 Finish with Jersey Boy and Miss Lucy in $15,000 USHJA Hunter Derby

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy.

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2015 – In the world of hunter derbies, one name always stands out: Jersey Boy. Today, the 13-year-old chestnut gelding, better known as Lewis, delivered two textbook rounds with Jennifer Alfano during the WCHR Member Event, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, earning a total of 401 points to capture first place overall.

Rider Jennifer Alfano was skeptical about the class, due to the fact that Jersey Boy was so well behaved in the schooling ring. “Lewis is a little temperamental at times; you never really know with him,” Alfano laughed.

From the moment the duo stepped in to the ring, however, it was obvious that Jersey Boy had decided he wanted to impress. Taking all the higher options, Alfano navigated Jersey Boy smoothly through Bobby Murphy’s course, earning a 94 and 96 for the classic round.

“I haven’t ridden a lot of horses that can gallop and jump like he does,” Alfano said. “He is one of those that can stay on the gallop and turn and jump. He is so naturally balanced that I think the turning comes so easy for him.”

The pair especially excelled in the handy, pulling in scores of 92 and 94 from the judges. Adding on 4 points for taking the high options, and 9 and 8 handy points, respectively, Jersey Boy delivered the highest-scoring round of the day. “He definitely excels at the handy,” Alfano said. “That’s his thing.”

Alfano also impressed the judges on Miss Lucy, another mount she holds dear to her heart. Miss Lucy is back after almost two years, and has not slowed down a bit. Coming off of a derby win at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, the mare put in another outstanding performance today to secure second place overall with a score of 374.

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy
Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy

“It’s awesome to have Miss Lucy back,” Alfano said. “Aside from what she does in the ring, she is just a special horse. I’m very lucky to have the two of them.”

Tammy Provost and Kallisto earned a total score of 366.5 to claim third place, with Alfano back atop Miramar earning a 365.5 for fourth place. Fifth place was awarded to Havens Schatt, who piloted Savannah to a score of 360 points. Sarah Young and Gabriella rounded out the top six with a score of 357.

Alfano’s four entries all placed in the top 12 and will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in August for the long-anticipated 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

Earlier in the day, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby was underway, with Sarah Sturges leading the event from start to finish aboard Jessica Blum’s Conan. A smooth opening round resulted in a score of 93, and the pair retuned to the handy, receiving a 92 and utilizing the high options for a four-point boost.

“He likes to jump the jumps,” Sturges explained. “If I get him where he needs to be, he takes care of the rest of it. He’s pretty straightforward. He coasts around and he does his thing and I try to stay out of the way.”

Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole gave Sturges a run for her money, coming in second by a 2.5-point differential. The judges awarded their efforts with scores of 92 and 90.5 for a 182.5 total.

“Totem Pole was fantastic,” Cruciotti said. “He’s been a work in progress for the last three years. We bought him, and then he got hurt. We almost had to put him down. We redid everything and now he is coming back, so it’s kind of like a fairytale that he is being a super star. I cannot thank my sponsors and my team enough, it has been a wonderful day, and I love this class; it’s my favorite.”

Havens Schatt returned next riding Sans Souci for CH Farm LLC, having received a score of 90 in the first round. The pair earned a score of 91 in the handy. However, Cruciotti’s classic round score would give her a leg up for the second place honors, while Schatt would settle for third place today.

Sturges’ victory has her sitting at the top of the Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus leader board, a place she knows all too well. In 2013, Sturges was awarded the $2,500 bonus as the leading amateur rider, and last year her trainer, Christopher Payne of New Hope LLC captured the $10,000 professional leading rider bonus. As an event of the five-part series, the Hallways Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby has become a staple at the spring and summer shows, and will continue into the summer series. The leading riders will be presented with the cash prizes at the end of the Bluegrass Festival on August 16, 2015.

“It definitely helps to start out on top,” Sturges said. “We are only an hour away, so we will definitely compete in the series, but whether or not I win the bonus, it is a fun class. I turned professional at the end of 2013, so it is fun trying to rack up the points for the professional bonus.”

The final day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show concluded with the Grand Championships, sponsored by Visse Wedell of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Emma Kurtz was awarded the Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Championship for her efforts in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division with Frederick, owned by David Gochman. The Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Reserve Grand Championship went to Vivian Yowan and Ransom, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC.

It was the Gochman sisters, Sophie and Mimi, who snatched up the Pony Hunter Grand Championship and Pony Hunter Reserve Grand Championship, respectively. Sophie rode Bit of Love to the high point award during the Small Pony Hunters, while Mimi took the second tricolor for her efforts in the Large Pony Hunters.

The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue May 13-17, 2015, with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby in the Stonelea Ring. Both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will offer WIHS & NAL classics for Children’s & Adult hunter and jumper riders as well as $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics.

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

What:
The Kentucky Horse Shows 2014 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.

Where:
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – May 6-10, 2015
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition

KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – May 13-17, 2015
$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Sponsors:
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion.

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net
During Show – Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Email Tom Blankenship at tomblank@bellsouth.net
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

Hotels:

CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS:
Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Sherry Logan at sherryd.logan@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Finals Award Top Honors

Rachel Heist and Cordelanne. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

2014 Washington International Horse Show Starts Tuesday

Washington, D.C. – October 20, 2014 – The 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its Regional Horse Show in conjunction with the USHJA Zone 3 Finals this weekend on October 17-19, 2014, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The competition is a precursor to the 56th annual Washington International Horse Show, which will run this week, October 21-26, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C.

The regional competition gives local riders a chance to qualify to compete in the WIHS Championship Finals in the children’s and adult hunter and jumper divisions. The WIHS Championship Finals will feature the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship and the $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship on Tuesday, October 21. The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship and the $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship will both be held on Wednesday, October 22.

The big equitation win of the weekend went to rider Rachel Heist in the Gittings Horsemanship Finals. Heist rode her horse Cordelanne to victory with the help of trainer Erin Knepper. Second place went to Hannah Showell aboard Christine M. Lies’ Rintoo. Emily Simon finished third riding Pembroke Point LLC’s Tribecca.

Other equitation divisions in the weekend’s WIHS Regional competition included the MHSA Adult Hunt Seat class, which saw a win for Margot Sanger-Katz riding Paulexi LLC’s Ufonia P. Davina Pruitt-Mentle and Cori Reich’s Dream On finished second, and Carly A. Ziegler placed third aboard Margaret Lebor’s Wicklow. Pruitt-Mentle then went on to win the VHSA Adult Amateur Medal with Dream On. Ziegler rode Cameron Schmitz’s Prime Time to a second place finish, and Amy T. Chandler and Frolich D placed third.

In the VHSA Children’s Medal, Michelle Worek guided her horse Louis Vuitton to victory with Peyton E. Ruddy aboard Madison L. Ruddy’s Clair de Lune in second. Ashley M. Johnson finished third riding Espresso.

The MHSA Children’s Pony Medal was won by Audrey Pelczar riding Pikachu. Olivia Sorrentino finished second riding Catherine Damron’s St. Elmos Fire. Caroline Benson and Snappy Beat placed third.

In the hunter divisions, Laura Flanagan’s First Look earned the championship tricolor in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Zone Finals with Megan McCann in the irons. Poetic Justis, owned and ridden by Brooke Cole, finished in reserve.

In the Adult Amateur Hunter Over 35 Zone Finals, the championship was awarded to Cello, owned and shown by Nicole Wood. Reserve honors went to Quiet Haven Farm LLC’s Swingtown ridden by Rachel Howell.

The Children’s Hunter Horse 14 and Under also hosted their Zone Finals over the weekend with a championship win for Streett Moore’s Oberon ridden by Madeline McManus. Lorenzo and Taylor Morrison finished in reserve.

In the Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 Zone Finals, Kendall Nelson’s Who’s on First? earned the championship ridden by Caitlyn Duzy with Chad Keenum’s Good Measure and Lillie Honiberg in reserve.

The Small/Medium Children’s Hunter Pony Final presented its championship to Fleetwood, owned and ridden by Alexandra Hershfield. Falling Moon Huckleberry and Ashley Schneider finished in reserve.

The Large Children’s Hunter Pony Zone Final was won by Little Man, owned and ridden by Sydney Johnson. Highland’s Right Royal, owned by Alexandra Panetta, was ridden to the reserve championship by Lauren Katz.

In the jumper divisions, the Children’s Jumper Zone Finals saw a win for Cary Hundley and Beste Intentions with Samantha Halo and Airwalk in second and Jillian Kaufman with Double Dutch in third.

Wendy Libert won the Adult Amateur Jumper Zone Finals riding John Bartko’s Papillion Peanut with Alexandra Volta and Lover Boy in second. Amy Lee finished third aboard Raspail d’Elle.

In the Pony Jumper Zone Finals, Megan De Michele jumped to victory aboard Victoria Hutcheson-De Michele’s Agripin Rudy. Shelby Langlois and Pipe Creek Pebbles finished second.

The Low Children’s Jumper Zone Final was won by Lily Gottwald and Verena. Ellie Williams guided Emily Williams’ Valesca to second place honors, and Robyn Miles jumped to third place riding Maristuart Miles’ Ve Y Ve Notable.

The Low Adult Jumper Zone Final saw victory for Randi A. Stamp riding Alison Fisher’s Road Rage. Carly Williams and High Hopes finished second, and Ericka Caslin and Charlotte finished third.

All of the fantastic regional competition in Upper Marlboro, MD, leads up to this week’s 56th annual Washington International Horse Show, featuring many of the nation’s top horses and riders as well as some of the world’s best international competitors. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

For anyone that cannot attend the show in person, WIHS offers free, live-streaming video of the entire event sponsored in part by The Nutro Company. Live-streaming will be available at wihs.org and usefnetwork.com.

Tickets to the event are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. General admission is $15 Tuesday through Sunday. Children ages 3-12 are admitted free to all daytime performances before 5pm. Reserved and VIP tickets are available for evening performances. Ending times are approximate. For Discounted Group Sales, call 202-661-5061. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Verizon Center Box Office. Full ticket information can be found by visiting www.wihs.org/tickets/.

About the Washington International Horse Show
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October, more than 500 world-class horses and riders, including Olympic medalists, arrive in Washington for six days of exciting show jumping and hunter competition. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and the WIHS Equitation Finals, an important goal for top American junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a Washington, DC, institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Christopher Payne Tops Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Standings

Christopher Payne and Harlan.

Lexington, KY – August 20, 2014 – The fifth event in the 2014 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series was held last Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Coming back from two second place finishes during the first two weeks of the Kentucky Summer Series, Christopher Payne took home the winning honors with Harlan during the highlight event, increasing his lead in the Hallway Feeds Leading Rider standings.

The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events to be held during the 2014 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to the series’ leading riders. Molly Sewell has jumped ahead of the winner from the Kentucky Summer Classic, Steve Heinecke, taking over the second place position after placing second on Sunday. Heinecke now sits in the third place position. Vivian Yowan leads the Junior standings, while Adele Norton leads the Amateur standings.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program is in its fifth year and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Hallway Feeds class at the Kentucky National Horse Show on September 20, 2014.

Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.

For more information on Hallway Feeds, please visit www.hallwayfeeds.com.

The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, Trouw Nutrition, EquiVision, Sallee Horse Transport, Tack Shop of Lexington, Tex Sutton, Turf Town Properties and PNC Bank.

For more information about Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Kentucky Summer Series Fast Facts

Events:
Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, USEF National Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and KHJA Horse Show, and the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

What:
The Kentucky Horse Show LLC’s 2014 series includes five weeks of top competition throughout the summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions host the Hagyard Challenge Series with seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Award, as well as the Hallway Feeds National Derby Series.

Where:
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:

NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR & YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS – July 15-20, 2014
KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 23-27, 2014
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 29 – August 3, 2014
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footings
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

2014 USEF PONY FINALS – August 5-10, 2014
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW – August 12-17, 2014
USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Member Event

KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 20-24, 2014
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake
$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Sponsors:
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, GGT Footing, Equestrian Services International, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program, Sleepy P Ranch, and the Official Hotel The Clarion

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net
During Show – Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Email Tom Blankenship at tomblank@bellsouth.net
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709

Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

The Stonelea Ring, Murphy Ring, Walnut Ring, Stonelea/Murphy Schooling Ring, the Alltech Arena and the Rolex Stadium have Otto Sport footing consisting of fine sand and synthetic fiber on pvc mats. The Claiborne, Annex, and Covered Arena (old) rings’ footing consists of a sand cushion on limestone base. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Stonelea: 140′x 280′, Murphy: 135′x 280′, Stonelea and Murphy Schooling: 110′x 400′
Walnut: 300′x 370′, Claiborne: 140′x 270′, Annex 130′x 250′, Covered Arena (old): 145′x 285′ Rolex Stadium: 360′ x 384′, Alltech Arena: 132′ x 265′

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

Hotels:

CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS:
Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Sherry Logan at sherryd.logan@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Media Contact:
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Alfano Captures 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Reserve Championship

Jen Alfano and Jersey Boy from Derby Finals. Shawn McMillan Photography.

Lexington, KY – August 19, 2014 – In 2012, Jennifer Alfano led the victory gallop aboard Jersey Boy when they secured the Hunter Derby Finals Championship. Liza Boyd followed close behind with Brunello that year, smiling at her friend’s success.

Last year, Boyd had her time in the spotlight, riding Brunello to the victory and duplicated her effort for the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, while Alfano captured the reserve championship.

It was the perfect storybook ending for two friends.

After a 12-month qualifying period, the hunter elite were invited to compete for the coveted 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship title. With over 150 qualified entrants, the Derby Finals was held August 14-16 in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The top 25 horse/rider combinations returned to tackle the handy hunter course. The scores from the Classic Hunter Round carried over into the second day of competition, factoring into the overall score for each pair.

Boyd sat in third place after the Classic Round, while Alfano and Jersey Boy held seventh. Jersey Boy performed brilliantly with Alfano in the irons. They showcased their skill during the handy round, shining underneath the Rolex Arena lights for 310.5 points. They jumped up the ranks to claim the reserve championship, only 17 points behind Boyd, finishing with a score of 581.250.

Alfano knew that Jersey Boy was ready to take on the challenge of the handy hunter course, his forte, when he didn’t school well.

“He didn’t school well, which is usually a good sign for him,” Alfano said of the notoriously quirky Jersey Boy. “Usually, the worse school you have, the better he is in the ring, which is a little hard mentally in the schooling area.”

Sure enough, Jersey Boy was on his game the moment he stepped into Rolex Stadium.

“He was perfect,” Alfano said. “As soon as I picked up the canter and locked on the first jump I knew I was really home free. He just gave it his all. He felt phenomenal. I was thrilled with him, and I was thrilled that Liza won. When she went and she was on top I thought, ‘It would be so great if we were first and second,’ and we were.”

Alfano also saw great success outside of the Derby field. She rode her own Candid to the reserve championship in the Green Conformation Hunters with the second place in the model, and two reds over fences.

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.

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